really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,418 miles

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2015 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

Jan 082017


  • 27,100 miles


Very strong smell of gas inside of cabin while driving with heat on.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #56

Nov 012016


  • 19,000 miles
Strong exhaust odor in passenger cabin when operating the vehicle with full throttle applications (e.g., passing, climbing steep grades or merging onto freeway ramps)

- Centerburg, OH, USA

problem #55

Nov 242016


  • 31,000 miles
Vehicle with just over 31000 miles. Sudden burst of exhaust fumes, burn eyes. Difficult to refresh air even with 4 windows open. Exhaust fills interior whenever stopping vehicle. Very bad. I waited over 20 years to get a "nice" vehicle. Very disappointed. Dealer willing to correct for $850.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #54

Jun 232016


  • miles


I purchased my Ford Explorer 2015 on 5-26-16 the vehicle started having a strange odor coming from the air vents when the car was accelerating. Ford had the dealership start checking different things on the car replaced ptu and vent hose and installed update muffler the vehicle still has odor. Next Ford had them seal all seams still same smell this went on all summer the dealership had my vehicle all the time then on 8-30-2016 a Ford field technician came to the dealership said the vehicle was fixed and closed the case with Ford. It is 11-9-16 vehicle is still smelling I have emailed the person I was in contact with and she won't respond

- Clinton, OK, USA

problem #53

Nov 092016


  • miles
Takata recall when accelerating exhaust can be smelled in the cabin of the car. It appears to be coming out of all of the air vents. It gets so strong that the windows must be rolled down in order to clear the exhaust smell from the cabin of the car. The car also often has a very rough idle. At times when accelerating the air conditioner loses power as well. This car has been taken into a certified Ford dealership 3 times now for all of these issues. None of the issues have been resolved. It is actually scheduled to go back to a different certified Ford dealership for its fourth maintenance repair.

- Loxhatchee, FL, USA

problem #52

Aug 102015


  • 10,008 miles
Exhaust gas smell inside the cabin during and after acceleration, hill climbing or trailer towing.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #51

Oct 052016


  • 5,000 miles


Our Explorer limited unit has less than 21,000 miles on it. While accelerating to pass another vehicle, climbing a hill / mountain or similar situation exhaust fumes enter the cabin. The A/C unit is on and in the recirculation mode with the rear A/C unit operating. The noxious fumes smell like rotten eggs / sulfuric acid. The only way to clear the dangerous exhaust gases is to open windows allowing for a change in the cabin's atmosphere. This is a recurring issue that can be replicated. Working with the dealership we purchased from as well as Ford corporate to resolve this dangerous situation. Many units are experiencing this same issue. No proven repair / fix to date. How long will it take Ford's engineering team to isolate the reason this occurs and provide a proven repair / recall" could it be the units experiencing this recurring problem could be coming out of the same manufacturing facility"

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #50

Aug 102016


  • 33,400 miles
Look at video link @ cbs detroit radio "video" -2015 Ford Explorer problems- also you tube. (2015 Ford Explorer problems) detroit.cbslocal.com/video/category/news/3563437-couple-says-their-SUV-is-putting-their-lives-at-risk/

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #49

Oct 102016


  • 35,544 miles
Upon acceleration at high RPM (300+), a strong odor of exhaust fumes is present inside the passenger cabin. This condition is typical when accelerating onto freeways, passing a vehicle or otherwise under load. Setting the environmental control circulation to recirculate interior air does not prevent the occurrence. Last visit to Ford dealership on 10 October 2016 to address concern found no problems. My vehicle currently has 35,544 miles at time of report. It has resulted in nausea and headaches. My wife has experienced abdominal pain that is being treated but unresolved. I question the affect of the cabin fumes on her lymphatic system resultant from exposure beyond normal limits.

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #48

Oct 182014


  • 400 miles
Smell of exhaust fumes and/or sulfur-type odors coming through air conditioning system under heavy acceleration, passing on highway, or when engine is under a load. Fumes/smell get so bad that I have to roll down all windows and open sunroof to ventilate the passenger compartment. Tolerated the headaches, nausea, and light-headedness while driving until situation became intolerable and had begun to avoid driving the Explorer. First serviced in 10/2015, dealer had vehicle for 4 or 5 days. I was told that a tsb was performed which included removing the rear bumper and using sealant, but that did not correct the problem. Fumes in passenger compartment persisted. On 9/26/2016 took vehicle back to dealer for further diagnostics and repair attempts for same problem. Dealer had vehicle through 10/4/16, and called to tell me to come pick-up vehicle as it was "fixed" by cleaning A/C evaporator, and also "speaking with Ford engineers". went for test drive with service manager. After approx. 4-5 miles on highway, under varying acceleration conditions, cabin began to smell like fumes again, coming through the A/C vents. Then I began to feel light-headed and informed service manager of same. Could not ventillate vehicle due to heavy rains, but taking A/C off of "recirculate air" helped only a little, and changed nature of odor slightly. Dealership was using a meter to measure what was supposed to be carbon monoxide. Was consistently told throughout that measurements were "low" at 900ppm to max 1500ppm. When driving with same meter, it alarmed multiple times, but I was told it was because meter responds to breathing in the car. I determined that meter was for carbon dioxide not carbon monoxide. Returned vehicle to service, was told Ford is having regional rep examine vehicle on 10/11/16. I have filed a lemon law complaint with BBB.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #47

