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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#148 of 398 Bad Transmissions on Ford Explorers
Nov 11, 2007 (9:16 am)
m never buying another Ford. I used to be a staunch "Buy American" consumer. As American car companies market share continued to plummet, I continued to feel that it is my patriotic duty to buy American.
Well, I finally woke up and realized that everyone else is right, and that I was naive.
Last week the O/D light came on in my Ford Explorer. I drove it right home and got the manual out to see what the problem was. "Transmission problem" was what the manual indicated, as well as several websites I reviewed.
I didn't worry at first, since I figured this would be covered under warranty. My Explorer is just under 5 years old and just under 60K miles. Surely there would at least be a 60K power train warranty. No one would buy a vehicle if they knew the transmission would only last 59K miles.
Well, the dealer told me a new transmission was needed (5th and 2nd gears were worn down), that it would cost $3500, and that it is not covered by warranty. And to add insult to injury he charged me $90 to tell me the transmission was bad (something I obviously knew) - isn't this similar to stealing?
I then asked him what trade in value I could get (not that I really would buy another poor quality Ford, but I wanted to explore all options). $5500 is the most they could give. I laughed - since I had taken very good care of the vehicle. It told me that they didn't want the vehicle either - so much for them really standing behind their product. They know the quality is poor.
Obviously I was quite irritated. I asked what caused this. None of the possibilities applied since I took good care of the vehicle and had it serviced according to the maintenance manual. In fact, the dealer (Cover Ford in Austin) did the 30K checkup. I spent $1K on that (and probably got ripped off).
I took it to a transmission specialist and had it fixed for under $2500. He informed me that he sees a lot of issues like this with Explorers - probably a poor design and poor quality. Also, judging by various websites there are indeed lots of complains like this.
I wouldn't be surprised if Ford knew of the poor design - since the warranty that came with the vehicle was only 3 yr/36K even for powertrain. If Ford had good quality, why couldn't they step up to the plate and offer 60K or even 100K power train warranty. They must have known the poor quality. In my mind, this is deceptive practice - and I kick myself for not recognizing this as a red flag.
Well, for the 2008 Explorer I see Ford is offering 60K powertrain warranty. So they must have made some improvements (which further underscores their recognition of the poor quality in earlier years). But it's still a far cry from 100K that some vehicles come with. You also have to wonder what other quality issues are lurking.
I think the choice is now clear to me. In the future I will be considering something like a Honda Pilot. Ford deserves the trend of lower market share. Consumers are very wise, and the quality the provide is reflected in their declining sales and marketshare.
Please don't make the same mistake I made. The foreign competition provides much better quality and customer service.
#149 of 398 Re: Bad Transmissions on Ford Explorers
Nov 23, 2007 (12:32 pm)
Quick update. Had my explorer back from the dealer since 10/27 and not sure what they did to the transmission but have not had any problems since or maybe I should say yet.
Did pickup a Ford ESP that covers me to 75K, first time I've ever felt the need for one.
So far everything is okay but I can't shake the feeling that something will happen with the tranny again.
#150 of 398 Transmission Shot at 36.7K
Dec 15, 2007 (7:38 am)
Transmission Shot at 36.7KHas anyone had any luck getting Ford to stand behind its product? Their Customer Care is a joke, and given the known transmission problems with the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, we were offered ZERO assistance even at 36.7K miles. Since we put low mileage on the vehicle, we are past the time deadline on the warranty. We loved the truck up until now but after researching Ford's all-around shoddy transmission record (too late) we strongly recommend considering other vehicles to Ford - especially if you are buying used. Does anyone have any suggested recourse?
#151 of 398 1995 ford explorer transmission question
Dec 23, 2007 (3:09 pm)
I have a 95 explorer and the transmission is junk. i have a friend the has a salvage yard and has a 94 explorer trans with 30000 miles in great shape. my question is will the 94 trans. fit in the 95 vehicle.
#152 of 398 Re: 1995 ford explorer transmission question [mmorse44]
Dec 26, 2007 (7:51 am)
I posted another message after the one you replied to stating that I was able to get $1,000 from Ford to assist with funding the new transmission as a good will gesture, even though the warranty had expired. That says to me 1) They know the trans was bad in those models and 2) They value the Ford brand and will stand behind their product. I don't know the answer to your question about the 94/95 but wanted to make sure you knew how my situation was resolved since first posting was so negative.
#153 of 398 01 sport trac tranny troubles
Dec 30, 2007 (4:02 pm)
i have a 01 sport trac and i had the tranny built and it has no power in first or reverse but if i put it in low 1 or 2 it pulls great.can it be the converter? if anyone had this problem please help me.
#154 of 398 1995 Ford Exp. Transmission Problems
Jan 03, 2008 (5:48 pm)
I have a 95 Expl. with 107,000. The transmission light flashes sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I've noticed that when I'm driving. I can feel the transmission.. it's doesn't drag..but I can tell it's having a hard time climbing hills and/or when I'm in lower gears it doesn't jerk it doesn't loose speed but I can tell that it's having a hard time... I have to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor just to drive it..I love my truck what is up? Does my fluid need to be changed? Can a transmission be flushed if so how? Can I buy something at the auto part store to put in the transmission? Me and my husband don't know much about cars..we really need this car to last a little longer!
#155 of 398 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission [kiks]
Jan 24, 2008 (6:27 am)
I bought the 2007 ironman explorer. It is back at the dealership for the 3rd time with this transmission problem and it is a v8. THey have had it for about a week now and still can't tell me when they will be done with it.
#156 of 398 Re: 2006 Ford Explorer EB V8 [tidester]
Jan 28, 2008 (12:19 am)
2007sporttrak V/8 after stopping transmission lunges forward,like being bumped in rear dealer says this is normal but it looks like others have this problem also,anyone have any suggestions?I know this is not normal and will probly cause problems later if not sooner,thanks
#157 of 398 Re: RPMs up, gutless 94 Explorer [ldaniels]
Feb 05, 2008 (2:54 pm)
I have a 2001 explorer sport. I had the same problem happen at about 117,000 km (70,00 miles). I found a GOOD shop. He was able to determine that it was the valve body and servo.. apparently there is a kit available for the repair. The repair cost about $650.00 cdn (including labour). any shop that tries to tell you your tranny is shot is full of it.