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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
19,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012006


  • 99,000 miles


I have a 2001 Explorer and the paint has been peeling off for a couple of years. If I wash it with high pressure, the paint will blow off the hood. Paint has bubbled and come off on the hood, tailgate and both quarter panels over the rear wheels. I hand wash it at this point to minimize more paint loss.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #4

Mar 162001


  • miles
Consumers daughter was driving the vehicle when some one cut in front of her. Taking evasive actions to avoid a crash the vehicle rolled over twice. The vehicle was purchased with Firestone tires on them. As a precaution, consumer had all 4 tires replaced. The roll over was not caused by tire delamination. Consumer states because of the rollover risks involved with the Firestone tires on this particular SUV is the reason consumer replaced the Firestone tires as a preventive measure. Despite the precaution the vehicle rolled over. Consumer would like NHTSA to reconsider its decision not to initiate a saftey investigation of the Ford Explorer.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at over 50 mph the slightest bump on the road will cause the vehicle to sway. Contacted dealer and the dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 102001


  • miles
Consumer stated during a rollover the seat belts did not work properly, and passenger was ejected from vehicle, vehicle was hit and rolled over, consumers wife was ejected resulting in a fatality. ODI spoke to husband and he assumed his wife was wearing the seatbelt. Wife was driving and during event was thrown out the passenger's side window. There was no witness to the wife wearing the

- Olive Hill, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 212001


  • miles
Consumer is calling to report a defect on the running boards. Consumer sustained a fractured hand from falling off of slippery running boards. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

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