pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,500 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. fix broken wire in door (1 reports)
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problem #6

Apr 012010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Can't see the interior at night. Now we have to carry flashlights. Inferior design to have ECM control the freaking interior lights!

- airblainer, Carrington, ND, US

problem #5

Feb 202010

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

When key is turned of the passenger side mirror light does not work, drivers side mirror light does not shut off, the interior lights stay on for 20-30 minutes so we have to make sure that the roller switch for the interior/dash lights remains off.

- mrayfield, Granby, CO, US

problem #4

Jun 192011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have a problem with the instrument lights going out when the headlights are turned on.

- Jean B., Bassett, VA, US

problem #3

Sep 212009

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

the Door Ajar light was off, but the car acted like a door was open. 1. Key in Ignition Warning chime went off if door was open or closed 2. Keyless Entry Keypad would not lock car 3. Dome light stayed on until battery saver turned it off 4. Locking with key fob gave a double horn beep like a door was open 5. Radio turned off as soon as car was off instead of the courtesy off with a door open.

I replaced the Door Jam sensor, which is the most common solution for this problem IF the Door Ajar light is on. No change in behavior

It was a broken wire in the wiring harness under the rubber boot between the door and body. I removed the door panel and speaker, Then I pulled the electrical tape off so I could pull the rubber boot back. Then I started pulling on wires (gently) until I found the broken one. It's a large black wire that looks like it was cut. Once I spliced it together, everything worked again.

I suspect that over time this wire cannot take the constant bending and eventually breaks.

- Rick M., Germanown, WI, US

problem #2

May 102005

Explorer EB 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

After 6 visits into the dealership, they could never fix the problem with the interior lights to come on when you open any of the doors. Alot of times you'd open any door, interior lights would not come on. Close door, reopen, interior lights would come on. Dealer replaced several modules, door switches inside of 3 doors, and even the instrument cluster. Checked all grounds.....they never could/did fix it.

- Upset O., Iowa City, IA, US

problem #1

Jul 102007

(reported on)

Explorer Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The interior lights, all windows, and radio have quit working. It's annoying, the kids can't watch the dvd - cause there is no sound? Its hard to latch their seatbelts in the dark - we changed the fuse and that didn't help...

- Marlene F., Phoenix, AZ, US