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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,663 miles

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2013 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Jun 302015


  • 53,000 miles


Radiator hose breached, decompressing radiator. Radiator hose was rubbed open by nearby metal compressor line running perpendicular. Hole was 1" by 1/2". radiator immediately emptied, engine overheated and shuddered. Repair made by Ford dealership only replaced hose and flushed coolant. Ford did not remedy situation where metal compressor line is adjacent and sometimes in contact with radiator hose. I have photo and video proving the ac line rubbed the hose open.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #47

May 012013


  • 30,000 miles
Until this last weekend, we owned a 2013 Ford Explorer. We noticed an exhaust smell in the cabin soon after we purchased the vehicle, but thought it was just "new engine smell." On trips accelerating up mountains the exhaust smell in the cabin has been particularly bad. In fact, my 8 year old daughter has complained of a stomach ache and the need to throw up every time we are in this vehicle on an extended trip. We chalked it up to her having motion sickness and even started giving her dramamine (which never helped). When we rented cars for trips, she didn't have the sick feeling. My husband was getting headaches in this vehicle, and I would always feel extremely sleepy and also get headaches. My father (who is a mechanic) rode in the car with us this past 4th of July holiday, and told us we probably had an exhaust leak. Last week, after traveling back from being in the mountains and smelling the exhaust smell in the cabin on yet another trip, and my daughter getting sick yet again, we decided we have had enough. We took it to the dealer to check out the car. They said there was a technical bulletin out for the issue and they knew what to do to fix it. The day we got it back from the dealer after they "fixed it", we accelerated hard on the freeway and the smell was still there, and actually even worse. We rolled all the windows down and immediately took it and traded it in. I am livid. Ford has knowingly endangered my family for the past two years that we have owned the car. After reading other complaints about the issue and realizing that Ford was not likely to fix the problem, we decided we couldn't risk our family's health by keeping this car. We have lost two years that we have paid on the car. We had planned on keeping the Explorer well after we paid it off. I have lost all trust in Ford.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #46

Jul 122013


  • 36,000 miles
At the3200 mileage I experince brake issues rotary had to be replaced.on the first week of July 2015 additional brake work had to be redone.on july10th 2015 while driving the ac unit went out completly while I was driving on a long extended trip barely made it home no air wierd screehin noise. Scheduled to go back to repair7-14-15. I purchase the vehicle July 2014.the vehicle has 36000. Very unhappy at this point thinking about returning the vehicle and starting over with some other vehicle

- Alvaton, KY, USA

problem #45

Jun 262015


  • 24,768 miles


As I was driving with my wife and three boys in a highway, the engine light turn on and the vehicle choke and turn off, the car that was coming in back off me nearly hit me causing a major accident. The car in back of me swong to the left nearly hitting the car coming on the left and my vehicle, my heart started pumping fast knowing what could had happened. This situation got me thinking not to thrust Ford vehicles. I can't risk putting my family life in danger because of a fairly new vehicle. This shouldn't be happening on a two and half year old car. I took it to get dignostic test and it came out that the throttle body and pulge valve needs to be replaced. Ford should recall these vehicle immidiately.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 282015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. While driving 65 mph, exhaust fumes entered the vehicle. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician placed silicone and seal around the bumper and holes and reprogrammed the HVAC. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #43

Jun 212015


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at 75 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the contact shifted the vehicle in neutral in order to bring the vehicle to a stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000. The VIN was not available.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #42

May 012015


  • 54,000 miles


Exhaust odor noticed inside 2013 Explorer. The fumes have caused headaches, nausea, and fatigue. These incidents have occurred during acceleration and sustained highway speeds. The exhaust smell is noticed throughout inside the vehicle, from the driver to the passengers in second and third row (my kids). This is a repeatable incident.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #41

May 212015


  • 61,000 miles
Burnt oil smell during acceleration or long trips. This is easily repeatable and happens every time.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #40

Mar 132015


  • 85,491 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. The contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated that there was smoke coming through the vents into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed. The eco boost motor was replaced. After the vehicle was serviced, while driving 45 mph, the contact heard a knocking noise under the hood of the vehicle and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the evap purge valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 85,491.

