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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,681 miles

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2016 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Sep 242016


  • 6,700 miles


Driving down the road at 45 mph when the engine RPM's dropped below 1,000 and I lost all throttle controls. I had to shift into N and coast into the median. Once stopped, I turned the vehicle off and on again but still had no throttle controls. Vehicle has 6,700 miles and the dealer says the problem was a software glitch that they knew about and were going to fix at my 7,000 mile service. I was lucky I was not on the freeway when this happened. If Ford knows about this glitch it should be fixed right away!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #41

Sep 292016


  • 8,000 miles
I was driving on 675 in dayton Ohio at 65-70 miles an hour when my Ford Explorer XLT lost all acceleration and I was forced to coast to a stop on the left shoulder of the highway. I was able to turn the car off and restart it, and drive it home without incident. I had it towed to a Ford dealer and hopefully will have an answer tomorrow. This vehicle is a 2016 XLT with just over 8,000 miles. I no longer trust this vehicle and will be researching more reliable vehicles.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #40

Aug 232016


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #39

Sep 042016


  • 4,700 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 75 mph, the vehicle's speed suddenly decelerated to 45 mph and the wrench sensor indicator illuminated. After shutting the vehicle off and restarting the engine, the vehicle operated normally. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,700.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #38

Aug 262016


  • 6,100 miles
While driving below 30 mph attempted to accelerate and felt a jolt, engine cut off, "wrench" light and air bag light came on (last one probably when the engine shut off).had to coast to the side, re-started engine and it started shaking, rpms kept going up and down between 1-2000.turned off and waited a few minutes.started engine again and it was running normal except check engine was on.went to local Ford dealer (we were on vacation) who couldn't take us in for at least 6 hrs and wanted us to pay for diagnostic (new car, just had first oil change).went to auto zone and they read code P2112 -throttle body failure and armed with that scheduled service at my local dealer.on the way back issue repeated itself two more times.all on lower speeds (city driving).current miles 6200.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #37

Aug 252016


  • 7,000 miles
Vehicle lost power while driving down a busy highway at 65+ mph. Engine was running rough (sounded like a tractor) and could not accelerate. Dash lights came on. Vehicle was able to coast to an exit ramp where it was towed to the dealership to have the throttle body replaced. Mileage was just over 7,000. It is sad that I had to rescue my family (wife, 4 month old baby, 3 year old and 6 year old) off a busy highway exit ramp when the vehicle is less than 6 months old. The tow truck driver said he gets about 3 or 4 of the same issue with new Explorer a week. How can this not be a recall" now we will drive in fear of this problem occurring again since, from what the dealer said, the throttle body was replaced with the exact same part. I guess we just won't take any long trips when we are around 7,000 miles on this throttle body..." unbelievable Ford. What a piece of junk!

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #36

Aug 242016


  • 10,400 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While attempting to decelerate from 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The driver was able to coast onto the shoulder. The engine warning indicator illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 10,400.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #35

Aug 222016


  • 7,900 miles
While my Explorer was in motion while driving home on a city street, the car seemed to slip gear and suddenly lost acceleration. Pushing the gas pedal did nothing and the car would only move forward up to 5 mph. I received a notice on the dashboard saying "check owners manual" as well as the check engine, wrench and airbag light being lit. I was able to make it home since I was right down the block. After restarting the car on multiple occasions it drove normally but the check engine light remained on. I was able to take it to the dealer which stated that I needed a new throttle body. This seems to be a known issue with Ford but there has not been any recall. My Explorer was purchased in November 2015 and has roughly 7,900 miles driven. Had I been on the highway with my family this could have resulted in a major accident.

- Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #34

Aug 162016


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 40 mph, the engine shut off. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that they would look into the matter. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 7,000.

- Mcarthur, OH, USA

problem #33

Aug 122016


  • 5,507 miles
I was driving down I-295 with a speed of 65mph when I saw a wrench icon on the dash board light up and I lost control on acceleration. No power even though you are stepping on the gas you slowly decelerate like you placed the car in neutral.the next day I called up the service dept of my dealer. Explained to the tech what had happened and without hesitation he replied "you have to change the throttle body, it's defective."

- Elkins Park, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 302016


  • 5,784 miles


Vehicle suddenly stops accelerating. Was driving and had gas pedal to the floor, but vehicle kept slowing down then suddenly jerked forward. Driving downhill while braking and RPM gauge surging for no reason.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #31

Jun 192016

Explorer 6-cyl

  • miles
2016 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle complete loss of power, airbag, check engine and powertrain warning lights illuminated at various times and accelerator malfunction. The consumer stated while driving on a main road, he heard a loud thud accompanied by an immediate and complete loss of power. The engine was still running, but the vehicle quickly lost speed and the accelerator was not functioning. It seemed as though the engine was idling. The consumer was able to maneuver the vehicle safely out of traffic and had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer, the throttle body needed to be replaced. Also, there was a recurring electrical issue that he experienced in January 2016 with the first month of delivery. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for service on two separate occasions due to dead batteries.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 152016


