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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,567 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. rebuilt transimission (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

May 122011

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,400 miles


its was becoming more frequent and now its doing it on a regular basis till finally the vehicle was at an intersection went to go forward it stalled and everytime i restarted it and put it into drive it would stall had to be pushed by another vehicle to a park lot could not get the vehicle to stay running will be putting it into shop for estimates i had kids and grandbaby with me was a very dangerous situation cmon ford u can do better i love my explorer step up

- , Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 062002

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Common problem with FORDs, weak transmissions, was a daily driver around town less than 5 miles a day.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 052010

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Ok, so my o/d light started blinking as I was driving around on Saturday. Then all of a sudden the tranny starts slipping when it shifts from 2nd to 3rd and from 3rd to 4th. So I took it home and on Monday took it to the dealership ( I bought an extended warranty when I bought the car last year. I bought it because it only had 28m miles on it.) After the dealership inspected it they said that the valve body was bad. They said they would fix it. Truck will be ready on Thursday. Ok fine fix it. Its Thursday and They called to tell me they tried to repair the valve body and that didn't work( apprentley Ford recommends that they try to repair it first), so now they have to have the warranty company approve putting in a new one.


- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #3

Oct 072008

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


Ford f'ing sucks. This was the first Ford I had ever bought, everything else i've owned was GM. This will now be the last Ford I buy. The o/d light is blinking and i am now finding out that i am screwed like no tomorrow. I do not have the money to get this fixed nore buy another vehicle. Seeing the amount of complaints about this, their definitely should be a recall. I have seen this common with the 2002 models but mine is a late 2001 model and it has a lot of 2002 parts on it which plays hell when doing any repairs, it usually costs me many trips to the parts store to return and get the part for a 2002 model. Not sure if tranny is whats used on 2002 models but exact same problem. Will never buy ford again. Not even if it was given to me, i would burn it.

- , Howard City, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 102008

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Bought my 2001 Explorer Sport used with Extended Warranty (5yr/100K mile). Maintained all 30K recommended maintenance services INCLUDING trans flush. First flush done at Ford Dealership along with $600+ of other services to keep my warranty valid and keep vehicle running smoothly. No problems with the Explorer. 60K time rolls around and I repeat all services necessary, this time at Goodyear. 71K miles...the O/D light flashes. I freak and immediately take it to Ford Dealership who reads the computer error "Trans code P0734 incorrect 4th gear ratio-trans operation has detected a 4th gear concern-will have to be replaced or repaired-est for replacement cannot be made w/o teardown." The dealership suggested that I keep driving it (they cleared trans code from memory) and suggested that if it happens again, that I should go to AAMCO or Mr.Goodwrench as the cost of replacing trans at dealership will not fall into price range my extended warranty would cover (with Univeral, by the way). So, I drove it...and lo and behold, that damned O/D flashed again a week later. I took it to AAMCO who said I needed a new transmission. My extended warranty covered all $2049.53 of the repair for a reconditioned transmission service and exchange reconditioned torque converter with a 36 mo/50K mile warranty on transmission from AAMCO). No problems. Explorer drove great...until, you guess it, the 90K mark rolled around. Once again, all maintenance performed (at Goodyear)...then at 91K miles...that dreaded O/D flashes. My heart sinks. I take it back to AAMCO. Guess aren't supposed to flush your transmission. EVER. 100K miles at most. My trans had improper fluid level and blown gaskets. Oh...and the best part, since I had the trans flushed somewhere AAMCO warranty is now void. WTF? So...I am waiting to pick my Explorer and waiting for another ridiculous bill. I've read other complaints that mentioned a wiring harness. There was a factory recall that replaced mine with a fused wiring harness (speed control wiring). Don't know if it is the same thing. My extended warranty expired in April 2008 (of course)...and my car is paid off. Hoping it lasts 3 more year or more. I had a Ford Ranger XLT before this Explorer and never had any probs until 150K miles when I had to get a new radiator. That's it. Wish I'd kept that truck!

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I have owned my 2001 ford explorer for the past 5 years with hardly a problem except if you count the back door (Drivers side) not opening from the inside, The map sensor just went about a month ago. Probable not bad for a truck that has 98,000 miles on it. But Then as i was driving down the road the day after New Years I was driving on the freeway getting off the ramp

I started to get into traffic suddenly my truck felt like it was going into overdrive and i was only doing about 30 mph. Then My o\d light started to blink. so i pulled over and checked under the hood . checked my fluid level in the transmission. And it was where it should of been at the line. So i shut the motor off for about 10 minutes and restarted the truck. Back into traffic again. No blinking light this time on the o\d. About five miles down the road it it seemed like the transmission was not responding.Like it whent into neutral. Then the o\d light started blinking again but at a steady flash now,Then it shifted hard and it started to drive normal again for about a

anther mile or so with no blinking light. Then once again the transmission started to put itself into overdrive every time i pressed the gas peddle. Now the light is back on all the time

I web searched for a solution on this,and was surprised to see so manyyyy people with the same problem .And not all the same year or make. It seems to me there was a flaw in the design of the transmission in all these cars and trucks from the begining. Ford really needs to take a look at all these complaints. Now i have to subject myself the

task of finding someone to fix this. And no doubt it will not be cheap. And with only one vehicle to my name, I will probably have to rent a car or something to get around more $$$$$$$$. Gone. If ford has known about this for a long time why have they not put a recall out, OBVIOUSLY THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG. Thanks ford. And Happy New Year.

Bill Walters

- , Asheville, FL, USA

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