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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,728 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (2 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012011

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


So I had the typical problems as everyone else on here. My Explorer has worked perfectly in the 5 years I have owned it until about 4 months ago. I had the problem with my gears shifting in and out of 3rd badly. The engine would rev and I would have hardly any acceleration. This only lasted for a few days on and off...then a week later my O/D light started flashing and I was unable to use it. This fixed itself on and off too. Then everything was working okay for a while...until a week later the first problem started again. Then the O/D light started to happen more frequently. One day a week ago my car would not kick into gear and when I parked it, turned it off and back on again, It would not go into reverse. It thought Park was park, Reverse was neutral, neutral was an odd form of drive. It was able to go forward without a problem. That same day I started experiencing a problem being able to start the car. It would die almost immediately. I was able to get it to a shop to find out the cellinoids in the tranny basically melted together and the belt for the starter fuel pump was messed up. basically the whole repair would cost around 5,000. my recombination to an explorer owner: the second your experience oddities with your gears/transmission TRADE IT IN and BUY A NEW CAR!

- , Conifer, CO, USA

problem #1

May 042011

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,455 miles

transmission problems with early 2000's ford explorers no repair help. the reverse does not work in my explorer sport.

- , Wilmington, DE, USA

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