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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,500 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 172007


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in an unknown manufacturer recall. The dealer performed the repair, but the failure recurred. The contact noticed smoke near the engine compartment that entered the vehicle near the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The NHTSA campaign number was unavailable. The failure mileage was not available.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #2

May 052014


  • 26,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while reversing into a parking space, the vehicle lunged forward without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 26,500.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 122013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while the vehicle was unoccupied, it became engulfed in flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

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