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8.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,400.00
Average Mileage:
128,442 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (14 reports)
  2. replace transmission (5 reports)
2000 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 132014

Explorer Eddie Bauer 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 243,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the SECOND TRANSMISSION I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE IN THIS VEHICLE. WTF FORD???????

You obviously F*CKED UP when you designed the f*cking TRANSMISSION. SO WHY THE HELL DIDN"T YOU HAVE A RECALL ON IT AND FIX EVERYBODY'S F*CKING VEHICLES???????????????? It's a bunch of BULLSHIT. I am a seasonal Commercial Fisherman, and this crab season WAS THE WORST IN 17 F*CKING YEARS. DO I HAVE THE F*CKING MONEY TO FIX THIS PIECE OF SH*T? HELL NO.

- , Pacific County, Washington, USA

problem #18

Feb 232012

Explorer XLT 5.0L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

i boughty my truck used from a buy-here-pay-here. this truck was the only truck on the lot with low miles ( other ford explorers were also on the lot). the dealership was good with the deals they gave (3yr free oil changes and 3yrs payments)i now own the truck and EVERYTHING is going wrong most recently the o/d light flashing. my boyfriend test drove it and says it's the torque converter/ tranny.i've asked the dealership 4 times about the tranny with them saying that it's okay........... well its not!!!!!!!!!!! for me to buy a used one from a junkyard , it will cost me $500 plus. i don't know if anyone else has any answers about it but this is the only vehicle that i use for me and my family. something has to be done about the issue that ford company has. (my boyfriend has a 2005 ford freestar that has a recall on their tranny/torque converter) if anyone takes ford to court, count me in also!!!!

- , West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

problem #17

Feb 062012

Explorer Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

Bought the Ford Explorer limited 4 months prior to it being towed and tow shop ran the battery dead. They jump started the vehicle and as soon as I pulled out going into 3rd gear the vehicle ground back into 1st and shuddered. O/D light was on and wouldn't go off pressing the button on gear shifter. It ran at 3000 rpm's without kicking down and at 40 mph just revved as if in neutral. Got it home and checked fluid. OK. Reset computer with negative cable off. O/D light came back on flashing and very hesitant to go into reverse or drive. Slow to shift and at 40 mph no shift just a revving engine. With O/D off it went above 40 but was rough feeling and not going below 3000 rpms. Was told there would be a $2500 transmission rebuild for a $4000 vehicle. After replacing water pump, fuel pump, leaf springs and ready for shocks and ball joint decided to scrap the vehicle... AND never buy another FORD again. 4th Ford I put to rest in junkyard in 4 years. Thunderbird, ran into ground; Windstar, LEMON; Taurus, rusted frame; and this beautiful looking Explorer limited with leather and moonroof. Looks are deceiving.

- , Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #16

Feb 222011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

MY CAR HAS VERY LOW MILEAGE FOR THE YEAR SINCE I ONLY DROVE A MILE TO WORK UNTIL LAST YEAR. I STARTED DRIVING OUT OF TOWN FOR SCHOOL WHEN THE O/D STARTED TO FLASH. WHEN IT FLASHES THE POWER IS NEAR TO NOTHING AND NEED TO FLOOR THE GAS PEDAL TO GET IT GOING FROM AN IDLE POSITION. IF YOU TURN THE CAR OFF AND THEN TURN IT BACK ON THE O/D IS BACK ON. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW HOW MANY BLOCKS YOU ARE ABLE TO GO BEFORE IT STARTS FLASHING AGAIN AND LOSING POWER. I BOUGHT THIS EXPLORER BRAND NEW AND HAVE BEEN VERY CAREFUL TO TAKE CARE OF MY CAR AND THIS HAPPENED. I TOO WOULD BE VERY SKEPTICAL IN BUYING ANOTHER FORD CAR.

- , Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #15

Feb 012011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

i looked up the owners manual for my vehicle and it says it has a dipstick. i looked it up right off of fords site. isnt that a false statement.

- , East Long Meadow, Massachusettes, USA

problem #14

Mar 092011

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

driving on the highway, O/D light starts flashing on and off repeatedly. reading about the issue online and it can be a number of things. seems like most mechanics gave the "i don't know" response so most people ended up paying 2k for the new tranny. i cant afford this sh*t. I'm a broke college kid.

- , Springfield, MA, USA

problem #13

Dec 242009

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I cant believe everything that i have read that everyone is having the same

problem im having. I took my explorer in in 2003 and they had it almost a month trying to get Ford to replace the transmission they wouldn't under warranty and they replace the 1st and 2nd gear, now the o/d Light is blinking and from what I have read from everyone else, this is a common problem that Ford is aware of. I'm very upset. and planning on complaining to Ford as much as possible.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 262010

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have the same problem as everyone else who owns one of these.The vehicle started when shifting from second to third and thrid to fourth.To vehicle to aamco they recomeneded a complete rebuild,warranty company would only provide a salvage yard transmission.transmission was installed it was worse than the first transmission. Now the warranty company will send another ten year or older transmission which will probably have the same problems.While at aamco a customer came in with a 2000 explorer that aamco had rebuilt his transmission in feb of 2010 it now has flashing O/D light and is stuck in overdrive. We should all drive these little moneypits to detroit and let FORD have a piece of or collective minds.

