really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,699 miles

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2013 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #83

Jan 162017


  • 59,000 miles


While driving my Explorer will lose all power after 30-45 minutes it will restart and run fine for a day or so and then happen again. When it loses power all of the warnings will appear and the radio will still work. When I restart the vehicle it takes a minute for the engin to turn over. This is very scary and dangerous when I am driving down the highway at 70 mph. I see there have been many complaints about this but no recall! this has also happened while driving a bot 35-40 mph on city streets and has happened a total of about six times

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #82

Nov 232016


  • 61,900 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact's vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. The dealer diagnosed that the throttle body and motor assembly failed. The throttle body was replaced and the vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,900.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #81

Aug 152016


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. While driving various speeds on several occasions, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the throttle body had excess deposits, which caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #80

Nov 052016


  • 118,000 miles


My truck has almost 120000 miles. And we were driving and notice the check light came on. We went to advance auto and had the truck scanned to see what code would come up. It said there was two cylinder misfired. And that it probably came from bad fuel. And then the engine started jumping and skipping. We finally got it to Firestone and they said there's tapping and knocking at the bottom of the engine. They came to the conclusion that now the truck needs a new engine. They quoted me a rough estimate of $10,000. We've kept up with all the oil changes along with having the A/C compressor replaced because it went out as well. The warranty company will only replace the engine with a used or remanufactured engine for $3700. There is no way a 2013 Ford Explorer with less than 120,000 miles needs a new engine. And we also smelled exhaust fumes through the vents inside the vehicle.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #79

Oct 142016


  • 83,000 miles
Exhaust smell is extremely noticeable and disturbing, especially because I am travelling with a 3 year old. What can be done to resolve this issue immediately? I had a similar issue when the gas line had a leak and that is all I could smell.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #78

Aug 032014


  • miles
During heavy acceleration... for example when I'm entering a highway... really strong smell of engine fumes enter the cabin... every time. I have a 2013 Ford Explorer XLT - very happy with my Ford otherwise.

- Zionsville, PA, USA

problem #77

Oct 212015


  • miles


Exhaust leak in cabin

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #76

Oct 062016


  • 83,127 miles
I had an incident in July 24, 2016 when I came to a stop at a highway toll booth the vehicle started stalling the low oil pressure message came on and stalled I restarted the vehicle the message went away and ran normal thought it was a clutch so I left it align. Checked oil level and it was normal. Well today 10/06/2016 my mother in law the vehicle belonging to her was driving on the highway to where speed limit is 70mph. Traffic came to a slow down almost a stop vehicle did the same low oil pressure message came on and stalled with my kids on board. She had to put in park and restarted the vehicle in the middle of the highway posing danger to other motorist and most important my family. Something needs to be done before something bad happens to someone that could have been prevented by a recall and further investigation. Thank you for your cooperation.

- Donna, TX, USA

problem #75

Sep 162016


  • 40,000 miles
While driving an error message with wrench symbol came on and car wouldn't move. I pressed gas pedal and still wouldn't go. I was driving on a city street in heavy traffic..

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #74

Jun 012016


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there were strong fumes emitting into the cabin of the vehicle, which caused nausea and headaches. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #73

Aug 012016


  • 50,000 miles


Exhaust smell in cabin during heavy loads on engine. I have had the tsb completed by Ford and still have this problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #72

Aug 052016


  • 35,595 miles
The throttle body fails causing my vehicle to enter "limp" mode regardless of location or current speed. Will go 70 on a highway then all of the sudden lose speed and speed control. This issue can also happen when accelerating, slowing down, etc. The biggest worry is losing speed control regardless of location. This issue has been identified in other Ford models and is being voluntarily repaired (by Ford). However, for some reason the 2013 Ford Explorer was not included in this. Obviously losing throttle control while driving, hence Ford voluntary repair of the issue. The issue started two weeks ago and randomly happens. Last happened on 05 Aug 2016.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #71

