really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,750 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 182011

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 24,000 miles


Brake or transmission is malfunctioning, truck was parked on a flat surface in the driveway and not running, in park, locked and after a bout an hour the truck began rolling, an was stopped my a piece of wrought iron fence, damaging the front bumper. It could have been worse had the fence not been there.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 012010

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 5 speed automatic, V6. Transmission fails to engage; truck has difficulty accelerating from a stop and will roll backwards from a stop if on an incline. Transmission also 'slams┐ gears and feels like the vehicle has been hit from behind. Dealership has failed to repair and has worked on the vehicle for over four weeks with no permanent resolution. Fixes last a couple weeks and then it fails again. Transmission has been removed and many parts replaced, but it still does not work properly. Vehicle does not feel safe from a stop and I am in fear of an accident due to the transmission failing. Ford technician has been working with dealership, but has been only applying ┐band-aid┐ solutions.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
2008 Sport Trac V8 4 wheel drive. I must wait approximately 30 seconds before backing truck out of my garage...any sooner and the engine just revs but will slowly move after reaching 6,000 RPM. Truck also advances slowly from a stop. 1st dealer advised me it actually was 21 seconds and that I should just wait the 21 seconds before shifting to reverse. 2nd dealer cannot duplicate problem because it is intermittent and seems worse when weather is warm and humid. 1st dealer indicated they did a reflash of transmission but 2nd dealer confirmed they did not and accomplished it and shifting improved. Truck still does not downshift correctly to first gear upon coming to a stop or near stop and truck will remain in higher gear unless full stop and one second both occur. Found plenty of same type complaints online from 2007 and 2008 Sport Trac owners but Ford and their dealers try and convince me that there is no problem and they are not aware of others with same issues. Reflash so far seems to have fixed problem of hard down and upshifting but created the slow down shifting to first gear. Numerous close calls when truck is slow to accelerate into traffic because it does not down shift to first gear after slowing to 3 miles per hour or lower like ever other vehicle I have owned.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 032008

Explorer Sport Trac 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Ford Sport Trac has a problem with the transmission. The consumer noticed that after coming to a stop, the vehicle was not making a smooth stop, but rather lurching several times in stopping. The dealer performed a program on the transmission, however the continued.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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