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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,036 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 152013

Explorer

  • 99,776 miles

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

Frame /body mounts, creak, squawk crunch, the noise is most noticeble when turning or hitting bumps. Some peple also describe the noise a hammer beating under the vehicle, the cause is deteriorate body to frame mount cushions, these cushions apper to have been made of substandard material, much like chinese valve stems that cause so much trouble after a few years the body mounts dry rot, crumble and literally fall apart, this a terrible, this can provoked a accident.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 302013

Explorer

  • 107,000 miles
Rear end of car thumped every time you would go over the smallest separation in the road and also on a bumpy road. Replaced rear end shocks. Still have the same problem of thumping. Some times it feels like I'm going to loose the rear end of the vehicle. I was told possibly now that back bushings holding the body to the frame may be disintegrated. Vehicle has always been well maintained and garaged. I have found out that there have been many complaints about this occurring now with this 2001 model. You would think there would be a safety recall by Ford to fix these bushing problems.

- Basehor, KS, USA

problem #8

Aug 142012

Explorer

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the body mounts corroded which caused the frame to become detached from the body of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the rear body mounts were replaced. The front parts were not replaced due to the parts being unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #7

Apr 302013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 123,587 miles

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

Body mounts deteriorate before their time and ball joint fail.

- Roselle Park, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 282003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Running boards have rutted out and if someone stepped on them it could fall out.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 042002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with water leaking. Also stated that is more than just a leakage because everytime the consumer makes a left or right turn you can here a real loud sound of water moving on the roof. Dealer was contacted and stated that to keep the windows open so the water can dry.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 302001

Explorer

  • miles

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

Straps fail to hold scooter securely, bolts holding rollers in place bend, screws holding platform toghether come loose, the lift fails to remain in the up position with the scooter secured to it after hitting mild bumps.

- Saint George, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 032001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the center console is cracking.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 032001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the center console is cracking.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 132000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Entire brake system went out in December 2000. Dealer replaced ABS and other brake parts. Brakes went out again on January 30, at dealer at this time. Also, consumer had to have seals on headlights and trim of vehicle replaced. There was a popping sound from radio.

- Burbank, IL, USA

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