Although they're showing their age, the Explorer and its more luxurious cousin, the Mercury Mountaineer, are still competitive. They're roomy, and cargo space is especially generous with the rear seat folded down. Handling is sound, and the brakes are competent. But the ride is stiff and choppy on bumpy roads and busy on smooth roads.
Alerts
There are 16 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
NA
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
NA
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
NA

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 1999-2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2005.
Model Summary
Although they're showing their age, the Explorer and its more luxurious cousin, the Mercury Mountaineer, are still competitive. They're roomy, and cargo space is especially generous with the rear seat folded down. Handling is sound, and the brakes are competent. But the ride is stiff and choppy on bumpy roads and busy on smooth roads. The 210-hp overhead camshaft V6 is the engine of choice, and its five-speed automatic shifts smoothly.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (231 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (215 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Could not be aligned, needed a camber kit"

Gene H., CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"tire wear"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Had to have the entire front suspension rebuilt at a cost of over $1,000"

Randy H., SC (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"BALL JOINT DUST BOOTS WORE AWAY. HAD RO REPLAC WHOLE JOINT"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Ball joints have been repaired twice"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"The ball joints squeak terribly, a known issue to Ford vehicles. Ball joint issues also cause alignment issues"

J D., GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Spent $1000 having front end rebuilt. Previous owner had driven it off-road"

Randy H., SC (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"Normal wear - had to replace both lower ball joints"

David G., NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Ball joint and strut - age wear as vehicle is 15 years old"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"cover boot worn out"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced old worn out ball joints"

Anonymous, UT (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"front supension ball joints failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Ball joint wear causing alignment issues"

Eddie S., CO (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Started having alignment problems and accelerated tire wear problems which were attributed to the ball joints, which I replaced myself and had alignment done"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced all ball joints"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Ball joints were totally shot so I had them all replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

"tire wear, leaking oil"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Worn strut on driver's side - no major problem"

Robert M., FL (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Shocks wore out. Front transfer case required internal replacement parts"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Shocks has to be replaced after 17 years and/or 190,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Battery, driver and fuel tank all on the driver's side of the car resulted in a weak or sagging spring which will need to be replaced."

Anonymous, KY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"tie rods, ball joints, etc badly corroded, worn"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"no lube worn out"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Due to alignment problem"

Gene H., CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Wheel balance

"Wheel balance problem . Fixed by buying new wheels from auto salvage company"

Anonymous, UT (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace both wheel bearing hub assemblies. This is second time"

David G., NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Heard a rubbing sound that was getting louder especially on turns"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"Bearings were noisy and had play in them but were original bearings. First time they were changed"

Richard B., ON (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Had dealer fix engine lite"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"EGR valve failed"

Asa P., MS (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Had EGR checked and cleaned"

Joseph L., AK (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Check engine indicator lit up on dash. Dealer tested, said car was leaking "gas". Wanted to run 3 more hours of diagnostics at >$100/hr. to ID source. Took car to local mechanic who replaced gas cap. Problem solved"

Thomas S., NY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Sender stopped working around 1/4 of tank which led me to run out of fuel while gauge showed 1/4 tank"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Explorer)
Fuel injection system

"We have problems starting the vehicle. If we pump the gas then it starts but then you also have a fuel smell. They've changed the fuel pump and still does not work right. The check engine light is on all the time"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The car had a lot of mileage on it when it developed a problem. We bought parts and fixed it at home. It runs great now. I'd call that normal wear and tear. I haven't had any problems with it outside of normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"it failed. I replaced it and went on my merry way. Unfortunately the fuel pump was inside the fuel tank and it took a lot more work than what I consider a more conventional location."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"No previous problems, it simply stopped working"

Anonymous, UT (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump was problematic for a year, occasionally the vehicle would not start during cooler weather (<40). Then one day it would not start at all, and the fuel pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Should have been a simple repair, engineering and design lacking"

Anonymous, KY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump went bad"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Had to replace. Could not start"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"stopped pumping fuel. Dealer $1300 repair I felt ripped off"

Lamont C., AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had to replace O2 sensors"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"when car heats up, it goes to v ery fast idle"

