Print this page 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:
Average Mileage:
50,400 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rear panel (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace plastic panel with metal one (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 152011

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


this crack in my truck was bothering me but when i seen that the explorers out there have the same i think we should get this problem fix by the dealer its just not right we pay so much money for these car not get it fix

- Eva A., La Habra, CA, US

problem #3

Jan 012009

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Trim piece cracked then fell off from above hatch lift handle with ford logo.

- Ron O., Orlando, FL, US

problem #2

May 152008

Explorer GLX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93 miles

it has been repaired three times, and seems to be getting worse, its disgusting, i cant believe that ford will not accept liability.

- Anna P., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

problem #1

Jul 262007

(reported on)

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,500 miles

I've been going round and round with Ford so far. I called the dealership and they told me to call Ford directly. I called Ford and they referred me back to the dealership. Now the dealership says they will look at it but it's just to report their findings back to Ford to see if they will cover it. This is really annoying. My car was find one day and the next it had a huge crack in the rear hitch above and beside the Ford decal. What's up? If this is such a problem, why isn't Ford acknowledging it and taking care of its customers?

- Patricia H., Huntingtown, MD, US

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