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:
0 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 052002

(reported on)


  • miles


Vehicle is experiencing spurious radio emissions in excessive of 10 meters form the vehicle. The radio frequency interference causes near total disruption to radio frequency equipment operated within 10 meters of the vehicle. The trouble has been isolated to the fuel pump. Testing indicates the fuel pump is the source of the problem. Consumer has been asvised by Ford that there is a service bulletin to correct this defect but Ford refuses to assist.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 082001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 10-15 mph and when attemtping to make a right hand turn, gradually depressed brake pedal and pedal traveled to floorboard, causing extended stopping distance, and resulting in an accident. Also, emergency parking brake/ fuel pump and other parts were replaced before accident. Consumer has contacted dealer. Please bad check valve caused delay in starting the vehcile. The emergency brake was hard to release due to leak of greasing. Brakes made high pitch squeal because front brakes and pads were glazed over. Head light failed due to bad connection at lmultifunction switch.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 062000


  • miles
Engine cranks and takes a while to start, extended crank, dealer has replaced the fuel pump.

- Naples, FL, USA

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