Barry B., AL (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"There was a "check engine" light on the panel and the mechanic eventually found the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced and solved the problem temporarily"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"Idle control sensor was dirty. Dealer cleaned sensor and problem was fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaked"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"sunroof water leaks"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Slight drip from water pump"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Rubber seals around doors and trunk lid are wearing out and no longer have a tight seal"

Richard H., TX (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Leak in the roof someplace"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Water leaks around the sun roof (factlory installed) and driver door"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seals are aging, rust is forming where luggage rack screws into the roof"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"df"

D W., WA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Sounds like exhaust support have fallen off and exhaust pipe banging on frame"

Anonymous, AR (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I guess the vehicle is just old"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"any small bump in the road causes suspension noise"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"its old with almost 200,000 miles it sqeaks"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 5.0-L V8)

"normal squeaks and rattles that come with a 17 yr old car"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Ball joints are squeaking, common problem for Ford vehicles"

J D., GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Squeak in left rear body on gravel roads"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Wind noise

"Rubber part on a door isn't sealing properly door frame"

Anonymous, AR (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise at highway speeds has been an issue since the car was new"

Lynne F., CA (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Has had annoying wind noise since the day I bought it. Took in to Dealer at least six times, they could not fix"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"System comes on by itself. too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"warning light on for years"

Steve H., CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Actually 1998 Ford Explorer. Maintenance ad repair is worth the cost. We can tow our 14 foot boat reliably less than 100 mile distance, we can haul wood and debris with our Costco trailer kit bought about 2000."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"replaced the brake pads because of wear"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Brakes were becoming weak and worn out"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Read prior"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Routine disc brake pad replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake cable snapped"

Brian M., PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"My Ford is actually a 1993 Explorer XLT RWD 4 Door with 215000 with new transmission at 125K miles.... Otherwise it's been an excellent vehicle still gets 22 mpg on freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"the parking brake mechanism is inferior in design and simply getrs stuck and doesn't work well."

James B., OH (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"2000 Explorer parking brake is unreliable due to apparent stretching of cable when first applied after new installation. Park brake does not hold vehicle due to this poor actuation equipment"

Anonymous, NB (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"It was just normal wear and tear. We are fixing it ourselves"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Normal brakes WEAR AND TEAR"

Eugene M., TN (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Needed to have the rotors/brake pads replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Rotary rusted out"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"obviously at this mileage,the rotors are not original Ford parts.They start to warp and the pedal shakes and pulses indicating they need to be replaced"

Roy W., IL (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Had to replace the locks"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Driver door lock actuator not working. Have to open from inside handle. Left rear door will not open at all"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Glass defects

"If wares out over time from the wipers"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"The rubber seal around the front windshield is coming loose & the windshield could pop out"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Front outside door handle on passenger side does not open the door. Also, when this occurred the remote fob stopped working"

Stuart W., VA (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Locks were repaired but it did not last lock. My rear tailgate lock is hard to turn."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger door would not lock, except with key. door remote key would not open driver door and door had to be repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"AT SOME POINT ALL 4 DOORS HAVE HAD TO HAVE THE HANDLES AND / OR LOCKING MECHANISM REPAIRED / REPLACED"

Hugh G., IL (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Locks stike don' t go down or releade when remote activated"

Jeff S., CA (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Door handle broke"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Door lock mechanisms are poorly constructed and I had to use fixes I found on the internet to alleviate the problem"

Brad C., IN (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Power lock passenger side doesnt work"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"Rear view mirror keeps falling off"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Had to replace rear tailgate shock absorbers because window gate and door would not automatically fully open. Car is actually a 1999 Explorer!!!!!"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Windows

"Window controller failed"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"One part stating to become loose"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"trim molding driver side came loose and blew off"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint is fading above the wind shield"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Paint wares off"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on roof and front right quarter panel is lose its protective coating and fading. Also, the black coating on the roof rack is peeling off"

Stuart W., VA (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"hood & top paint sun fading"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on the hood and grill are peeling and fading"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The paint up on the top has become thin to the point of being gone from an area near the roof rack."

