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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,422 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new transmission is only fix, per mechanic (12 reports)
  2. not sure (12 reports)
  3. rebuilt and replace parts (3 reports)
  4. technical service bulletin - solution kit available (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Oct 102006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 50,000 miles


Ford deserves to go broke. They keep making junk and they wonder why Toyota is number 1. They won't stand behind their products. What happened to American Pride and workmanship?

- , Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

My 2001 sport trac, which I now refer to as my piece of s#!t has suffered the same problem as other sport tracs and explorers. Transmission slipping, overdrive light blinking, etc. It has cost me $2,400 for a remanufactured transmission. Needless to say, no more fords for me! This should not have happened at 69,000 miles.

- , Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 302007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

This ford has been a piece of junk. I even bought the extended warranty but it doesn't ever seem to cover the problem "I have." My Mazda has 260,000 miles on it and is going strong... I guess it is back to Mazda for my next Vehicle.... And the American car manufacturers can't figure out why they are losing their If they can't build a $30,000 car that has a transmission that can last more than 6 years or 100,000 miles.... Kia does better than this!!!!

- , Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 102006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Transmission has delayed shift between 1st and 2nd. During the delay, major increase in engine RPM. Also, sometimes my Overdrive light comes on and stays on until I restart the engine. Dealer and AAMCO are clueless. I suppose I'll just have to wait until it blows up or trade it in back to Ford!! I can't sell it privately in good conscience knowing the transmission is bad!

- , Roseville, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 202006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 70,000 miles

My transmission started slipping from 1st to 2nd, and 4th to 5th - At 1st gear, it takes 4000rpm's to shift, and going to 5th, almost 3000.

The mechanic said this is a known issue, and he's seen several. He rebuilt a couple that came back to him before he realized that the only solution is a new transmission.

He said it would most likely be about $3500 for a new one installed.


- , Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 302006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac EX

  • 119,000 miles

Looks like all the 2001's transmissions are going bad at the same time.

- , Pinson, AL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 90,000 miles

Own a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Have had the vehicle since it was brand new. Have serviced the vehicle religiously. At 90,000 miles the transmission started slipping while shifting between gears. Talked with a couple dealers and neither one was surprised like I was. An automobile company that has been making vehicles for as long as Ford should be able to put a transmission in a vehicle that will last well over 100,000. I would be ashamed to put my name on a vehicle with a sticker price of $31,000 and the transmission not even last 100,000 miles. No one at Ford wants to belly up to the bar and make this right!

- , Morgantown, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 072006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 49,000 miles

I had the transmission oil change at 45000. All I can say is, I dont think this sh*t shouldn"t have Happen with the amount of miles thats on it! This is the last time I ever buy a Ford. Their Warranty SUCKS!

- , Macomb, MI, USA

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