pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
63,800 miles
Total Complaints:
237 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace radiator (175 reports)
  2. not sure (34 reports)
  3. replace with ford certified radiator and parts (12 reports)
  4. replace bad seal (7 reports)
  5. replace with aftermarket radiator and parts (5 reports)
  6. contact national highway safety administration 1-888-327-423 (1 reports)
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problem #197

Feb 272012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I will NEVER purchase another ford!!!! I purchased this car new and this is my second radiator. 1st replacement was in 2008 & second replacement was yesterday 2/27/2012. Called Ford to complain and of course there isn't a replacement or reimbursement program for my vehicle (especially since warranty expired). So I explained to them that I would YELL IT TO THE MOUNTAIN TOPS - NEVER PURCHASE A FORD - UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPEND RIDICULOUS MONEY ON RADIATORS FOR THE LIFE OF THE VEHICLE!!!! HOW RIDICULOUS IS THIS???? Worse part is that it is almost paid off and I am not looking forward to purchasing another radiator within the next 2 to 4 years AGAIN!!!

- alethia, Burlington Township, NJ, USA

problem #196

Feb 292012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.Ol V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

before buying explorer 2006 I read the comments and I never thought could happen, but now the first change the radiator did the 45k and now the second in the 63k and I say if you read this comment do not buy because you regret explorer 2006

- tigre, White Lake, NY, USA

problem #195

Feb 132012

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

I use this vehicle for my 120 mile mail route and was having to stop every hour or so to add water, this added almost an hour to my already 5 hour delivery. I then lost 2 days of work to have it fixed.

- djunicorn, Cottondale, AL, USA

problem #194

Jan 182012

Explorer Exlt 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I purchase the 2006 explorer in 2007, since then the cooling system has been terrible. I have replaced 3 radiators,thermostats and the head gaskets. Now the head gaskets has went bad again and this is a recurring problem in all the 2006 explorers. It cost $1800-2000 to repair this problem. I don't have $2000 laying around, I am school teacher trying to make ends meet.This is our only family vehicle we can't afford to put a down payment on another car this is ridiculous. I know you can say "why don't you have a warranty?" but it is expensive for monthly warranty when your spouse is laid off, your job have pay cuts and trying to prevent foreclosure of your home. This vehicle needs to be recalled for repair, Ford should pay for all repairs. I am not the only who had a problem with this model. I have looked at several blogs about this vehicle and it is consistent with the same problems that I am having. I really thought sending my complaint to the Better Business Bureau or a government representative.

- Tracy T., Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #193

Feb 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

First of all this is not the first Ford that I have had this problem with, I owned a Mustang before the explorer and had nothing but problems with radiator leaks and the cooling system, thinking I may have owned a lemon, I went on to purchase my Ford Explorer, and yet here the Radiator leaks and cooling system problems begin AGAIN.

I will definately NEVER purchase another Ford again. I have had a seal failure problem a year ago and now the radiator, which I feel is only the beggining of more problems again in Ford's lovely cooling system failure. This is the start to nothing but problems, as I said before I owned a Mustang and it was always overheating and always problems with the cooling system and now my Explorer is starting to do the Exact same thing. I am so disgusted that there has not been a fix to this ongoing problem and that Ford would do it's customers like that.

- jenniferin, Highland, IN, USA

problem #192

Nov 112008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,926 miles

under 27,000 miles and the radiator had to be replaced

- Susan K., Akeley, MN, USA

problem #191

Jan 302012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I recently had to replace the radiator on my 2006 Explorer with 4.0L V6. At the time I discovered the original Ford part (and also after market radiator) has a plastic tank at the top and bottom into which the aluminum core fins are crimped. While I'm not a mechanic, I do have a degree in Nuclear Engineering and know something about Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow, and Thermodynamics none of which plastic is highly rated for. What really pisses me off is that the after market radiator manufactured by Performance Radiator of Denver, CO failed. Now I have a radiator full of Transmission fluid. Yes there's a transmission cooler and of course since the tranny fluid is at a higher pressure than the radiator that's where the fluid likes to go and cross contaminate both systems. I will not bad mouth Henry Ford because I'm sure he would never have designed this system. I will bad mouth the current Ford corporation which has not yet come across with any fix to their obvious design problem or come up with a recall. Guess they have finally lost this 30 year loyal customer to another Asian company so we can continue to lose more marketing to overseas corporations. Go on the internet and look at current pictures of Hiroshima and Detroit 68 years after WWll. It will show you that we're actually the ones who lost that war as well ....

- Brooks T., Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #190

Jan 252012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,623 miles

need to replace the radiator for the 2nd time, only 56,623 miles and I replaced it at 26,926 miles also

- Susan K., Akeley, MN, USA

problem #189

Jul 232011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

This is the 2nd time that my radiator has gone out in less than two years. I take care of my vehicle and get it serviced as needed. Ford has made an Explorer that causes the radiator to leak. This is a common problem with many 2006 Explorer owners. There should be a recall on the radiators and there should be a recall on the engines. Ford needs to step up and do something about this huge problem. This is very dangerous and something should be done before someone gets seriously injured.