Tyrrell H., OR (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"paint has begun to fade on entire body. considering painting entire car, which could cost almost 1 thoUSnd dollars"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Rear window panels - paint is fading"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)
Rust

"Rust at bottom of doors"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"failed paint around trim and rear bumber causing excessive rust"

Richard S., IL (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Roof is rusting where lugage rack on top of car is attached in one spot"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)

"Much rust, rear door hartch, under both doors, under frame, some body holes. All in the theme of older Fords always rust especially in salted winter states"

James B., OH (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Considering the age of this vehicle this issue was not big. It was about a $600 repair."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Leak in the pipe leading from the compressor so entire thing needs to be replaced"

Kathryn B., CO (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Compressor went out. Cost too high to replace, so they installed a part that bypasses the A/C"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Compressor went out. Had to replace it and other related components to repair. Very expensive"

Mark P., KS (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Actuator malfunctioned, causing AC to not work. Heater does not shut off when desired temperature is reached. Continues to heat to the point of discomfort. I have to actually shut the heat off when it gets too warm and back on when it cools back down."

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Blend door actuator had to be replaced. Automatic temperature control has not worked for years, it's either on or off. There is no way to adjust the temperature other than heat or AC."

Lynnae A., AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Had to replace HVAC Blower Motor"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Had to had reostate of fuse replaced twice"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Didn't have heat; needed new system"

Eric H., NJ (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"hose needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace coolant"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"First time this happened. No cold air when used A/C first time this Spring. Had it checked, discovered leak, got it fixed, end of problem"

Carol W., CA (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"controls on steering wheel don't work"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Accelerator slammed to the floor and would not release until I shut the engine off"

Anonymous, AK (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Stop light problem"

Brenda M., TX (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"I have not had dash lights for 12 years, Ford dealer 12 years ago-said they would have to remove the entire dash and send it in for diagnostics. I t would have been $300+ and they would not guarantee the problem could be found. Said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. This year I took it to my local mechanic and mentioned it to him. He said it was simply a wiring harness issue but the vehicle is so old the part can only come from a salvage yard. So far he has tried 3 different ones and all of them were defective. Needless to say I don't have any confidence it my local Ford dealership. They are the same ones who told me the heater issue was because I didn't know how to use the auto setting. It was my car and it had worked properly for years so obviously I knew hot to set the heater controls. ."

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Owned a 1998 before the 2000 Explorer. Both had same issue. Takes the oil gauge about 2 minutes to start showing pressure. Fuel gauge does it intermittently. And a warning chime comes on every 15 minutes regardless of what the car is doing. Engine check lite also constantly on. 3 different shops couldn't find a problem"

Louis A., WY (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Water temperature gauge not working. Outside temperature gauge not working. Direction gauge not working (North, South, East, West)"

Frank V., CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlamp repeatedly fails"

Randy H., SC (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The problems I experienced with keyless entry were mechanically related, as opposed to electronically related."

Anonymous, (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 5.0-L V8)

"Manual entry still requires physical entry thru another door to open front door"

Jeff S., CA (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"fuel cap warning light came on a few months ago, shortly after that the engine warning light. Dhecked fluids: all ok. PepBoys couldn't test (computer problem). No Ford dealer nearby, so haven't fixed the problem yet"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"My rear wiper motor has gone out. The cost to replace is too much. The value of my vehicle does not make it worth it to repair. This has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. I have had new Honda’s, Vw’s and a used MERCEDES-BENZ including a new For Focus that was horrible on gas mileage."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"Rear wiper would not always start properly. Dealer replaced arm and blade. Now works OK"

Bob M., WA (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"muffler dropped down and turned sideways when support hangers rusted out. Catalytic converter now must be replaced since its intermediate pipe flange has rusted off. Heat shield for muffler was noisy and fell off."

