really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,597 miles

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2014 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #17

Jan 122017


  • 30,000 miles


Driver's side window trim molding has come loose twice. This is a common problem with newer model Ford Explorer. Cost $200 to repair and not covered under extended warranty. Mine came loose while driving fortunately, other's have flown right off the trucks causing a safety issue for other vehicles behind the truck.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 112016


  • 71,000 miles
The passenger side windshield trim pillar flew off while on expressway. I could dealership, although they are aware of replacing the steel frame and trim it isnt covered under my warranty and not enough complaint for a recall. This part flew off, I could of hit a motorcyclist or another car windshield or could of caused an accident. It scared me just as it hit my windshield and flew off, not to mention rubber molding was flapping around. I drive 25 mi back and forth 5 days a week to my employment, I find it very hard to believe that this isnt considered a defect, when the service department is admiting that both panels need to be replaced with improved frame and trim please help me, cost is over $285 and Ford is not offering any sort of help. The cs rep were not professional either, refused to let me speak to a supervisor and when one came on she was also very unprofessional. I like to write down names and id # and she refused to provide last name and just chuckled before saying didnt matter how many times I called my case was closed.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 022016


  • miles
Doors vinyl becoming unglued and preventing locking and unlocking of the doors

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 202014


  • miles


In June 2014 I noticed exhaust fumes in cabin while driving up hill and figured it was coming from the vehicle in front of me. On a early morning I accelerated up the hill with no cars in front of me I smelled exhaust fumes in cabin. Then I noticed more and more under heavy acceleration the cabin fills with exhaust fumes. (entering highway, passing vehicles and going up hills).

- Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #13

Sep 042016


  • 65,800 miles
I was driving down the road at 60 mph when window trim on right side flew off. A simple google search reveals that this is a chronic & recurring defect, one that is very dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians as well. I have already had to replace the left side trim at a cost of over $200. Ford dealership refused to cover repair

- Hondo, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 192016


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Explorer. While driving 55 mph, the windshield trim detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed and the parts and repair exceeded five hundred dollars. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The second piece became loose and detached from the vehicle. The contact was not sure the trim was installed properly. The failure occurred intermittently. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Edcouch, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 202016


  • 33,000 miles


Purchased a used 14 Explorer and took a 300 mile drive on remote highways. When I returned I noticed one the windshield panels was completely missing from the vehicle and the other one was also raised and appeared to be loosening. I did some research online and apparently this is a prevalent issue across 2013-14 Explorer and one which Ford doesn't even cover under its warranty- not to mention the safety hazard. I didn't even know this piece was gone until I got home. Had their been a car behind me when this flew off going 75 mph, this could have caused some serious damage or accident. I find it absurd that Ford has not issued a safety recall for this. Not to mention it costs $650 to replace every time because you need to purchase an entirely new windshield. I have no idea how Ford can continue to deny this issue considering how many message boards and posts I've seen regarding this exact issue. Can you please assist with this and raise it as a significant safety issue?

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #10

Oct 062014


  • 3,000 miles
Their is a tsb 14-0130 exhaust oder in vehicle this is a seriouse problem especialy children are in rear of vehicles make cause CO2 poising, some one should not have to die to make this a recall repair costs over $775 dollars if complain, if you ask for it after warrenty been complaing about smell, now after warrenty over, they foun tsb

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 222015


  • 27,700 miles
My grandson went off the road at 70mph into some pine trees and completle severed the passagens wheel off and windshield completle destroyes roof damage and body damage and no air bags deployed. I talke to a customer who also had a 2014 Explorer that was involved in a collision and their air bags didn't deploy either.the damage to my vehicle was on the front and the side yet no airbage deployed. Something is wrong !!! its a miracle my grandson is alive I have pictures.

- Charleston , SC, USA

problem #8

Jun 222015


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the front area of the vehicle near the bumper. The noise was present when the steering wheel was turned to the left or right. The dealer could not duplicate the failure initially. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer a second time and they replaced the half shaft thrust washer. On a third visit to the dealer, they provided a test drive, replaced the passenger side struts, and inspected the nuts and bolts; however, the noise continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer's body shop. The technician moved the front bumper and replaced the front passenger side body apron panel along with new bolts, but the noise continued. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 012015

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 10,993 miles


When my husband closed the hood it dented. One should have a reasonable expectation that when you close the hood that the metal will not bend. I believe that the aluminum that they are using is of too thin/ inferior grade. I would hate to see what would happen if there was an accident if the hood could bend so easily from just closing the hood.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012014


  • 200 miles
Upon acceleration exhaust enters the vehicle cabin. Sometimes exhaust enters the vehicle cabin without acceleration. I thought I had reported this before.

- Fredonia, KS, USA

problem #5

Jul 012014

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
Upon acceleration exhaust enters the vehicle cabin. Sometimes exhaust enters the vehicle cabin without acceleration. I thought I had reported this before.

- Fredonia, KS, USA

problem #4

Oct 312013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
When accelerating to pass a dangerous truck (58 mph) strong fumes comes inside the cabin, acceleration took 8 seconds, instantly we start coughing and get watery eyes, our year old baby start crying showing symptoms of distress, we tell this to sales person, which quickly told us the story that this happens with new cars.. supposedly new engines should not be highly accelerated. Naively we believe this and decide to give it a few days? day become months and problem got worst, after few months we decide to take the car in for service, unfortunately Ford from first day treat us like if we were inventing the matter, and make my wife look like if she were crazy, the worst part is that they know that car has the defect as previous generations has the same problem(fordtechnical bulletin confirm this ).we continue to follow the regular procedure and went to the dealership asking them to fix the problem, they only show they were clueless about it and after more than seven times leaving the car there they say there"?S nothing they can do about it. We contact Ford manufacturer directly, which make us go through a long process of verifying back and forward, and at the end an ??engineer?? send especially directly from Ford to the dealership tell us practically that just don?"T accelerate to avoid this !!!!.we took the car to specialist that measured co with a professional tool that show more than 140 part per million!!!!!.this is serious problem that Ford should be responsible for it, my family has been sick with flue like symptoms for a long time, my wife experienced a very long lasting cough that only start getting better after forcefully I have to get her another car as I could no longer expose my family to more of this dangers. I request to Ford to replace the car and they denied my request I believe NHTSA should step up on to this and protect the consumers, thanks

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012014

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 139 miles
At first the only time we would notice exhaust entering the cabin was after hard acceleration. Now it seems that a lower speeds exhaust is entering regardless of acceleration levels on an intermittent basis.

- Fredonia, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Panel below rear window cracked. Not due to accident or any other type of abuse.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 282014


  • 10 miles
The contact rented a 2014 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that he attempted to open the rear cup holder but four of his fingers became stuck inside of the plastic holder. The contact stated that he had to pry the holder open in order to release his fingers. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 10. The VIN was unavailable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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