2001 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Expensive repair bills
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2001 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Expensive repair bills
By Ed on

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2001 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Bought this vehicle used with 46k miles. In four years, drove 65k miles and had some major repair bills. Transmission replaced at 73k after 2-3 shift flare failures. Well known problem to Ford but they did not offer any help with the repair bill. Oil leaks at crankshaft pulley, front and rear differential pinons required seal replacement. Both front stabilizer links broke due to corrosion, known problem in earlier Fords but again no dealer support to replace. Rear end howling developed at 105k miles and required bearing replacements. Pulled a 1000lb utility trailer a few times so no major loads hauled. Overall definitely poor quality vehicle. Never again will I own a Ford.

Best Features

Rear air and radio controls. Fold down second seat gives large cargo area.

Worst Features

Transmissions and rear axles that last.
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