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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,000 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.

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


I am experiencing the timing belt tensioner issue that resulted in the Ford customer service satisfaction program #00M12. This extended the warranty to 6 years or 72,000 miles on that part. Too late for me, as I began having trouble a few months a go. Now, I am at 6 years/87,000 miles. My local Ford dealer said they knew nothing and so I called Ford directly. They told me to lodge a complaint with nhts. Pretty bad situation for me and many others as I have been researching on the internet.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #1

May 092002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking vehicle power steering failed. Dealer determined that serpentine belt had broken.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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