2005 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Transmission problems

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2005 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


We purchased the vehicle new 4 years ago. We had not had any problems until recently when the car started to stall upon ignition. The transmission light came on and the problems have now begun. We have 146,000 miles on the SUV and really expected to get more before any major problems. Per conversation with Ford service department and an independent transmission company, the prognosis is the torque converter and TCC solenoid (valve body). The cost to repair is $2700 to $6500 before taxes. It is amazing after reading so many reviews that the same problem is evident in the majority of the reviews from those with 70,000 miles or more. We had a Ford car with similar problems before. No more Ford

Best Features

We do not have any favorite features. It is just a normal SUV with a truck ride.

Worst Features

Rear air More car like ride Better interior design
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