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:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,941 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Jul 202000


  • miles


I can't believe im seeing this in the news! they should have told us! I thought it was a unique incident so I just replaced the tire myself. I did mention it to a service rep at my dealer and he said it was my problem (before I knew about this irregular failures). I would like the tires replaced. I do not feel safe with the tires now. That day was a normal morning in miami and I was driving down the street when I was approaching the same bridge I do daily to get to work when suddenly I here a something hitting the back of the car. Continuously. It acted as a loud bang. Not like a flat. So I stopped and there it was, a blown tire. How upsetting!!! well I hope someone does something about this!( dot number: )

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 042000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness/ATX tires were four days old and right rear tire exploded while traveling at 60 mph. Dealer has been contacted.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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