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"The engine in this model burns literally burns through mufflers and exhaust very quickly, they need to be replaced about every 3 years or so"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"This is the original system lasting since 2000"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Muffler

"This particular model burns through mufflers very, very quickly. After replacing the second muffler, I resorted to replacing with a lifetime warranty product to help reduce my expense on replacing this part about every other year!"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Midas muffler sprang a leak. This is the 4th Midas muffler on this car"

Brian M., PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"rusted"

Dave O., VA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the whole muffler system because it rusted out"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Pipes

"original system lasting since 2000"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted out"

Dave O., VA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"not shift correctly"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Explorer)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"On my 3rd trans in 206000. Read numerous blogs on the 5R55E. Many said the trans was junk. No matter how well its serviced it just eats up the drive clutches. I added a larger cooler and re-routed the exhaust some to reduce heat but same problem with rebuild. Owned a 2008 briefly, trans quit working on it also, AWD version"

Louis A., WY (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The transmission started acting up when the SUV was 17 years old and about 112,000 miles. I got it rebuilt for $1700 and now everything is great. No other complaints whatsoever. It has been and continues to be extremely reliable"

Susan L., OH (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"transmission slipping after 300,000 miles"

Philip S., TX (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Paid dealer for new remanufactured trans 3 years and 3 weeks before TOTAL failure after many returns for repair. Dealer stonewalled me,less than 20k miles. Got another reman trans at independent shop. Small claims court ordered Ford dealer to pay"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The transmission started slipping & shifting rough & sometimes wouldn't move at all either forward or backward. I'm not happy as I had the transmission serviced at the mileage the owners manual indicated"

Anonymous, IA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"It simply wore out at about 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0-L V8)

"Had to replace most likely to previous owner parking vehicle on an incline without using a parking break and also towing a large boat with it"

Ethan H., VA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Vibration on startup that is similar to that caused by a U-joint failure. Issue is not a u-joint. Drive train noise due to pinion bearing. This has been replaced once and issue returned"

Anonymous, IA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"93000 miles rear axle housing rusted through, needed replacement. 94000 miles main rear shaft bearing disintegrating. Vehicle was scrapped, 3rd Ford in a row to go bad early. I've bought my last Ford!"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Needed to replace rear axle due to seal failure and the fact that new seals will leak unless axle is also replaced."

Michael D., IA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transfer case

"caused heavy vibration when accelerating required overhaul"

Anonymous, AK (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"clutch pack worn out. No front drive"

John C., CO (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"Left side of display screen is very dark. Sometimes the radio display screen goes dark as well"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0-L V6)

"read out screen for radio readings went out. replaced part for couple hundred dollars"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"We love the CD player and the radio, but the lack of a display screen just requires us to operate it as if we couldn't see at all! It would be nice to adjust the speakers."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"Radio failed & was replaced"

Bob M., WA (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"internal cd stopped working haven't had it fixed because have a 6 disc externsl drive"

Lamont C., AZ (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"leaks oil 1/2 quart a month"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Explorer Sport 5.0-L V8)

"Valve cover gasket leak"

Mike Y., GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"This is actually a 1992 Ford Explorer and there are leaks from oil pan and valve cover. You probably want to throw out this data"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"I had oil leaks from the oil pan gasket and after that from the power steering hoses"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"HAD TO REPLACE A DIFFICULT TO REACH FREEZE PLUG"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Due to Ford's choice of a plastic thermostat housing, the heat cracks it easily and it leaks"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Radiator

"Radiator lost all its water,it had to be replaced"

Robert C., TX (2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failed at 103,205 miles. Replaced at Ford dealership at owner expense"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"slave cycinder leaked-car could not be moved-tow needed. Terrible design-coaxial slave cylinder requires removal of clutch and transmission to replace since the driveshaft passes thru the center of it. At mechanics recommendation we replaced the master cylinder and clutch to avoid future problems and high shop labor charges"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Noticeable on startup. Occasionally slips out of "gear""

Anonymous, IA (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0-L V8)

"shifting from 2nd - 3rd, it over-revs before shifting; 1st gear doesn't hold back on downhills; when slowing down, error lite comes on then tranny "stuck" in second and you have to downshift yourself to get going again"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Was leaking oil to the manifold."

Alex V., PR (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Head gasket was leaking. Pep Boys said the engine was blown. Local mechanic fixed it for $50."

Randy H., SC (2000 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Time to change it, the negative pole was loose."

Alex V., PR (2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
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