Notes: Well, it's not a 2002, so it's got that going for it.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. change iac valve (1 reports)
  3. fixed blown head gasket (1 reports)
2000 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 212008

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I wrote a lengthy complaint in the transmission problems section, so I won't go on about it again. I will only tell anyone who is considering buying any Ford product....DON'T do it. Not only will you have numerous problems with them, but Ford isn't interested in the least with resolving it. If it's under warranty, they will fix it but it will only happen many, many more times.

- , Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #3

Dec 172008

Explorer Eddie Bauer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

When starting our Explorer, it would turn over then once I took my foot off the gas it would die. This had happened a couple of times over the years when it was cold or left unstarted for a few days but would usually start after a couple of tries. Then a couple of weeks ago it just wouldn't start at all. After tons of research and questions to mechanics, who mostly and incorrectly thought it was a fuel injection problem we decided not to bring it in just yet and wanted to try to fix it ourselves and save some money. We changed the Idle Air Control Valve. One quick switch and it started right up! So, thanks to all of those people who wrote in on this and other complaint sites and correctly helped to solve my problem!!!

- , Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #2

Nov 012007

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I started to have this problem as soon as it started to get cold it will not stay idling

so I have to stay out in the cold very much a pain in the ass have not got it fixed yet

- , N.Waterboro, ME, USA

problem #1

Dec 032007

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Upon starting my Explorer Sport, the engine would turn over but it immediately died. First I thought it was a fuel injector/fuel filter problem, and I fixed it. That helped for awhile, but it started getting cold again. This seemed to cause the problem, the cold weather. It began again and now it would sometimes turn over and the car would run, but now it was a rough idle, somewhere in the neighborhood of 250-300 RPM. Now, the check engine light came on. I had the codes run and it was a problem with the air intake system and the manifolds on top of the engine. A mechanic hypothesized that it was the rubber o-rings in the manifolds that became shrunken and would not assure correct airflow into the system. Currently being fixed at the moment.

- , Saint Peters, MO, USA

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