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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 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

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles


I purchased this car on October 8,2003. Three days after I bought it the check engine light came on. I brought the car back four times back to back. The first time they said nothing was wrong. The second and third time the same thing. On the fourth attempt, they had me take it to one of "their" mechanics. He said it was a bad switch in the system. Not even a whole week later, the check guage light came on. The car lot where I bought it from said they were not going to look at my car because out of the kindness of their heart they've already looked at it. So I took it to a Ford dealership, they fixed it and said it was a problem with transmission, and the steering wheel. They car lot said it was not their problem. I had to pay out of my pocket for some problems that are still under warranty. Then the first time the check engine light came on I later found out that a sales person who was not certified mechanic, tried to fix the car when they said they were sending it to a mechanic. I'm still having problems and it seems like there just getting worse!

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #2

May 262002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle idles to low and causes it to cut off. Took to dealer 4 times, and they could not fix the problem. Passenger side seat would not lock, also consumer states vehicle is experiencing poor gas mileage..

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 212001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving engine check light will flash intermittently. Dealer has been notified. Consumer states that when the light illuminates, the vehicle begins to drive sluggish, rough, and sometimes makes a screeching noise. Dealer has replaced the PCM, vapor management valve, canister purge solenoid, tensioner assembly, vacuum hose twice, dpfe, and the fuel tank.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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