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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,641 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.

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2015 Ford Explorer miscellaneous problems

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2015 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Jul 082015


  • 12,000 miles


2015 Ford Explorer has foul smell inside the cabin. Really noticeable when the windows are down or sunroof is open. Took vehicle to dealer (varsity Ford) that it was purchased from and it had a technical bulletin. Technical bulletin was performed and released back. Vehicle still has same issue. Now the dealer is saying there is nothing they can do until the Ford engineers investigate. I installed a carbon monoxide sniffer into the vehicle and found 45 ppm of carbon monoxide entering the vehicle while driving down the road. Took vehicle back to the dealer and explained the issue. There telling me there is nothing at this time they can do without Ford releasing a fix "??????"

- Rives Junction , MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 142015


  • 8,000 miles
I purchased a brand new 2015 Ford Explorer XLT, 3.5 V6, in November 2014. At approximately 7,000 miles (beginning in April 2015) I started to notice a rotten egg odor inside the vehicle during acceleration, while entering the freeway. The smell would occur especially during a hard acceleration. The smell was noticeable while the A/C system was on "vent" and "recirculate" mode. On 7/6/2015 I took the Explorer to my Ford dealership and they acknowledged the complaint and stated there was a service bulletin 14-130 to correct the problem. Their description on the fix, was that a special air-filter located inside the rear bumper area needed to be replace. They stated that the smell is coming from my evap-canister. I left the Explorer there for the repair and it took them almost two days. They said, it was at least a full days labor to fix the problem because they had to remove the whole rear bumper and other parts, etc. After the repair was made, a week later, I was able to take the Explorer on the freeway and still noticed the rotten egg odor during acceleration. This time the odor is only noticeable during "vent" mode when the A/C is turned on. I am contacting my dealer today about this. I am very concerned about this issue with other Ford owners because these "fumes" in the cabin area most likely are affecting your health and other passengers.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 1 miles
Same problem as many. Exhaust smell at ~3,500 RPM. No fix, second Explorer with the same problem. Returned last one under the lemon law program.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 112015


  • 2,800 miles


Exhaust smell enters cabin under hard acceleration

- Emerald Isle, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 012014


  • 7,500 miles
When accelerating the vehicle a strong exhaust smell fills the cabin. The smell is overwhelming and causes a scratchy sensation in your throat. This is my second Explorer (the first was "lemon-lawed" for the same issue). Ford was quick to replace the first vehicle, however not as eager to replace the second. I have a small child and worry about his health and how it is affecting him. Someone really needs to look into this issue. Buyers beware...I will lose money if I have to trade this vehicle. Think twice before you purchase an Explorer.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014


  • 3,000 miles
This new 2015 Ford Explorer produces a very strong exhaust/sulfer smell inside the passenger cabin with all the windows up and the rear a.C. on. The smell is very strong when the vehicle is rapidly accelerated. With the rear a.C. off, and the front on, the smell is greatly diminished, but still noticeable during hard acceleration. The dealership has verified the problem and attempted to fix it four different times. Ford has a tsb on the problem that includes sealing the rear a.C. intake ports and sealing the rear seams at the back of the vehicle, but none of these repairs have reduced the strong odor and noxious fumes inside the cabin. The fumes are strong enough to cause burning of the eyes, throat and nose.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 142015


  • 2,100 miles
During and after acceleration at any speed there is a very strong sulphur smell in the cabin of the vehicle. It appears to enter from the rear of the vehicle and it must be exhausted by opening the windows every single time. The fumes contain CO2 and are very dangerous to all within the vehicle. All passengers complain of a light headache and nausea.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 152015


  • 4,000 miles
Returning home from church when all of a sudden I could not steer the car. It was veering to the left and I could not straighten it up. There was a thud and dirt and dust and the car stopped. Got out and the front left suspension was on the ground. No ticket, no nothing because I did not hit anything. Ford has made a decision that is was not a car failure. We ask for the findings of there inspections and was told thy did not release those to the customer. We really would like to see their report as I did not hit anything and want to know why this happened.

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

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