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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
68,972 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. needs a new engine (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

May 162008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,972 miles


Anyone want a 2001 Explorer Sport SUV for a lawn ornament?... cause that's about all it's good for. Only had the truck for 4 years, only had 111,000 km. I was anal about oil changes and drove it like a fricken grandma. Once 95,000km hit the wiring to the headlights caught on fire... $1,000 bill to fix. Slowly little electrical things start going. But that's not why I'm pissed. Last week, I had the pleasure of breaking down on the side of a busy highway. The truck started smoking and totally seized up- had it towed to the dealership only to discover it was a blown engine. Only a $6,500 bill- more than half it's value now.

Anyways- just thought I should put the warning out to not be fooled by outer appearances. The truck may look cool and sporty but it's a technical nightmare that requires alot of dough to maintain. And I imagine if you have that kind of money- you wouldn't be driving a FORD!!!!! I know it's my last.

L Warner

BC, Canada

- , Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada

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