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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
175,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 022011

Explorer Sport Eddie Bauer 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


I don't like the fact that I have to put my vehicle in park to switch it from 2wd to 4wd and vise-versa. This is a pain in the butt, especially when there is snow, ice, large amounts of water, or mud. I live in a busy area, and no one is going to stop and wait while you put your truck in the next gear. I also have a problem when it goes back into 2wd there is a grinding noise and then it jumps into gear from 4wd. I haven't seen any similar complaints, it might just be my trucks mileage and age.

- , Washington, DC, USA

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