  • 14,306 miles
I rented a 2016 Ford Explorer from avis at the portland (me) airport (avis vehicle #40933351). On Friday, July 15th, the unit stalled as I pulled into an intersection. The accelerator was non-responsive and the car moved at a very reduced rate of speed. Several lights on the dashboard lit up - check engine, airbag, and a note came up to check the owner's manual. I was able to finish crossing the intersection at the slower speed and pull to the side of the road. I shut the car off and restarted it and it operated properly for a while. Later that night, I stopped at a stop light. When the light turned green, I made a left hand turn. Once again, the accelerator stopped working and the dashboard lit up with multiple warning lights. I pulled to the side of the road and called avis roadside assistance. The person on the line told me this was a common issue with Ford Explorer and that I had to turn the car off, step on the accelerator, then put my foot on the brake and restart the car to clear the fault but the check engine light would stay on. The check engine light stayed on but I was able to pull back onto the road at full speed. Approximately 1/4 mile down the road I stopped at a traffic light. Once again, I began to cross the intersection when the accelerator stopped working and the dashboard lit up. I pulled over and reset the car as I had done before and proceeded to drive away. A few hundred feet away, the accelerator stopped working again and the dashboard lit up. I was able to pull over, reset the car and drive away. This is an extremely dangerous condition that needs to be fixed immediately. The accelerator stops working without warning and the car only travels at a very slow speed that is not controlled by the accelerator. 3 out of 4 times it happened in the middle of an intersection. If there was oncoming traffic, I would have been hit.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #29

Jul 222016


  • 7,740 miles
Driving down road and Explorer started losing power, cutting out and engine almost died. The check engine light and tool light came on display. I was barely a few hundred feet from my house, so I slowly managed to get vehicle to my driveway. My husband attempted to drive Explorer in subdivision again and Explorer again started misfiring and engine died. Turned air conditioner off and it restarted and appeared to shake Explorer as engine misfired and we barely got it back in our driveway. It only has 7,740 miles on it!! I called dealership and had it towed to there today.

- Jacksboro, TN, USA

problem #28

Jul 232016


  • 7,250 miles
Car jerked and then the wrench light came on. Could not accelerate over 5 mph, has gas pedal to the floor, just over 7000 miles.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #27

Jun 252016


  • 6,250 miles
Driving on interstate highway, wrench light came on, loss of acceleration, limped to side of road. Was on vacation, brought car to dealer, needed throttle body and was told Ford had a 23 day back order on part so this is obviously a common, dangerous problem. Ford would not pay for comparable rental car.

- Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jul 162016


  • 10,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on a street and the gas petal stopped working. The car started shaking and I couldn't make it to the side of the road. The car would drive again after restarting the engine, but, only for 5-10 minutes before the gas petal stopped working again. I took it to the Ford dealership and was told it was the throttle body and they have been having electrical issues and this happens a lot. They installed a new throttle body and told me they weren't sure if it would happen again. I had my family in the car with me and it was an extremely dangerous situation.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #25

Jul 162016


  • miles
Husband was driving the vehicle was about to accelerate to get up a hill on a city street and engine sounded like transmission or other major part just "dropped". steering wheel froze, car idled violently, could not move vehicle, started to roll backwards until emergency brake was applied.acceleration went to literally zero, SUV would not move. Orange wrench light came on, stated to see manual.placed car in park shut off engine and waited and started at back up again. Scarry stuff, 2 children 2 and younger in vehicle. Won't let me input on next page, approximately 25-30 miles an hour, SUV has 5,500 miles on

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 132016


  • 9,000 miles
Driving on I-10 about 1 mile before daphne, al, engine sputtered and vehicle began loosing speed. Pressing the gas pedal did nothing, check engine light came on, service manual light came on, and airbag light came on. Coasted to the side of the interstate, stuck between the white line of the lane edge and a guardrail with only inches to spare from traffic passing at 70 mph. All this with my wife in the front seat and our 2 daughters in the backseat who are 2 years old and 5 months old. Engine was running rough and would not increase rpms even when pressing the accelerator pedal. Shut engine off and on 6 times before it finally responded to accelerator pedal input. Was finally able to merge back on to the interstate and get to the daphne exit. We had to stay the night in a hotel in daphne while we waited for another vehicle to get us home to Louisiana. This was a rental vehicle and had to be towed to the mobile airport so that we could get another vehicle from enterprise. A quick internet search revealed numerous complaints of the exact same issue but no evidence of any recall. Apparently the throttle body is faulty and most people report that the part is on back order. Ford knows about this problem and NHTSA should too but somehow nothing is being done. This incident left us on the side of the road, inches from being killed by passing motorists. How this is not under a recall or stop sale order is beyond me. Please initiate a recall and/or stop sale order on these vehicles before someone is killed or seriously injured.

- Walker, LA, USA

problem #23

Jun 242016


  • 6,000 miles
I was driving my 2016 Ford Explorer on a busy street when the engine light and the orange wrench light came on. The car stalled and would not lost all power. I am terrified of driving it now. It would not move faster than 5 miles per hour. The car has 6,000 miles on it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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