Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
84,452 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace door latch (2 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 202009

Explorer Sport LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


I had the same problem with my driver side door. Everything was fine until one day could not unlock door from outside. Up until now I thought someone had tried to break in. I am relieved that there are others out there that can understand my terror and humiliation of climbing through the passenger side door to pull the driver side handle. Ughhhh

- , Torrance, CA, US

problem #1

Dec 012007

Explorer Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,903 miles

The Dealer charged $52.17 plus 15% tax to check for the problem, which was a broken door latch. (Done while removing my cruse control wiring on a recall, and supposed to be available in January)

They wanted $80 for the latch and $320 for labor. Didn't have it. I already had to pay the over $60 for the diagnoses and, wish I didn't but, I had my Ford syndrome daytime running lights module replaced which cost $189, ($120 for the module and $78 just to plug it in)

The sticking of unlock control caused me to press the remote unlock very often because sometimes it would unlock the door! Well murphy, guess what, it died. Not only that, but so did the passenger door actuator! Now it only buzzes but does not open.

Now I'm doing the repair myself. Local (Canadian) dealers want $170 for the actuator and $78 for the latch. I found ford U.S. dealers want $80 for the actuator and $36 for the latch. Wow.

After inspecting my latch, I found there are 2 springs inside the latch that pull the pinchers apart. One was snapped and the other had come loose, causing an alignment problem and jamming the unlock rod!

Good luck to all with like problems ... Rick

- , Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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