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 2010 Ford Explorer.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,445 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.

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2010 Ford Explorer transmission problems

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2010 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 292010


  • 63,445 miles


On March 29 at 9pm while driving at 30 mph and passing a vehicle, my transmission stopped working. If felt like it dropped out of the bottom of my Ford Explorer 2004 with 63,445 miles. O/D light started blinking and check transmission was on the dash display. I immediately brought it to the nearest Ford dealership, unable to drive faster than 20 mph or shift gears. Reverse was completely not working. I had reported that I suspected transmission problems a year prior, and dealership stated that nothing was wrong. In October 2009 at 59,492 miles I brought it in to the same dealership and stated that while going into reverse and out of reverse the car made a clunking sound. Solenoid body was replaced under warranty. Approximately 3,000 miles later transmission was found to have a broken drum and needed to be replaced - warranty had expired.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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