Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


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Total Complaints:
9 complaints

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 312012

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


It not only is dangerous, it is embarrassing to have to climb over the seats to get back into my car. I only hope it never happens in a accident. the lock can not even be pulled up manually. Any ideas anyone?.

- , Centertown, MO, USA

problem #8

May 042007

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Door locks no longer work from inside switches, remote only unlocks doors. Dealer unable to fix states probably bad wire somewhere. Driver's door handle does not work internal spring broken as well (third time)

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

May 032010

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,622 miles

the remotes no longer work I have replaced the batteries and this does not change what is happening with the remotes. The keyless pass code does not work. And because of this my car is always unlock because if you lock it theirs no way of getting into it.

- , Madison, AL, USA

problem #6

Jun 092010

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,120 miles


I can no longer lock my doors. When I try to the door locks will open the shut all on its own when your using the keyless entery mode. It also makes a clicking noise when the locks are trying to open. Most of the time they stay locked up...but the back hatch seems to work so I guess I can crawl in there.

I believe this is a safety matter cause the locks can not be trusted. It's pretty bad when you cant even get in your own suv or lock it up. I feel Ford should fix this at not cost to the would they like owning a suv that once your in it, and it could take up to 1 hour, you dont know if you can get out of it....nice huh. Whats funny is that this suv comes with a alarm system.....why in the world would I need that.

- , 14 Charles, ME, USA

problem #5

Jan 182010

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Same as the last 20 entries I just read. Driver's side lock suddenly stopped unlocking with the key. Still unlocks with the keypad, but that probably won't last. The passenger door hasn't unlocked electronically in forever. Now it's just a matter of time before I'm climbing in from the back or over the console like the other poor saps here who thought they had a respectable car. I just wish I had the cash to buy it outright. Nothing's worse than making payments on something that's already falling apart!

- , Framingham, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 192008

Explorer XLT 5.0L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

This is a real embarrassing pain in the ass, the driver side door wont unlock from the outside so every time i have to open the passenger side door and open it from the inside, and not one of the back doors open from the inside, so if someone is in the back i either have to open the door for them or roll down the window so they can stick their arm out and open the door. is there a recall for any of these???

- , Snyder, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 012009

Explorer Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


The locks on all doors (driver, passenger & rear) do not lock or unlock accordingly. The only way to ensure that any door is locked in my car is to physically push the lock down from the inside. The keyless entry will "beep" like it has locked the door but it will still open. The worst part is that even if the driver door appears to be "locked" it will fly open if I hit a bump too hard or if I happen to turn to hard!! It continuously flys open!

I believe this problem began after I took my car in to the dealership to fix the recall regarding the cruise control wiring. After that, there was always some "clanking" noise coming from inside the door which eventually resulted in the locks (or lack of...) that I have today... I've taken my car to numerous different maintenance & auto shops, but I've never had it fixed because the estimate was outrageous. No one ever took the time to look at the problem and just wrote it off as the "computer chip" problem that would cost a fortune!

Monday, I left to go to the pool and thought my car was locked (considering the locks were in the 'down position'). About 30 minutes later I got the call that someone had broken into my car and hollowed it out!! CD player, check books, insurance & registration cards, CDs, cash, change, etc., etc....all gone! I was in the process of trying to sell my car and get it off my hands, but now I have to replace the CD player along with everything else!! It really frustrates me that I trusted that my doors were locked and now I'm having to be incredibly inconvenienced! I hope no one else has this same problem, but if you have...please let me know how to fix the stupid locks!!!

- , Greenville, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Out of no where, my door lock button quit working. With all the other maintenance and repairs I've had to make, i haven't gotten to it.

- , Madison, OH, USA

problem #1

May 272008

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I do not have remote locks on my vehicle. However as I was getting out of my Explorer, I pressed the lock button on the armrest. i heard all locks click into place, however, I noticed the driver's door lock lever was still sticking up. It wouldn't lock! I tried to press the actual lock lever down, and it's stuck. I cannot even lock it with the key.

Now I have to be cautious where I drive so no one breaks into my SUV. Actually, they don't have to "break in", they can just open the door! UGH!

The outside door handle has been acting up in the past couple of months. You have pull the handle up as far as you can before it will actually unlatch and open the door. It's almost to the point where you think it's going to span off.

Hopefully if a thief tries to open my door because they see it's unlocked, will fail because they don't know to pull the handle up high enough!

I had a problem thru the winter where the manual key lock (on the driver's door of course) kept sticking. I put some graphite lubricant in the lock (put it on the key and put the key in, turned it a few times) and this helped greatly!

What's next, the driver's window?? UGH!

- , Worcester, MA, USA

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