- , Laporte, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 062010

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,617 miles

i will never buy a ford again in my life iv sunk 2000 in and more coming i was a ford guy ford service sucs not now more i would scrap it butt have way to much into it so far ford needs to step up

- , Brantford, ONT, Canada

problem #10

Sep 182009

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I love my explorer, it never has failed me yet until I was on my way back from California to Washington. The transmission was replace at 25k miles because the lady who owned it before I did took it in to get serviced and the mechanic didn't put tranny fluid in it. Transmission shudders at 60MPH trying to get into 5th, eventually got their. Engine revved up trying to get into 3rd gear then shifted hard into it. I learned a trick, don't go over 3000RPMS and your fine. Its a bitch, but hey what can you do. My dad and a few buddies did the work for me, truck now has 125000 miles on it. Runs amazing, if you have to rebuild the tranny I hope you know someone who knows cars SAVED A LOT OF MONEY.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #9

Feb 182010

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

O/D off light flashing. Just bought the vehicle and tranny slips going up hills. Goes into gear hard if you step on gas to fast. This is my 3rd explorer and the only one that I have had any problems with. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

- , Lyons, New York, USA

problem #8

Jan 062010

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

MY 2000 FORD EXPLORER JUST STOP GOIN REVERSE, WHEN I PUT IT ON REVERSE IT GOES FORWARD, I DONT KNOW WHAT THIS IS AND THE O.D LIGHT KEEP COMMING ON, I JUST HOPE THAT I DONT HAVE TO CHANGE THE WHOLE ENGINE

- , Cmr 415 Box 5958, APO, USA

problem #7

Nov 242009

Explorer XLT 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

I made several mistakes, when I purchased my Second Ford Explorer. I didn't research and 2nd didn't learn from my experience with my 1994 Explorer. Transmission! Transmission! Problems. I find myself with an O/D Flashing Light and revs up before shifting at 30 mph. Dealer, like always, charged $125.00 to see what the problem was. He said, "looks like a new transmission", with a sparkle in his eyes ????? I'm willing to research about a class action law suit to get a recall. If we don't do it, and just talk about it, Nothing will get done. olaso@live.com

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 042007

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Ok I'm going to add to the list of the same old s*#t. Intermittent problem with the transmission not shifting from 2nd to 3rd. It hangs up just out of the blue. RPMs spike to over 2500 when I get close to 40. Its a real pain considering my path to work requires a speed of 55 no matter what way I take. For fear of ruining the transmission I don't push it and usually pull over if need be to let ticked off motorists pass me. The O/D light starts to flash. I shut it down and recycle it. Sometimes it works and the O/D light does not come back on but it still will not shift from 2nd to 3rd regardless. The problem lasts sometimes one day or even up to a week then all of a sudden everything seems to be fine and it runs like normal. This has been going on nearly two years. I can not afford to have it fixed I am single working mom. Regardless, at what point does Ford step up and rectify this problem. From all the reading I have done, this seems to be almost a given. If anyone is thinking about filing a class action suit, count me in. I am going to check and see how difficult it would be to file one. Ticked off in Idaho!!!

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #5

May 012009

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

Bought car new - now 139K miles and I've been getting the O/D light. Ignored it and now 3 months later the transmission is slipping all the time. Feels like someone is intermittently pressing a clutch pedal, rev's go up, then slips back into gear. Sometimes jerks into gear.

Called Ford Dealer and they said nothing you can do but replace tranny at $830 for labor and $2,300 for rebuilt tranny. Just add this to the Ford POS list:

Front stabilizer bar and both wheel joints replaced (never been 4 wheeling - ever) Key/manual Door lock broke Auto door locks failed Two automatic windows stopped functioning - drivers window separated from its track. Wipers turn on by themselves intermittently Door lock mechanism intermittently tries to lock the doors repetitively until motor burned out. New motor Wiring harness needed replacing at $400+ Radio lights went out at 30 months - Almost all dash lights are out now Rear suspension failed - rather than replace just added air shocks for $250 Looks great but is a POS

- , Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #4

May 202009

Explorer Sport 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

starting blinking and then I was told that the overdrive caused the whole transmission to be ruined. Now I'm out 2300 dollars. Only made it to 81k miles :(

- , Cayce, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 082008

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,788 miles

From reading about this problem on the internet, it seems to be wide spread, and not a cheap fix either. Ford hasn't done itself any favors by allowing this to continue and not stepping up to the plate to solve this problem, hasnt helped either. One also has to wonder why no one from Ford is reading what is being said about their products, maybe they should start, that being said you will never please everyone all the time, but at least try and fix what is a known problem. You can run you cant hide, Ford your time is almost up just like a few other American car companies.

- , Dundas, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Jan 032009

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

I had transmission replace 40,000 miles ago, about 21/2 years ago after the check engine light came on. Yesterday I noticed a slight hesitation in shifting from 1st to 2nd gears. About 5 miles later, my O/D light started flashing and by the time I got home(thankfully safely) about 5 more miles, I was barely able to put the car in reverse. I now have to take the car back to the transmission place and see if they have to replace yet another transmission. Seems like Ford needs to step up and fix these issues!!!! I will never buy a ford again!!! This car has cost me so much just to keep it on the road.

- , Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 312008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

what a piece of sh*t. went on my honeymoon from Oregon to Idaho and ended up coming home with the o/d light flashing. and now reading this forum and figuring out how much it will cost. just wonderful. i love my explorer and have had good luck with it but at 150000 the timing belt tensioner started to rattle the wheel bearing went two days into our trip and now the trans. i was looking into getting a ford fusion but now will probably buy a Toyota or Honda. not sure what im going to do yet.

- , Mcminnville, OR, USA

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