- sportydiva, Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #188

May 232010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This radiator needed replacement after 50,000 miles in may 2010. now in November it has happened again at 72,000 miles. Ford has a better idea my a$$!!!

- redsox1986, Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #187

Jan 152012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Does this sound familiar or what. Yep at 54,000 miles the radiator is leaking. Sounds like I have nothing to look forward to but problems with this car. What has happened to you Ford Motor Company. Figuring the only way to make vast amounts of money is to rip off your loyal customers. First with outrageous car payments, and then with outrageous repair costs. Sounds like bad business

- Cheri D., Lewisburg, WV, USA

problem #186

Jan 122012

Explorer XLT 4x4 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles

A five year old $35000 car with only 20500 miles should not have a leaky radiator let alone have to have it replaced and now the vehicle sounds loud perhaps it is the fan. I had a Dodge Avenger for 16 years and never had a major problem. Now that it is 5 years old and payed for it is falling apart.

- diannaiowa, Muscatine, IA, US

problem #185

Jan 182011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Bought this used, owned is for 6 months and put less than 8k miles on it. Radiator cracked and had to replace thermostat housing

- unhappywithford, Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #184

Oct 142010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

So I'm on my fourth radiator now. They keep leaking coolant and now it is leaking transmission fluid at the oiler cooler connector on the bottom of the radiator. I'm so tired of this. I don't think I'd get another Ford even if I was paid to take it. I have an extended warranty but it doesn't cover the radiator. Nonetheless, even if it did, I'd still be extremely tired of the time spent driving to/from the dealer to get it fixed. Avoid this vehicle at all costs.

- Josh V., Allendale, MI, USA

problem #183

Sep 152011

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Here's to another radiator on the 2006 Exploder! Keeps leaking coolant. The dealer says it is a pin hole leak. No one knows why this continues to happen.

- Josh V., Allendale, MI, USA

problem #182

Nov 152011

Explorer XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,300 miles

Brought Explorer in for routine oil change and they say it has a radiator leak and it will cost $939 to replace.Vehicle is 5 years old with 70,000 miles.

After questioning, service manager admitted not a real leak, but some wet spots. Also back-peddled and said if I got an estimate elsewhere they could match it, and likely come way down in the cost.

???? - I have ZERO faith now in the Ford Service guys, and don't trust a thing they say.

- Wolf B., Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #181

Sep 012011

Explorer Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Fix Or Repair Daily...... Thank goodness for family friends, or else ford would have loved to charge me 800 dollars to fix this problem. what a bunch of bull S*. a high performance radiator is cheaper than fords. they want 550 just for the radiator. i called them and they told me they feel very highly in their radiators and that is why they are so expensive. So why is the 2006 having such a big problem? Radiator.com told me about this big issue and that it is a on going problem with the 2006 explorer + mountaineer and that if your vehicle is under warranty then they will replace it at no cost. too bad i found out about the leak after my mothers cat disappeared and died in the bushes. shortly after my thermostat housing went out as well. probably due to lack of f* coolant in the radiator. not to include my warranty had just expired. how many more animals have to die due to this S. ford told me they had never heard of this problem being re- occuring. Was so pissed off after i got off the phone that i wanted to look into this issue and now i have realized i will never buy a ford after this. getting a performance radiator put in on tuesday for 463 dollars everything included with a warranty. F* ford. and their bull sh*t. Plastic thermostat housing? are you kidding me.

- Garrett M., Seattle, WA, US

problem #180

Oct 212011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

Having the same problem as everyone else. Took my 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer with 32000 miles to the mechanic today to find out I need my radiator replaced. I have owned this car brand new since 2006 and barely drive it. It is going to cost me ~$900 to get the radiator replaced. I called ford and they want me to send the car to a dealer instead of an independent mechanic before they can let me know if there is anything they can do to help. Based on all the complaints I am reading here and possibly other people complaining on other sites, my guess is, ford is absolutely doing nothing to help customers with this problem. I plan on holding on to my receipt just in case something changes.

Has anyone had success with ford on this problem?

- Toni A., Staten Island, NY, US

problem #179

Feb 122010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This my second ford explorer the first one we bought was a 2002 and the transmission went out with about 80,000 miles. Now my 2006 raidiator needs to be replaced which will cost me around 1000 dollars which i just do not have.So the dame car just sits until I can afford to fix it.Which with 500 dollar car payment a month its too hard.I will never ever buy a ford again.

- Holley C., Albuquerque, NM, US

problem #178

Aug 012011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Any updates on a recall for the Ford Explorer 2006 radiator? Mine's been leaking antifreeze slowly, and I have to refill it with water everyday and antifreeze every week. I was told I needed a new radiator but it's a costly repair and I don't have the money. What's the corporate number for Ford? We need to get a class action!

- hadit, Torrance, CA, USA

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