hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,702 miles

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problem #10

Aug 292016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 170,000 miles
Driving one day the od off light began flashing now it shifts hard and clinks and clacks going down road

- Brookshire, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 152015

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 123,023 miles
There was not warning lights on dash, truck slowed down then engine raced up all on its own turned I turned off road shifted to nutral and sat until the racing stopped continued on to auto part store where they plugged into engine it read strange codes..

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #8

Feb 032004

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
I bought a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac new. Shortly after have electric window problems drivers door back passenger window and now the passenger door window, bad body mounts, and idles bad when in park or stopped at a red light. RPM's 500 to 1000 back down to 500-400. 2002 had a baby girl 1 1/2 years and another on the way needed a 4 door and also for work. I kick my self every day that I have owned it but had no choice money was tight and still is could not afford every time getting things fixed so I lived with it!!!! until I found this web page I am fed up I have always owned Ford but after this im not so sure anymore! and reading other peoples with the same problems the Sport Trac is one big lemon!!!!!!

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 012011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
I come to realize in the automotive industry vehicles do not a transmission gauge. Transmission sensory light to let you know when your transmission fluid is getting low. This is a problem for me and many more americans. My Ford Explorer Sport Trac do not have a transmission sensory light or a gauge. The transmission is slipping and not shipping out gears right. Someone is responsible for this problem. We have all other fluid gauges except a transmission gauge.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 062010

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
No left turn single or brake lights, when the steering wheel is tilited down we found the turn singles do not work or brake lights.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 172010

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 130,000 miles
Part # E6db-14489-da. This is a wiring harness connector located in the steering column that becomes unplugged when you tilt steering downward. Result is brakes lights and turn signals no longer function. ** my sister-in-law was nearly rear-ended while waiting to make a turn. This is a major safety issue. Many other people with same issue. Also, have seen similar complaints for other Ford vehicles (Taurus). Serious accidents will happen if public is not notified. Dealers charging $200+ to fix.

- Eureka, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 012008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
The radio in my truck began to change stations without the button being pressed. Next it would not release cd's and would switch from am to fm to cd and not allow me to power it off. Now the display is completely gone, two cd's are stuck inside, and the radio doesn't work more than 5 minutes without going crazy. My passenger side lights in the rear don't work most of the time but the bulb has been changed. When you move the wire a little it works but then stops again. I believe the wiring is also responsible for the radio problems. I can't remember however, if this has started before or after the truck was taken in for a recall for something else.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 212008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Left rear blinker and brake light quit working. Bulbs and fuses were changed but did not correct the problem. Problem was found in tilt steering column. A wire pulled itself free of the wire connection harness due to usage of the tilt steering feature. This problem could have led to a very serious traffic accident since drivers behind the vehicle had no idea the vehicle was preparing to make an left hand turn and it compounded the problem because only one brake light worked. My husband took the steering column off and reinserted the wire into the harness and applied epoxy to secure it.

- Matbee, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 012009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 60,000 miles
Part # E6db-14489-da. I've googled the issue and found numerous other people with same issue. Faulty connector causing the rear brake lights and turn signals not to work. The wiring comes out of the connector (it's in the steering column).

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 072004

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
I purchased my 2002 Explorer Sport Trac in March last year(2003). I had to wait and extra week to pick up my vehicle due to electrical problem that they swore to me was taken care of. In January 2004 my check engine light came on so I called my closest Ford dealership and they told me it would take 2 weeks for me to get an appointment to have my truck checked. Three days later my transmission blew. I called Ford customer relations and they said that it was not a problem and that I would have to pay to have my truck fixed. Three weeks and $2600 later I got my truck back. Now the check engine light is still on and my 4 wheel drive does not work. I called aamco(the place Ford referred me too), and they told me that it was not the transmission but now an electrical problem that I would need to take to the dealership to have fixed but I would have to pay to have that fixed as well. My truck had 39,000 miles and was less than 2 years old and Ford is stating that they are refusing to fix anything for free. I have seen all kinds of reports of electrical and engine problems with this year and model truck and I do not agree with this.

- Morristown, NJ, USA