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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#358 of 383 Re: 2008 Explorer transmission problems [origins]
Aug 06, 2012 (4:50 pm)
I ditto what wwest said above - (unusual for me ). Having owned a bevy of Explorers from 94 to 12, I'm a pretty good knowledge base on them, and can tell you, if they have a recurring weakness, it's the transmissions from 02-10. The engines are bullet proof, all of them and the rest of the trucks are tough as nails, reliable and best designed. Ford has usually pioneered the best designs for wagons and trucks. But for some reason, that damn French transmission for these years has been a problematic unit. Some of them are fine, some are not, and if they're not, they are never any good. So, best of luck! I love the trucks, obviously, but it's a gamble on the transmission if it's out of warranty.
#359 of 383 Re: 2008 Explorer transmission problems [origins]
Aug 23, 2012 (5:54 pm)
I have a '98 Explorer, v6 4x4 and my tranny is slipping, this seems to be a usual thing with these Explorers. But I must say . . . . except for my tranny slipping this Explorer has been the best vehicle that I have ever owned and I have been through a blue million cars & trucks! My wife and I have been wanting to get another vehicle but I really don't want to part with our Explorer. We live in the hills of Kentucky and my Explorer will get me anywhere I want to go in the snow. We thought about trading it in but this thing drives so well and still looks great that I think we will hang on to it until it finally gives out. I am going to call around and see about having the tranny rebuilt and I will probably have to do the same with the transfer case. If you have been wanting to buy an Explorer I would have the tranny checked out first. Don't base your decision just from what I or other folks have said about their transmissions, yes there are a lot that have went bad but there are way more out there that haven't had the first bit of tranny troubles. Honestly . . . I would buy another Explorer and I will when this one goes. It has been dependable and the paint has held up better than my other car which is 5 years newer! Just have the tranny checked, if it checks out ok then I would pull the trigger on buying it.
#360 of 383 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer, 168,000 miles [drwofford]
Sep 24, 2012 (4:10 pm)
Can you provide any additional information on the problem that you were having with the vehicle when first driving - when first driving after it has set overnight or for a few hours, it does this thing like if you were to pump the accelerator while driving... bounces very annoying!! Were you able to resolve?
#361 of 383 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer, 168,000 miles [twill15]
Sep 24, 2012 (5:10 pm)
The problem was with the computer. After I told them that there
was a fix available from reading on these posts , the local dealer located a computer fix. I have had no problems since. Our car only has 50,000 miles on it and was a pain from day one. But is now good.
#362 of 383 Ford Explorer 2006 Transmission
Oct 14, 2012 (10:30 am)
Just bought "as-Is" with no bad reports from CarFax, 25 days later transmission failed; in shop; rebuilt or replace or change Transmission manufacture?
#363 of 383 Re: 2008 Explorer transmission problems [kyjones64]
Oct 15, 2012 (10:11 am)
Unless you are your wife have a habit of using the 4WD mode, or inadvertently leaving it engaged on tractive surfaces, I would not have any work done on the transfer case.
PPI for the purpose of "predicting" automatic tranny failure is useless. Those clutch frictional surfaces work virtually 100% right up until they don't.
#364 of 383 2007 Ford Limited Tranny Problem
Oct 15, 2012 (2:14 pm)
I just took my 2007 Ford Limited to the dealer. It has 68K miles on it and this weekend while driving in town as I left any stop lights the engine would rev up the RPM's to around 3-3500 before it would pick up speed. Th edealer says it does not show a problem on their computer and all they could think to do was change out the tranny fluid and Filter. I have an extended warranty through next Feb and I am sure this is not the fix. Anyone that has had experience with this please let me know the fix.
#365 of 383 Re: 2007 Ford Limited Tranny Problem [bcrow1]
Oct 22, 2012 (3:49 pm)
It is possible that the fluid level is low and refilling it may fix it. Otherwise, the torque converter is going out, and a total rebuild is warranted. My advice is do not settle for any bogus explanations - like, "it's normal behavior", it's NOT! When you pick it up, test drive it, preferably with a mechanic to see if it's ok before you pay and accept the car. I'm thinking you will need a new one.
#366 of 383 Used Explorer or Mountaineer, should I stay away from a 2002?
Oct 28, 2012 (5:48 pm)
We are looking to buy a used Explorer or Mountaineer as our 1999 Explorer XLT was just totaled in an accident. In researching our options, I came across a lot of articles and sites saying that the Explorers from 2002-2004 (especially the 2002's) have had a lot of transmission problems. Is this true? We don't want to buy a used one and have to deal with transmission issues.
Also, between the Explorer or Mountaineer, which would be the better buy used? I had heard that the Mountaineer gets worse gas mileage because of the v8 and AWD. Any advice there? We really liked our '99 Explorer and want to get something similar but would like side airbags and less miles than what we had.
Is the Explorer 4wd better than the Mountaineer AWD for winter driving?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!