2nd Generation (1995—2001) Explorer Problems

Explorer owners with a 1995—2001 model year have the most problems with the transmission (31%), engine (17%), and the interior (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Slips When Shifting and Clunks 14 complaints at an average of 101,269 miles in the 2001 Ford Explorer.
  2. Transmission Shifting Problem 13 complaints at an average of 106,266 miles in the 1998 Ford Explorer.
  3. Transmission Failure 93 complaints at an average of 109,244 miles in the 1996 Ford Explorer.

What Explorer Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

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