really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,450 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (5 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

May 222015

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


When the transmission failed it also took the driveshaft carrier bearing with it. Dealer only part and is only available with a new driveshaft. Transfer case also needed to be rebuilt at the same time. Shop reported that the failure was due to the transmission shifting itself between 2nd gear to Reverse on acceleration form a traffic light.

- Lawrence D., Moorpark, CA, US

problem #5

Apr 132017

Explorer Sport Trac XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,429 miles

Just purchased from Lyons Ford in Lewisburg, TN. Not even 1/2 tank of gas later complete transmission failure. they failed to cover this and said 'No warranty on used cars'. They said approx. $4700 to repair. After pleading my case they said they would repair it at cost, $2650. At cost of course means that they're not actually chipping in, they're just not making any more money off me.

This is after they checked out my Ford Explorer XLT trade-in and said there was $1000 repair needed on the flywheel (?Really?). So trying to be fair I upped the price we agree on by the $1000. So instead of $9000 plus trade I paid $10,000 plus trade. And part of the agreement was that I needed a 2" hitch on the back. They said no problem and wrote it in the contract. Now 2 months later and I still don't have my truck or the hitch.

I had previously dealt with McNabb Ford and was very happy over the years with their customer service. I had purchased at least 4 cars previously from them, and also used their service department several times. I went back thinking I was in McNabb Ford only to find out that Lyons had just purchased this location 3 months prior. I decide to give them a try, I guess that was a dumb idea.

- Joseph P., Lewisburg, TN, US

problem #4

Mar 232017

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

How can a truck that has been extremely well taken care of need a new transmission after 40k miles? The truck was serviced every 3000 miles, garage kept, bought new and never towed anything. I was going to buy a new car, a Ford is no longer on my list.

- Tom H., Evansville, IN, US

problem #3

Aug 272015

Explorer Sport Trac XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,037 miles


Purchased the car used with 60k miles from brother in law. Complete maintenance records from him. I have complete maintenance record serviced every 3,000 mile. I drive like an old man. My mechanic told me when I brought the car to him for 1st servicing that he had lots of Explorers with transmission problems. Sure enough at 110k miles, the transmission is being replaced. You would think Ford would have the decency to talk care for the problem from thousands of customers with transmission problems or failure. I will most certainly never purchase a Ford again, as if they care, lol!

- kelleraz, Scottsdale, AZ, US

problem #2

Sep 052011

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4x4 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

well it finally happened. Now I know why Ford has a bad reputation. I have always owned fords with absolutely no problems. But with my sport trac, it has been everything but a joy ride lately. Started complaining about my trans at 75,000, and just like all the other complaints, Ford is not doing anything to resolve this issue.Wish I would of read all of these reviews before my sport trac purchase. 3,000 to replace only at 83,000 miles, ford should be embarrassed. I will definitely sell the vehicle after a few months of replacing the transmission. Pretty disgusted with my local ford dealerships, for just saying" it only needs a flush" when they already knew these were bad transmissions from the start.

- Leo A., Houston, TX, US

problem #1

Jan 222011

Explorer Sport Trac ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,137 miles

Brought to dealership several times. Complained about hard shifting and slipping in the transmission. They kept saying no problems with the transmission. Gave other diagnosis and repairs on radiator, water pump, transmission lines, flushed transmission, and front wheel bearing. Also found fluid leaks from both rear axle seals and repaired. Final insult was complete transmission failure on road trip with very cold weather temperatures.

- richardny, Lake Katrine, NY, US

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