2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

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2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

By 2005, drivers and reviewers alike were complaining that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac was desperately in need of a redesign. The 2005 Explorer Sport Trac suffered both from its outdated platform (based on the mid-1990s Explorer SUV chassis) and from its poor performance in newly-introduced government rollover safety tests.

When compared to the Explorer SUV, with its more responsive ride and easier handling (thanks to a total update in 2002), the '05 Ford Explorer Sport Trac came up short on comfort. And when compared to workhorse pickups like the F-150, the Sport Trac didn't match up for utility, capacity, or versatility.

The 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac was offered in three choices of trim: XLS, XLT, and Adrenalin. The Adrenalin trim was aimed at younger drivers who wanted flashy styling and a high-end sound system; the XLS and XLT trims targeted a more traditional sport-utility market.

Under the hood, the '05 Explorer Sport Trac offered a 4.0 liter, single overhead cam V6 engine with 210 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque; the Sport Trac had a towing capacity of 5,300 pounds. Features like automatic disc brakes and optional 'Safety Curtain'; overhead airbags might have made drivers feel secure, if it hadn't been for those pesky rollover test results.

In response to all the negative feedback, Ford gave the Sport Trac a year off for a complete redesign. An updated model was launched in the 2007 model year.

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Power Door Lock Issues

My driver side power door lock is malfunctioning. It works when I press the unlock side, but not when I press lock. Do i need to replace the actuator or is it less complicated than that?

Fuel Consumption

I have a 2005 ford explorer sport trac that is burning gas like crazy. I have changed the filters and it doesnt appear to be miss firing like a plug or wires. It has 114,000 miles on it. No check...

Check Gauges Remains On After I Turn Key Off What Is Wrong

Had a leak changed water pump thermostat casino it was cracked check gauge remains on have to unhook battery

Thermostat Rising When Battery Light Is On

2005 Ford Explorer....new alternator but after replacing we went on trip to Iowa. On way home we started hearing a ding...warning crap is about to go down!! Husband noticed battery light would com...

I Have A 2005 Sport Trac And I Lost Both Drive And Reverse In It The Other ...

Started jumping from drive to neutral a couple of months before this and then it jumped right back into drive. Have 238,000 miles on this vehicle