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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,358 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Aug 222000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


PE00 020 ; consumer discovered defect on tire when she had oem tires replaced at american tire company. She had a puncture on her thumb because there was steel ply sticking from the tire wall. Firestone, wilderness #ht, P235/75R15, dot#vdhlirw150. There were no injuries. The Firestone wilderness ht with less than 4000 miles was found by customer to have defects on the inside wall.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 162000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The left front 16 inch fs Wilderness AT was defective from purchase. No-one will listen. Firestone claims Ford did not balance the front tires, will only whine about Ford. Tried to sell me a $109 warranty on the tires. Ford is worse, will only state I must deal with Firestone. I've now talked to a Firestone owned store, Firestone, the dealer and Ford. No help. Since the 16 inch tire is not in the recall, I'm sol. The 16's are just as bad as the 15's. I'm 99% certain none of these tires are adaquate to light truck usage. I just went to tn, saw popped 16 inch Wilderness AT 16's all the way out and back.( dot number: Tire size: P255 R7016 )

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 282000


  • miles
The belts on this tire separated with very low mileage and had to be replaced with the spare. Had it come completely apart it could have caused a very serious accident.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 182000


  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 25mph on a side street and heard a noise like a gun had been fired. Then, noticed that his the front rear tire popped like a baloon. Tires were Firestone wilderness#at P23575 R16. Tires tread separated.

- Spring, TX, USA

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