Jul 152016


  • 88,500 miles
On two separate occasions, the car stalled after de-accelerating to a stopped position and made a "clunk" sound from the transmission area. During the first event at a traffic light, a very noticeable "clunk" was heard that sounded like the transmission. The car was re-started and seemed to drive normally. To be on the safe side, we brought the car to the dealership to have it checked but they could find nothing wrong. During the second event at a stop sign, another very noticeable "clunk" was heard from the underside of the car and the car actually shifted so that it was felt by the body. After re-starting the car this time and placing it into drive, this time the car did not move when pressing down on the gas pedal. Instead, only the engine revved up. In addition, when putting the gear into the reverse or drive position, that loud "clunk" sound and the physical shifting of the vehicle also happened. Because the car would literally not go, we called for a tow-truck and took it to the Ford dealership. At the dealership, a customer care rep and a technician came outside to look at the car. When putting the car into reverse and drive, the same "clunk" and shifting of the vehicle was observed and acknowledged by both men. However, at this point the car would move forward when applying the gas. We left the car at the dealership for evaluation. When following up early the next week, ,we were informed that they had driven the car about 100 miles over the course of three trips and the car was running normally. Also, we were told that the diagnostic/evaluation of the PCM and transmission did not show anything was wrong. In my opinion, there are two problems here: #1, the stalling/transmission problem and #2, the inability to identify the problem for such a major event

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #70

Dec 292015


  • 25,000 miles
I purchased a new 2013 Ford Explorer in puerto rico on November 2014. Since the first day it leaked exhaust fumes into the cabin when accelerating. After more than 10 service visits to the dealership, I was told by Ford field service engineer carlos J. dominguez "there was nothing more they could do about the problem because it was caused the vehicle's design, the angle and height it stands from the road and the vacuum that caused when the vehicle accelerated". I was diagnosed with lymphoma - cancer a year and a month after I purchased my 2013 Ford Explorer. I traded it in for a new 2016 Ford Explorer last may in the hope the new model did not have the same issue, but it does. After dealership consulted Ford, they asked me to bring the unit in to perform the same remedies as my previous 2013 Ford Explorer unit. Consulted my oncologist and we are looking into the possibility that my 2013 Ford Explorer might have caused my lymphoma cancer.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #69

Aug 012016


  • 35,000 miles
Exhaust smell in interior of vehicle. I typically drive with A/C or heat on (seasonally) and always use outside air (no re-circulation). Smell is more noticeable when idling at a stop light or otherwise not in motion. Have tried two service calls recently with no resolution. An additional related issue is an even stronger fuel smell in my garage. This is more of a pre-combustion smell. The dealer reported that this is normal as a result of the capless gas tank filter system. Definitely a health hazard for anyone entering the garage, and the smell gets into the house. These issues have persisted for the past 6-12 months, getting worse over time. To date, the dealer has no resolution for either issue. Please help.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #68

Jul 052016


  • 32,038 miles
Bought a used Ford explore XLT with 32K miles. As I have been driving the SUV I am noticing that whenever I fully press down on the gas peddle to increase my acceleration whether I am merging onto the freeway, changing lanes or scaling a hill, the cabin is filled with a strong emissions odor. Which worries me because I normally have children in the vehicle. As I let up on the gas peddle the odor dissipates. I have noticed this odor when I have my max A/C function on which is using recirculated air.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #67

Jul 092016


  • 73,000 miles
Delay or lag under heavy acceleration, was making a left onto incoming traffic from a complete stop, should have had enough time under normal circumstances to make the turn but there was about a 3 second delay before the engine really kicked in and started accelerating and ended up almost causing an accident, I've never felt so powerless to do anything other than veer out of the lane to avoid getting hit

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #66

Jul 092016


  • 73,000 miles
Delay or lag under heavy acceleration, was making a left onto incoming traffic, should have had enough time under normal circumstances but there was about a 3 second delay before the engine really kicked in ended up almost causing an accident, I've never felt so powerless to do anything other than veer out of the lane to avoid getting hit

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #65

Nov 282015


  • 36,000 miles
Car has auxiliary A/C system and cabin will fill with exhaust smell after merging into traffic. This is to say after heavy acceleration and then backing off to traffic speed you can smell exhaust in the car and when I do I open a back window to get rid of the odor. Have personally gotten headaches after longer drives and now suspect exhaust. A/C settings are in recirculation with the auxiliary system on also. Dealership had a tech ride with me and we went for a drive in the car, he did not smell the exhaust to the same degree as I did but said there was a tsb to seal the rear area of the car and the rear valance would have to be taken off. (rather long job) dealership told me it would cost about $669 and is not covered by my extended warranty or by a safety recall. This is something I think the manufacture should take care of since it is a safety issue.

- Hollywood, SC, USA

problem #64

Jun 012016


  • 45,000 miles
Defective throttle body. Vehicle unexpectedly shuts off. This has happened while turning in front of on coming traffic luckily the vehicle was able to coast to the shoulder. Has also happened on the freeway and in the middle of an intersection. It has happened at least a dozen times. All power to vehicle is lost. Part for vehicle is currently on national back order which indicates that there might be more problems with this part on other vehicles and not just mine.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

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