1st Generation (2001—2005) Explorer Sport Trac Problems

Explorer Sport Trac owners with a 2001—2005 model year have the most problems with the transmission (35%), engine (14%), and the body (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Slips 28 complaints at an average of 91,422 miles in the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
  2. Transmission Slips, O/D Light Blinking 28 complaints at an average of 104,664 miles in the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
  3. Overdrive Light Starts Blinking 13 complaints at an average of 107,615 miles in the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

What Explorer Sport Trac Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 47 1 10 16.25
2004 51 2 28 25.39
2003 42 1 62 18.98
2002 85 4 117 23.11
2001 109 6 164 38.22

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