- Giddings, TX, USA

problem #39

Aug 022014


  • miles
When I shift into park, the computer starts peeping and telling me to shift into park. The dash says its in park, and it wont go any further, but it won't stop beeping till I mess with putting it in and out of park several times. I use my parking brake "all" the time because I can't trust that it is really in park or not. When I called the dealer they said they had a couple in the shop that were having the same problem and they were replacing something on it and if it solved the problem, they'd let me know. I haven't heard anything and am still having the problem.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #38

Nov 102013


  • 1,100 miles


Exhaust fumes in cabin when accelerated

- Manns Choice, PA, USA

problem #37

Nov 192013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • miles
2013 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recurring problems. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions, because the vehicle would not start and/or check engine light illuminated. The battery was replaced

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 152014


  • 18,223 miles
On December 15 2014, I was driving to ponce on highway 52 in puerto rico. When suddently the engine stall while driving. After that the problem have continue doing it, sometimes three times a day. The last time was Monday 29 2014 while I was driving to the dealer. I'm very afraid of driving this vehicle knowing that can stall any moment whithout notice and implicate me in an accident.

- Las Piedras, PR, USA

problem #35

Oct 012012


  • 1,000 miles
We leased a 2013 Ford Explorer in October of 2012. Within about a month, we began smelling exhaust inside the car. I brought my car into a dealership in New York, who told me that I was not using the air conditioning properly. So, I thought the exhaust was getting inside the car because of something I was doing. I now know that lots of people are having this problem. I have now brought my car back into a dealership in Florida. The exhaust problem is getting worse, and I am nervous for my family. I had the car checked, and carbon monoxide was found inside the car.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #34

Sep 062014


  • 34,000 miles
I purchased a used 2013 Ford Explorer one week ago. When pulling out of my driveway, the vehicle began to shake really bad and would not accelerate. I had to coast into my neighbors driveway and through my yard. I turned off the vehicle. Mind you, my husband experienced the same thing when he picked up the vehicle from the dealership but when he restarted the vehicle, everything seemed ok. Thinking it was related to my husband's experience, I restarted the vehicle. Everything seemed to be ok until I tried leaving out of my drive way. Again, the vehicle shook really bad and would not accelerate. I again coasted into my neighbors driveway and this time the engine light came on. I immediately called the dealership and they had to tow it in to service. It is going on day 3 of the work week and they still have not looked at it. Really not a good sign seeing as though we literally just bought the vehicle. I'm glad it happened leaving my driveway and not on the highway.

- Needville, TX, USA

problem #33

Mar 122014

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
My vehicle is now at aprox 38,000 miles and this happens frequently upon hard accelerations and steep inclines, the smell of sulfur, rotten egg smell, or hard boiled egg smell (exhaust) this happens even when the A/C is running on recirculate. I purchased this vehicle new and am the original owner.

- East Dublin, GA, USA

problem #32

Aug 042014


  • 7,345 miles
Vehicle is showing 75 to 100 ppm of carbon monoxide in the cabin. Fire dept CO2 meter showed this in the vehicle. Was told not to operate vehicle due to high levels of CO2.

- Kane, PA, USA

problem #31

Aug 042014


  • 22,000 miles
Shortly after purchasing the vehicle (4/13) we noticed a burning odor inside the cabin during hard acceleration. This occurs when passing, towing and driving up steeper grades. We took the car to our local dealer and were told they could not reproduce the issue. Today the car is back at the dealer for the same issue and I am being told again that they cannot reproduce the issue, this after I took a technician for a ride and showed him how to reproduce it. A different technician called and asked a lot of questions about whether or not I run the A/C and what the smell was. After reading about many similar issue my next step will be to contact Ford directly.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 102012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
While engaging passing gear at road speeds, cabin filled with exhaust fumes. This has continued from that time until present. Vehicle how has 33000 miles. Vehicle has been taken to local dealer - [xxx] - on numerous occasions with no results in stopping the problem. The last visit after keeping our vehicle for 1.5 weeks, we were told that Ford could not repair the problem and that the factory would take the vehicle under advisement - whatever that means. Meanwhile the problem continues to worsen while exhaust fumes now enter the vehicle at all stages of operation. We have been advised by several mechanics and other dealers no to drive the vehicle with our grand babies. This has become a serious health concern for our family as this is my wife's only mode of transportation. She frequently suffers headaches after trips in the vehicle to neighboring cities to shop!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Union, MS, USA

problem #29

Jun 112014


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, there was a odor of exhaust fumes coming from the vehicle. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Richmond, WA, USA

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