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 The 2005 Explorer Sport Trac suffered both from its outdated platform (based on the mid-1990s Explorer SUV chassis) and from its poor performance in newly-introduced government rollover safety tests.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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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Questions

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?

Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2005 Tailgate Latch Won't Engage Therefore I Can O...

How can I get to open the tailgate in order to be able to replace the latch? I've tried everything.

2005 Sport Trac - Dog Chewed Wires!!!

Dog destroyed wiring harness trying to get a rat!!!. Found a used wiring harness and had it installed. Runs great but will not idle. Engine does unless you keep foot on gas.

Repair

it will start and run as long as your foot is on the pedal as soon as you take it off it dies. what could this be?

Window Won't Say In The Track

Window keeps comeing out of the track