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2018 Ford Explorer transmission problems: transmission failure

Transmission Failure

2018 Ford Explorer

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Ford dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
32,850 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
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2018 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012020

Explorer LXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


So after having the Torque Converter replaced at 42,000 miles, now I'm having gear shifting issues around the 40-45 mph range... Back in the shop now....

- John M., Piscataway, US

problem #2

May 122020

Explorer Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I have brought in the 2 year old Explorer to have several things fixed and one of the key points for them to look at was that it downshifts really hard in the lower gears. I just got a call from the shop that the transmission has an error code coming up and they are now going to have to submit it to the warranty company to have it either rebuilt or have the transmission replaced whichever is less costly. I have driven this car for 2 years with about 40,000 miles on it and already need a new transmission!!! What is wrong with the engine that it needs replacement at 40k??? This has been doing it since about 20K but i didn't think it was something bad till my hubby said something was wrong. Has anyone else had issues with the downshifting being noticeably hard or make a noise ?

- Miranda Y., Silsbee, US

problem #1

Mar 242019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles

Brand new 2018 Ford Explorer. Owned for 4 months and less than 3000 miles has total transmission FAILURE with no known reason. Transmission must be replaced. I am leasing the vehicle from Huntington Ford, Rochester Hills, MI.

- Ronda B., Troy, MI, US

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