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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,833 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 042006

Explorer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Ford Explorer 2001 - when I use the signal light, it frequently sounds like there is an electrical problem. It sounds like a bad connection. I have been told this electrical short can cause my truck engine to catch fire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 042005

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
After having my 2001 lmtd edition Explorer parked for over 45 minutes, the vehicle caught on fire and was consumed. It was a total loss, melted down to the frame of the vehicle. The fire marshal was unable to determine the cause of the fire as the damage was so severe, but I was referred to several articles regarding similar Ford Explorer fires.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092003


  • miles
The steering wheel had to be tilted in order for the brake lights to work.

- Salem, NH, USA

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