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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,123 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

May 092002

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


At times my left turn signal when engaged doesnt work and at this time I notice smoke coming out of steering collumn, this has something to do with pressing the brakes, sometimes when I depress it works then goes off when pressing a second time, also display on stereo works part time only maybe one out of every ten drives.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #3

May 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,491 miles
I have several more invoices 7-29-03 replaced dust seals and forgot to put brakes back together lost whole front end and braking. Had truck for 3-4 days they have replaced the water pump pulley and S belt 2-3 times. Cruise control 10-16, 12/31/02 again squeling noise 02/28/03 defrost kills truck and chirping still. 2/10/03 steering wheel snaped part falls around inside, cruise control was fixed, bearing failure in belt tensioner again. Today still having the same problem. Come get the piece of !@!@#@#. I am sick of taking this truck in every month to fix something. It is a lemon

- Jerome, ID, USA

problem #2

Jan 152004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
When the consumer attempted to brake, the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. The driver had an accident as a result. The vehicle rolled over.

- Middlefield, OH, USA

problem #1

May 232003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
While driving the consumer attempted to apply the brakes but they grabbed then let go which caused the tires to skid.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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