Notes: After a half-decade of major transmission problems, Ford seems to have solved all the major defects with the Explorer.

We are happy to say that both the & the NHTSA data indicate no problems whatsoever with the 2009 Ford Explorer.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2009 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 022017


  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the wrench warning indicator illuminated. The contact had to coast to the shoulder with no power brake or steering ability. The contact waited for approximately two minutes and started the vehicle normally, but the warning indicator was still illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the throttle body failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 152014


  • 61,500 miles
I started the Explorer and went about 300 feet and pulled over to allow an emergency vehicle to pass. The Explorer continued to accelerate but was held back by the brakes until I shut the engine off. Upon restarting the Explorer ran fine until another incident in mid October. I started the Explorer and went about 500 feet to a stop sign and as I slowed down the Explorer wanted to keep going. As I was in a shopping mall parking lot and no one was around (also being the second time this happened) I pushed harder on the brake as the engine surged. This time I hit the cruise control off button on the steering wheel and the surge stopped. Neither time was the cruise control on. Also each time the Explorer had just been started. No lights indicating a failure on the dash. No chance I hit the cruise button.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 092010

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Explorer. The contact was driving 40 mph when the accelerator pedal became stuck in the open throttle position, causing the vehicle to abnormally accelerate. The brakes would not stop the acceleration and the contact shifted into neutral to stop the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer yet the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer offered to install a vdr in the vehicle in order to diagnose the failure. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and could cause a crash if the acceleration problem was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,500. Updated 1/21/11 updated 02/14/11

- Royersford, PA, USA

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