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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,500 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 142012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the body mounts corroded which caused the frame to become detached from the body of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the rear body mounts were replaced. The front parts were not replaced due to the parts being unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 202001


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph and encountered bumps in the road. The vehicle exhibited a loud rattling noise coming from the rear end of the vehicle. The failure occurred whenever traveling over bumps or uneven road surfaces. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician informed that the failure was related to the rear internal panel. The front and rear shocks were replaced. The contact stated the vehicle had been taken to the dealer on numerous occasions for the identical failure which there were no resolutions. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Scramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 262002

(reported on)


  • miles
The number three body mount located in the cab of the vehicle has cracked throw the metal which causes the body to be disconnected from the frame of the vehicle. The manufacturer has a service bulletin 122-25 for this part, but the repair solution dose not fix the problem per consumer.

- South Lake, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 162001


  • miles
While driving and trying to avoid hitting a vehicle that cut her off the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over twice, the driver sustained relatively minor injuries, glass shards in her left elbows, the vehicle was a total loss, the consumer believes this is a design flaw of the vehicle.

- Miami, FL, USA

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