2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Consumer Review: Design Flaw?

2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Consumer Review

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XLS Crew Cab Pickup (4.0L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic 4.2 ft. Bed)

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Design Flaw?
By spar07 on


2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLS Rwd 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


My wife bought her truck about 4 years ago.
A little less than
4 months later, the front passenger wheel literally broke off at a speed of approximately 60 mph.
The reason for the problem was due to the wheel bearing freezing up.
The dealer where she bought the truck was surprised that the vehicle did not roll and do some serious damage to life and property.
This winter, just short of 4 years later, the bearing froze up again and was on the brink of breaking once again.
The only conclusion is that there has to be some kind of design or material flaw in the materials used for this model.
The truck has been inspected in attempt to find the problem.
Owners beware!!

Best Features

The main feature we enjoyed was the back window. I can be rolled down just like a side window. The handling, with the exception of the long turning radius, was good and was not tiring on long trips. This truck is very roomy and can handle a heavy load without straining. It also has an engine kill switch should the truck ever roll over on its side.

Worst Features

Tighten the turning radius, the middle console is flimsy and needs to be strengthened. The front wheels need to be extensively studied to find the cause for wheel bearing freeze up which causes the wheels to lock up. Need to improve electric window controls. Don't always work, especially during cold weather.
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