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:
147,875 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012011

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


We have had constant problems with this car since we bought it, but until I read some of the complaints on this website did I realize what had happened to me! My husband had told me to always be careful he felt like when he put the explorer in park sometimes he felt like it wasn't in park. Well, last year on September 1st, 2011 that proved to be true. I was hooking up a boat trailer to the back of the explorer when I got out to check it, I had put the car in park and it slipped to reverse, unfortunately to say I don't remember anything after that! The boat trailer hit the yard barn, which is what stopped the car, but when I was getting out the only thing my husband figures is the car door hit me and knocked me to the ground. I suffered a bad concussion, along with many bruises and cuts. I am very fortunate to still be alive, but on behalf of every Ford Explorer owner should probably have sued Ford! Had I known about this problem then, I definitely would have! I just wonder if I still could!

- , Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 292011

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,750 miles

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Vehicle was in park with the engine idling when it dropped into reverse, crashed through a chain link gate, and crashed into chain link fence. Truck at the collision shop; $2500.00 damage to body. I was pinned between the truck, and the fence, and received several cuts and bruises.

- , Lexington, KY, USA

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