Ford Explorer owners have reported 728 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the Explorer.
2004 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problem
the consumer stated there was a delay in the transmission when he attempted to put the gear in reverse. There was also a hard shift when the vehicle was warm and on several occasions, it would slam into gear.
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the shifter handle fractured while attempting to exit a parking lot. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 187,000. Updated 03/05/lj
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4x4 module now the transmission is shifting into 2 gear hard.
No events leading up to failure. Regular vehicle usage. After 4 or 5 years, the transmission began clunking and hesitating to shift. When shifting into reverse or drive, the transmission jolts violently. The check engine light is on. The failure has not yet been corrected but I am complaining now because so many similar reports have also been filed across the internet.
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that she was unable to shift the vehicle into reverse. The dealer inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that she needed to replace the transmission. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 131,000.
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer that has 120,000 miles on it. I was recently driving back home from a trip in san francisco, California to sacramento, California. Two days after having my car fully serviced and my over drive light came on and as soon as that happened my car started telling me I need to get my transmission checked. I sat there thinking to myself how can this be happening I just spent 800 dollars to have all of my fluids flushed, brakes checked, everything. I took my car back to the auto repair store and they told me I needed a new transmission and after labor it would be around 5000 (I think I was quoted that price because I'm a young female, I was looking online and most people were quoted around 3000). I'm a full time college student paying for my classes with student loans and grants. I don't have a few thousand dollars sitting around at my disposal to fix my car. I also can't have my car in the shop for a long period of time due to the fact if I miss more than 3 classes most of my professors will drop me. I have researched this issue and many other consumers not just myself have had this incident happen to them, I believe Ford is in the wrong for having faulty manufacturing, they have made it so any transmission work has to be done by the dealer, you can't even check your own transmission fluid. I feel as if Ford needs to issue a recall on their transmissions or offer some kind of help to pay for these unacceptable incidents.
It seems that my transmission is starting to slip and shift hard.
The 2000 Ford Explorer SUV began to slow down as the engine rpms increased. After pulling over and turning the ignition off, we noticed smoke coming from the hood. Underneath the car, flames were dripping down from the transmission. We used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames on the ground, and attempted to open the hood. After the hood was opened, large flames were observed in the engine compartment. The fire extinguisher was used until empty and had little impact. The car began to burn quickly and the flames spread from front to back. The emergency services arrived, extinguished the fire and collected witness statements. No one was hurt in the incident and the frame was towed via aaa to a nearby automotive shop.
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I own a 2002 xplorer, recently the o. D light began blinking and the truck started jerking violently. I did some research and found out there are thousands of people with the same transmission problem. I have an eight year old who was in the truck with me at the time. This is a major safety issue with Ford and should definately be looked into.
I have 2005 Ford Explorer that I was driving in freeway with speed of 60mph with 3 kids in the vehicle and my wife and just tranny failed and speed drop almost get in accident now I am without the car and without the work I did change my Toyota to the american vehicle 2 years ago to help economy of USA and now I have no idea that where I get $3000. 00 to replace the tranny.
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Transmision has gone out at 85,300 miles, must have it rebuilt.
I have a 2004 Ford Explorer with less than 75,000 miles on it. I am a very conservative driver and do not put a lot of miles on my cars. The transmission went out and the guy at aamco said the inside of it was a mess, everything was chewed up. It cost me $3,550 to have it fixed. At the time it failed I was going down the highway at 55 mph and it suddenly dropped to about 25mph.
I own a 2006 Ford Explorer with 64000 miles. Yesterday without any warning the transmission went out while in heavy traffic, I had the vehical towed to a dealer where they say the transmission would need replaced. I checked online and found this to be a very common problem with this year and make. And everyone had exact symtoms. Ford acts like this isnt common and plays dumb to the fact. I still owe $15000 on a vehical and cannot afford $3000 to repair. Someone please look into this issue and stop Ford from taking advantage of citizens. Thank you.
When shifting from reverse to park the shift lever broke off in my hand. . Read more...
My 2002 Ford Explorer's transmission completely stopped working while stopped at a traffick light. That is a major safety hazard and could have caused a major accident. I have read numerous complaints about the transmission in these model and year vehicles. There needs to be som recall for this.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the odometer began to flash and the vehicle began to jerk abnormally. The vehicle was taken home and parked. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 84,000.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated the gear selector lever fractured when shifting from park into drive. There was no prior warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.
Vehicle has started to roll away when in park. Took in for service and reported to dealer. They claim they can find nothing wrong. This has happened 5 times.
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The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph the over drive light began illuminating on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to shift into a higher gear. The contact turned the vehicle off and upon restarting it, the vehicle began to function normally. After driving for a few miles, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.
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Transmission has had problems since car was bought. Have had work down on it and finall y had to replace it in may 2011, cost $5000.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the overdrive warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The transmission also exhibited severe hesitation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where the technician detected that the failure was related to the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 114,071.
The transmission on my 2004 Ford Explorer has started slipping. It does not want to go into gear correctly. It only has 107,600 miles on it. I live just outside birmingham, al and the traffic is very heavy and dangerous here. Not a place I want my vehicle breaking down. I just hung up the phone with Ford motor CO and they have nothing to offer in the way of help. They said to hold on to receipts in case of recall. :-( you bet your life I will! my sister's 2005 did the same thing at just over 100,000 miles.
Bought and own a 2006 Ford Explorer, eddie bauer purchased as used in 2008 with 19,000 miles on it. At 60,000 the transmission lurches, and slips. . . . Feels like someone is rear ending you. Slow to respond when accelerating, makes clunking sound when putting into park or reverse. Researched on the internet and there are thousands of complaints regarding the 2006 Ford exlporer transmissions and aparently Ford has issued no recall and offers no repair solution (unless you shell out $2500 for a new transmission). It is unbelieveble that a SUV with 60,000 miles needs a new transmission!! I still owe just under $10,000 for this truck, where is the justice in buying american?? I would appreciate your comment to this on-going Ford problem. Please Ford. . . . . . Do something!! thank you!.
My transmission on my 2002 Ford Explorer XLT wont shift into 3rd gear.
The transmission on our 2003 Ford Explorer had to be replaced. It could have left us stranded on the road. Ford knew of this problem with the transmissions on the 2003-2004 Explorers. I think they should make an adjustment on the cost of the repairs. Transmission are supposed to last longer than 71,000 miles. We did not mistreat this vehicle in any way.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Overdrive Light On problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Transmission Solenoid problems||
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||
|Transfer Case problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||