pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,750 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace freeze plug (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace intake manifold (1 reports)
  4. replace radiator (1 reports)
  5. replace tubing (1 reports)
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problem #6

Mar 052013

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

The car leaks coolant like crazy. Thermostat housing was bad and replaced it thinking that was it. It wasn't and it was still leaking. Probably burning it, but I cant say for sure yet.

- crimson, Findlay, OH, US

problem #5

Nov 092012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,069 miles

Loss of coolant, thankfully one of the easier-to-get-to freeze plugs, so this one not as costly as it could have been.

- Robin H., Brentwood, TN - Tennessee, US

problem #4

Feb 012011

Explorer XLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

The manifold is made of plastic and a small break in one side on the seal caused the whole thing to be replaced. It should not be made of plastic.

- abettermimi, Los Angeles, CA, US

problem #3

Jan 052009

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I had a leak for about a month that seemed to get progressively worse. I finally determined that it was coolant leak and took it to the dealership for further inspection. After charging me $95.00 to diagnose the problem, they came back and told me that the coolant was leaking from a freeze plug, but it was behind the intake and they'd have to tear down the engine to get to it ($395 for labor) after which they would replace the freeze plug (a $7 part) for an additional $107. I also agreed to let them do a coolant flush for $120 since everything was opened up. The problem was fixed, but those *@%&suckers pulled another $700 out of me. More shi#@y Ford engineering. This just adds to the long list of problems I've had with this vehicle.

FORD= Fix Or Repair Daily!!!

- fordsucks123, Tampa, FL, US

problem #2

Jan 012006

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

I have had many problems with this vehicle - I now call it my FORD EXPLODER

I had it in for a rear end problem and mentioned that I wasn't getting good heat from the heater.

My sons father-in-law whom I trust looked at the radiator and found a defective factory weld but once again - FORD WOULD NOT BACK THEIR PRODUCT.

- K H., Jerome, MI, US

problem #1

Mar 192007

(reported on)

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,206 miles

Found puddle of antifreeze on garage floor. The tubing was leaking around the brackets. This has happened twice and once with the air conditioner.

- linfull, Tustin, MI, US