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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 162001


  • miles


Consumer states a strange noise is made when pressing on the accelerator, dealer stated the problem was the front axle and that there were scraps of metal breaking off the axle, consumer is requesting a new vehicle and states that the scraps of metal could be damaging other parts of the vehicle.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 062001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front left steering knuckle broke, axle separated from vehicle, vehicle went left and crashed. Filed by richard rumplik.

- Ahoskie, NC, USA

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