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Ford Explorer Transmission Problems

772 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 110 of these members (14.2%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 155 transmission repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Ford Explorer problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Chart based on 994 repairs.

Ford Explorer transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 122 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

12000 mi   Common problem with Explorers with 6 speed transmission where transmission downshifts from 2 to 1 harsh when coming to a stop. Service bulleting was issued in November that reprogrammed the transmission and e-learned new shift strategy. 
15000   Two problems fixed; 1. Occasionally difficult to shift from park. Gear selector lever was replaced. 2. Ping or Click noise when reversing and going back to forward. Problem was found in right rear driveshaft, which was replaced. 
31000   Transmission would kick when shifting into first when comming to a stop. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

25000 mi   Truck was at dealer for late engagement of shift into 1st gear from a stop and a bump feeling when coming to a stop. TSB 07-23-2 was performed. Truck still has same symptoms. Ford tech being contacted by dealer. Customer waits for answers. 
26000   Continuation of existing problem. TSB has been superceeded by TSB08-3-8. When dealer tried to reflash they received message of latest software installed. Delayed engagement and bump stop still exist. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

21000 mi   Selected Transmission/Drivetrain - Difficulty in getting gear shift to engage. 3rd trip to a dealership for this problem. This dealership finally got it right. This time was told that the problem is a 'known problem' at Ford but no recall. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

43623 mi US $660 Front pinion seal leak; Power window (rear) drive/switch replacement. Covered by ESP. 
66900   Rear differential bearings; front sway bar bushings; both front lower ball joints; solenoid pack for the transmission. Covered under ESP plan, $2k was quoted cost w/o plan. 
72000   Shifter was difficult to place in park after driving; TSB addressed the problem, part repaired. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

39000 mi   front end boot 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

70000 mi US $3000 Third gear clusters out on 5-speed automatic transmission. Common occurance on 2002 Explorers with this particulr transmission. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

32000 mi   rear seal on rear differential 
2400   rear seal on transfer case leak 
35000   Rear seal on differential leak 
52000 US $250 rear seal on differential leak 
72000   Rear seal on differential leak, noise in rear end. Replaced the bearings in the rear, brakes also and the seal AGAIN!!! Drove home much quieter. Have had a grinding noise in the engine when cold for about 40000 miles, according to forums it's a timi 
76000   Replaced clutch in rear differential. complained about cruise control, everything checked out and dealer said he couldn't repair it. Still doesn't work 
89000   Rear end howling. Was told by dealer couldn't be fixed. It's a factory defect problem and I ended up shimming the pinion in the rear end myself. 
92000   Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

112000 mi US $2500 transmission failed all sensors and torque converter 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

175000 mi   Transmission is begining to slip badly. Not worth repairing. Purchased a new vehicle. 

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