2nd Gen (1995 – 2001) Ford Explorer Problems

The 2nd generation of the Explorer has a cumulative PainRank™ of 28.55. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 1995–2001 Explorer model years have sent in 936 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (31%) followed by the engine (17%) and the interior (14%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2001 115
2000 185
1999 155
1998 175
1997 108
1996 112
1995 86

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