Jun 162015


  • miles


Exhaust including carbon monoxide enters the cabin of my car. There is a strong smell of exhaust and sulfur. This occurs when you excel the vehicle. Ford has tried multiple times and cannot fix my car. They have given up and will no longer help us. Leaving us with health problems. This has been ongoing since 5,000 miles and we now have over 30,000 miles.

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #46

Sep 202016


  • miles
Cabin, from day 1, always fills with putrid, exhaust type odor under hard acceleration. Although the "when did this happen" field requires a date, this is ongoing.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #45

Sep 302014


  • 100 miles
Strong rotten egg smell on hard acceleration.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #44

Sep 182016


  • 16,400 miles
When under load (I.e. climbing hill) or fast acceleration (passing a vehicle) there is a strong odor of exhaust in the passenger cabin. The odor is coming from the air vents throughout the vehicle. Windows must be opened to get rid of the smell. This occurs primarily and was most noticeable when the air conditioner unit was operated (on recirculating air setting) and while driving up an incline.. note: Although this issue is reported as occurring on the date indicated, we have noticed it multiple times with the same symptoms and circumstances!

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #43

Aug 282016


  • 31,000 miles
August 19:identified 3 error codes, one of which was the power steering. Tech. Said vehicle would be very difficult to steer if it lost power steering because of the size of Explorer. Service checked wiring and connections, and they had also driven the vehicle, but they needed more time with the vehicle. August 28: On a clear, warm day at about 1:00 pm, driving 6 people in the Explorer on the expressway when we started experiencing problems. Chiming noises were heard initially, then intermittently. The dashboard lights started blinking on and off. The entire dashboard then went black, then intermittently on with the speedometer going back and forth from 0 to around 75, then blacking out again. Left hand side of dashboard displayed brake system warning symbol and low tire pressure warning symbol. The air conditioning and radio went off. AWD off message appeared on left side of dashboard. Right hand side of dashboard displayed: Stability control, stability control system off & front air bag symbols. Maximum heat started pouring out of vents. ABS symbol appeared and right hand signal came on. Service advance trac message was also displayed at some point. This problem episode lasted at least 4 minutes while we were driving. We took pictures of the dashboard and videotaped part of this episode. September 13: Service techs can¿T duplicate problem, the Ford hotline engineer suggested that the service dept attach a flight recorder to car in an effort to record activity if the problem reoccurs while driving. Cell phone won't sync with the car since the last incident on Aug 28th. Service tech explained that this a network problem and flight recorder worked off the network, therefore flight recorder would be useless. The service tech informed the Ford engineer that they would not be installing the flight recorder because it would be ineffective.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #42

Feb 012016


  • 5,255 miles
Burning plastic / exhaust smell inside the cab any time when accelerating

- Palatka, FL, USA

problem #41

Aug 252016


  • miles
As I was driving home from work. I made a right hand turn (at a stop light)and heard a "thump" I got out to investigate and their was my front axle (from what I was told) was on the ground! lucky for me I was on a side street or the outcome could of been a disaster.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #40

Mar 202015


  • 200 miles
We bought our Explorer February 2015 and when I excelerate there are fumes that come inside and smells like exhaust and something burning. When I took it in they said it was the catalytic converter, but it's still doing it a year and a half later. Taking it back again.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #39

Jul 042015


  • 250 miles
I've had my 2015 Explorer for a year now. Since I have had it, when you get on the gas such as merging in traffic or just taking off there is a fowl smell that comes and goes. I thought because it was a new vehicle that would happen until I read the current investigation and I am now worried that it isnt supposed to happen and it could be bad for my children and I.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #38

Jun 142016


  • 16,043 miles
Noxious smell coming from vents while going up hill. This is an on going problem dealer has had several tries to repair.there are other repair attempts that dealer would not provide paperwork on.

- Julian, PA, USA

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