2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Consumer Review: Transmission problems

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Consumer Review

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Base Crew Cab Pickup (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual 4.2 ft. Bed)

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Transmission problems
By Frank Grimes on


2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


The SportTrac is a decent vehicle and served me well over a five year period. The truck's versatility and mix of luxury and ruggedness allowed it to handle most situations well. The windshield is prone to cracking when operating the defrosters in cold weather. There are a few sensors that have a tendency to fail. However, my biggest issue with the truck came at 95,000 miles when the automatic transmission ceased to function. The truck was well maintained, so the failure was quite a surprise. After much research, and expense, I found that this was common among these trucks. The automatic transmission has design flaws. Beware the blinking "O/D Off" light of death.

Best Features

Rear seat A/C controls. Composite bed. Power adjustable seats and mirrors. Rides more like a car then a truck. Power down rear window.

Worst Features

MPG. Reliability. Automatic transmission should last longer.
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