pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
95,100 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. rebuilt transmission twice!!!! (1 reports)
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problem #5

Jul 032014

Explorer Eddie Bauer 3.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,232 miles

If it isn't one thing it's another with this Ford... This is my 2nd Ford product, 1st Ford was a 2002 Mercury Sable, now this problem child called the Explorer. I've replaced bearings, axles, differential, alternator, wiper motors etc etc. all within a year of owning the car. Now I'm facing a Transmission issue. I first heard this new issue while in reverse, it was making a knocking noise whenever the accelerator is pressed the car jerks and makes loud noise. I just might be done with Ford if this issue's price tag has too many numbers....

- Damon R., Brooklyn, NY, US

problem #4

Jul 012011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

I put in gear and have to rev the engine up until it kicks in.

when going up a long hill it grabs and lets go.

I stop at light and have to rev to get it in gear- scraping noise going on when it does this

- Joseph N R., Rumford, ME, US

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Found out this is a model wide problem. No recall at present. I feel cheated that I now have a vehicle that will surely fail and the company will not stand behind their product. I feel that this is political as the explorer is the number one selling SUV and a recall would be too expensive to the company so they had it squashed. The transmission is crap and should be replaced with another model not repaired.

- john1761, Massapequa, NY, US

problem #2

Nov 112010

Explorer Limited 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,070 miles

While parked, as a result of the "engine surge", the car surged forward into the convenience store! This caused extensive damage to the front of the car and store!

- rphinney, Calgary, Alberta, canada

problem #1

May 122006

(reported on)

Explorer Limited

  • 36,000 miles

Vehicle was in 7 times for the same issue in 5 months. They finally rebuilt the transmission when I threatened toi insert the car sideways. Then it still wasn't right so they did it again. Still not perfect as the transmission has a rushing noise coming from it. BUT they all do it

- Richard E., Auckland, Akld, New Zealand