We also own a 2001 Ford Explorer XLT and have transmission problems. We purchased the car in Dec. 2003 and had to replace the transmission 32 days later with only 46,000 miles on it, we also bought the extended warranty for 72 months or 100,000 miles. Well guess what at 104,000 mile we yet again need another transmission. Ford states that its not their problem our warranty is up. Does ford build transmissions to only last 50,000 miles, that's how long on average ours last. We will never buy another ford for this house, atleast I know I won't have to push my Chevy. I may use my Chevy to push this ford to the junk yard though.
I own a 99 Explorer with 113,000 miles I have never had any problems with it. I use synthetic oil and change it every 2,000 miles. The truck looks and runs like new. I had a Chevy Lumina that was nothing, but trouble. I also own a 2003 Hyundai that has never given me any problems and a 2000 c230 also, no problems. I guess if you take care of your cars they will last.
I own 99 Explorer. First rear wiper motor died. Ford dealership says it happens all the time. Then driver door actuator died. The transmission died suddenly all at once. Never ever will I buy Ford gain. There is a reason Toyota is at $140 stock price and Ford at $7.
I have a 1999 Ford Explorer that I got almost new. I drive very conservatively, and maintain my vehicle properly. At 30,000 miles, it began to shift hard (as I see others have experienced) between 35 and 40 mph. The local dealer first tried repairing the transmission, but ultimately (after 3 rounds in the shop) replaced it. At 65,000 miles, the transmission again started to shift hard and had to be replaced a second time. At 101,000 miles it started shifting hard again and needs a new transmission. Ford says it's not their problem because it's out of warranty and there is no known issue with the 1999 transmission. They have implied (but not stated) that it's my fault and I must be driving it hard and/or not maintaining it properly. I'm heartened to see others having the same problem, but also furious that they deny the obvious.
I just bought a 2002 Explorer Sport, with 79,000 miles. So far I love everything about it and everything appears to work perfectly, although I have only driven it about 500 miles before putting it away for this winter while I use up my old beater truck. Obviously I don't have enough experience yet to make a statement on reliability. The first thing I did after buying it was to contact a local dealership and have them provide a copy of the maintenance schedule. Without knowing the vehicle history, I assumed that it had never had anything done to it, so I had the dealer perform the 75,000 mile schedule, and anything not covered by the 60,000 mile schedule. That included changing the transmission fluid and filter (recommended every 30,000 miles, which surprised me because it seems quite frequent), as well as some other things. I was just curious if the people who have experienced transmission failures have followed the maintenance schedule. Or perhaps my transmission is different than earlier models--a five-speed automatic.
We've owned a number of Fords, including 3 Explorer Sports. We've never had a single problem with any of our Fords (including one that went over 300,000 miles. Proper care and maintenance is the key. Any domestic vehicle will go 300,000 miles if it is taken care of. We've also owned GM and Chrysler, and likewise have never had a second's trouble with them. I'd take a good long look at all the major problems Toyota, Nissan and Honda are having before rushing off to buy one. They seem to be suffering a really major lapse in quality. There are recalls and complaints for defective steering, brakes, transmissions, airbags, paint, coolant leaks, oil leaks, and premature engine failures. I'd stick with a domestic.
Alright let me tell you something about my 99' ford explorer sport. I have replaced a fuel pump at about 70,000 miles, Tranny at 134,000 miles which was 2,300 dollars. Now things are messing up. Check under your two front tires to see if your tire struts are broken it might explain why you rock side to side so hard. Also I have a idle problem too, took it to 3 places and still not fixed. Left speakers won't work, I think channel went out. Back windsheild wiper works, just sometimes gets caught on the glass. OH and If you want a lift kit they are rare and will cost about 2,500 dollars, so anyways I don't want to buy another ford. PS. had a 83 ranger that blew up ha ha good thing I wasn't in it.
98 Ford Explorer Sport, 92K miles, same issues:
Idler pulley took 5 replacements, I think the 1st time the shop striped the mounting bracket.
1 unknown recall that they had to pull the engine out for a rear engine mounting bracket that was throwing the chain out of alignment.
Front struts are probably broken, will find out tomorrow.
Transmission has also been going south since 50K, last time I buy a ford.
I purchased a 1999 Ford Explorer a little over 3 years ago. It now has 139,000 miles on it and is still going. No transmission problems as I see here, but I have had to replace the ball joints, bearings and rotors. The rotors 2times within a few months. I don't think it was my driving... but who knows I guess. The check engine light has been on for 2 years... it goes off them comes back on according to what mechanic does what. The ABS light also stays on. Some mechanics have said not to even worry about it that it's a Ford thing. Since it has no warranty Ford wants a large sum of money to even look at it at a dealership. The worst thing lately is that the freeze plugs are leaking and to fix it the engine has to be removed or something to that effect. It is overall a good vehicle, and has taken the mileage well.
I have a 1999 4 door rear wheel drive Explorer, bought it used five years ago. It had 32 thousand miles on it. The car has been a joy since the first time I drove it. I have had two recalls, no problems, they were repaired without a hitch. The car has run fine with minor normal repair, oil changes and batteries. I will drive a ford truck until they stop making them.
I bought my 1999 Ford Explorer used in 2000 under 20,000 miles.
My overdrive light immediately began blinking.
They wanted $2800.00 to replace transmission'
In 2001 They said my transmission would go maybe another 3000 miles (that was 50,000 miles ago since I opted to wait it out)
Shifts hard between 35mph and 45 mph
Cd player quit working in 2001
Back wipers have NEVER worked- my mechanic said this was a common issue with his Ford explorer customers.
I change the oil EVERY 3000 miles and I have all my maintenance done on time.
My headlights stay on for 5 minutes after I turn off car.
I love this car, but it a gas burner once my over-drive light comes on. I know because I track it-