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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
118,178 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. transmission rebuild (8 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer transmission problems

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 012011

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


I purchased my 2001 Ford Explorer, used, in 2009. Three months after I bought it I was trying to back out of a parking spot one day and reverse was not working. I replaced the transmission and went on bout my business. Less than a year later had to replace rear end. Just yesterday was backing out of parking spot and this time it was a loud noise and pow , no reverse. I have decided however to not replace the transmission again, but rather take what I can get on trade and hope it will get me to work and back. A recall of some sort should really be considered for these vehicles. I've spoken with so many people that have had transmission problems with this particular vehicle. If this is how Ford does business, I won't be purchasing another!

- , Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #9

Jun 152010

Explorer Sport 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

very costly, horrible. wont buy again. site wont work well

- , Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #8

Mar 052010

Explorer 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,079 miles

fu*ken piece of s*it the day after i traded gearbox went,what the f*ck ford u bunch of corporate w*nkers traded a perfectly fine Honda for this piece of s*it f*ck u ford. nice looking truck apart from that f*ck u ford u suck s*it i have a family of 6 and thats why i got this for extra seats and use wankers f*cked us all over f*ck never ever ever waste my money on a ford again u tossers

- , Dunedin, St Kilda, New Zealand

problem #7

Dec 312006

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Had tranny rebuilt in 12/06 at AAMCO for $3100.00. August '07 the overdrive light came on and tranny wouldn't shift. AAMCO fixed AGAIN (under the 12 month, 12,000) mile warranty but would not start the warranty over. This week overdrive light on again with same symptoms/problems. Tranny has less than 28,000 miles! AAMCO gave me a quote of $2500.00 to fix, AGAIN. Not only has Ford made a terribly flawed transmission designed to go out quickly, even if you rebuilt it, it won't last.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #6

Jan 042008

Explorer Limited 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,885 miles

what the f*ck,who wants to buy a really nice ford explorer,looks great drives unreal,when it,s not at the mechanic that is,i work my ass off to get somewhere and all i do is pay the f*cking mechanic i have spent about $8000 in the last 9 months the last thing was the manifold which i was able to get an aftermarket product that only cost $1250 all up but the thieves at ford were gunna charge $1200 just for a part, that just after i found out they have recalled this manifold in America, and just after i had transmission overhauled it cost $3500 once again ford robbers wanted double,not to mention steering rack ,brakes,and general maintenance costs and the cooling system.

I really love the car but i think if so much as a light bulb breaks i will drive this heap of sh*t off the Sydney harbor bridge

- , Toowoomba, QLD, Australia

problem #5

May 092008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

FORD SUCKS!!! i have a 2001 Ford Explorer and the transmission is going out, it whines and sometimes won't go in gear! this is the first Ford i have bought and it will be my last. i am 44 and have owned all kinds of vehicles and never once had a car or truck that had transmission problems or anything serious go wrong with them, my first Ford will be my last. i bought it used, babied it and changed the tranny fluid and filter when needed and still went out. i made the mistake of buying a sucky Ford and now i regret it. I think Ford knows that their transmissions suck and don't give a crap!!!!! Ford has all these recalls on parts and i think they need recalls on these transmissions to cause they go out so much and so soon! once again FORDS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Ramsey, IL, USA

problem #4

May 062008

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,000 miles


This transmission FAILS apparently at around 90000 miles no matter what due to design of aluminum parts within the transmission. Slips between 2nd and 3rd gear and reverse drops out completely.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

Apr 282008

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles

Bought this Vehicle brand new off of the lot in 2001, only had 21 miles on it. My parts co-signed on this vehicle for me as I was starting off in the real world. Took me six years to pay the damn thing off. Now I have the luxury of buying parts........FORD sucks and I will never ever buy another anything from them again............My door handles don't work inside of the vehicle, replaced the front end twice, o/d light has been burning like a x-mas tree for over a year. I simply refuse to spend any more of my hard earned money on this piece of garbage. It's no wonder that Fords stock is worthless and that their not making any money on their line of vehicles...............I have had the same problem with my truck as everyone else........Transmission slipping from 2nd to third gears, no reverse at all, and I refuse to have it fixed. F*ck it and F*ck Ford............

- , Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #2

May 042006

(reported on)


  • 53,000 miles

It wasn't covered under warranty, so the cost of repair was out of my pocket. I should say on my credit card. I didn't have the cash.

- , Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 192007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,817 miles

Being from NZ, We tend to accept that American Built is surely Built to Last. I love the outdoors and would take the boat out whenever I can, which is why I chose to get a Ford Explorer XLT for towing the boat, offroad etc. At 85000K I had to pay $7000 plus Kiwi Dollars to have a new tranny installed. Ford ignored to cover this issue and like everyone here, refused to admit they have a problem. Holden is where my heart is now and my family and I will never look at another Ford again. The company I work for used to lease Ford vehicles but we all now drive Holdens or the reliable Jap Imports. I expected better. Shame on you Ford.

- , Auckland, AKL, New Zealand

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