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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Oct 13 2009
A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR WITH OR WITHOUT THE ENGINE RUNNING.
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING MODEL YEARS 1995-2003 WINDSTAR, 2000-2003 EXCURSION DIESEL, 1993-1997 AND 1999-2003 F-250 SD THROUGH F-550 SD DIESEL, 1992-2003 E-150 THROUGH E-550, 1995-2002 EXPLORER, 1997 AND 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, 1995-1997 AND 2001-2003 RANGER, AND 1994 F53 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH (SCDS). THE SCDS MAY LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
What should you do:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS THAT DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS IN LINE WITH THE SCDS. ON 1999-2003 WINDSTAR VEHICLES WITH A LEAKING SCDS, DEALERS WILL ALSO INSPECT THE ABS CONTROL MODULE CONNECTOR AND REPAIR AS NECESSARY. REPAIRS WILL BE COMPLETED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 27, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
For more information:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 09S09.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V399000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4500000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 11 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY DOPE, INC.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E025000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42540
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Aug 03 2007
THIS COULD RESULT IN AN UNDERHOOD FIRE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS. OWNERS OF THE PASSENGER CARS INCLUDED IN THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN THEIR VEHICLES TO THEIR DEALERS TO HAVE THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH DISCONNECTED AS AN INTERIM REPAIR. AS SOON AS REPAIR PARTS ARE AVAILABLE (EXPECTED OCTOBER 2007), OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN TO THE DEALERS FOR INSTALLATION OF A FUSED WIRING HARNESS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 13, 2007, AND MAILING COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 05S28.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION;S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07V336000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3600000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jun 13 2006
FAILURE OF THIS CONNECTION COULD LEAD TO FUEL SPILLAGE AND, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS SOLD UNDER THE PUROLATOR BRAND NAME, P/N F65277, SHIPPED FROM JANUARY 16 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2006, FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. DUE TO INCORRECT DESIGN, THE QUICK CONNECTORS MAY NOT FULLY SEAT WITH THE TUBE INTERFACE, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON MAKING THE CONNECTION MAY BELIEVE THAT THE QUICK CONNECTOR IS FULLY ATTACHED.
What should you do:
UFI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 4, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT UFI FILTERS USA AT 800-230-5876.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO UFI FILTERS USA (PUROLATOR) AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E056000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 58640
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 23 2006
WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO PRO-A MOTORS AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61944
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES
Aug 05 2003
THE THROTTLE RETURN SPRING FORCE MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THE BINDING CONDITION WHEN THE SPEED CONTROL IS DISENGAGED. BRAKING FUNCTION WOULD BE MAINTAINED THOUGH STOPPING DISTANCES MAY BE INCREASED.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL AND 4.0L SOHC ENGINES, IF THE STRAND COVER ON THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE BECOMES FLARED AT THE END, THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE MAY BIND WHEN THE SPEED CONTROL IS ACTIVATED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 29, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 03S03.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V280000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 448005
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Aug 05 2003
THE DRIVER COULD POTENTIALLY LOSE CONTACT WITH THE STEERING WHEEL OR FOOT PEDALS DURING SUCH AN EVENT, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HIGH BACK SEATS, THE UPPER BOLT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE HIGH BACK SEAT, THAT ATTACHES THE SEAT RECLINER MECHANISM TO THE SEAT BACK FRAME, COULD FRACTURE. IF THE BOLT FRACTURES AND DOES NOT JAM IN THE SEAT BACK FRAME, THE SEAT BACK MAY RECLINE UNTIL IT MAKES CONTACT WITH AN OBJECT BEHIND THE SEAT, SUCH AS THE SECOND ROW SEAT CUSHION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER SEAT UPPER BOLT WITH A METAL SPACER AND BOLT. IN ADDITION, SEATS WITH TUBULAR BACK FRAMES WILL HAVE THE FULLY THREADED LOWER RECLINER BOLT REPLACED WITH A PARTIALLY THREADED BOLT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON AUGUST 29, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 03S04.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V281000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1552880
STRUCTURE
Mar 07 2003
THIS OVERHEATING CONDITION CAN CAUSE THE RUNNING BOARD TO MELT OR CAUSE A FIRE.
Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCK, VAN, AND MINI VAN CONVERSIONS EQUIPPED WITH SOUTHERN COMFORT BUILT RUNNING BOARDS THAT CONTAIN CERTAIN COURTESY LIGHTS MANUFACTURED BY AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY COMPONENTS, INC. THESE UNITS CONTAIN A COURTESY LIGHT OR LIGHTS THAT MIGHT OVERHEAT WHEN THE WIRE HARNESS IS EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE MOISTURE AND ROAD SALT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS ON THESE RUNNING BOARDS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 7, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SOUTHERN COMFORT AT 1-800-745-6096.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V094000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3674
TIRES:TREAD/BELT
May 22 2001
SHOULD THE TREAD SEPARATE AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS, A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: FORD IS REPLACING ALL FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT 15, 16, AND 17 INCH TIRES MOUNTED ON FORD TRUCKS AND SUVS. FORD REPORTS TREAD SEPARATION CAN OCCUR DUE TO A COMBINATION OF THE SENSITIVITY OF THE TIRE DESIGN TO STRESS, AGING, AND MANUFACTURING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLANTS. FORD IS REPLACING THESE TIRES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: THE VEHICLES LISTED BELOW MAY HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT TIRES OR MAY HAVE HAD WILDERNESS AT TIRES INSTALLED DURING THE FIRESTONE RECALL LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2000. CERTAIN 1991 THROUGHT 2002 FORD EXPLORER CERTAIN 2001 THROUGHT 2002 EXPLORER SPORT, AND SPORT TRAC CERTAIN 1997 THROUGH 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 2001 RANGER CERTAIN 1999 THROUGH 2001 EXPEDITION CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994, AND 1997 MODEL YEAR F-SERIES CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994 BRONCO NOTE: BOTH ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND REPLACEMENT TIRES ARE AFFECTED.
What should you do:
THE REPLACEMENT/REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM FOR THIS CAMPAIGN EXPIRED ON MARCH 31, 2002. HOWEVER, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT FORD AT 1-877-917-3673 OR GO ON-LINE TO WWW.FORD.COM FOR POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE.
For more information:
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01X001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13000000
STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Nov 28 2000
A HOOD FLY-UP WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING OPERATED COULD RESULT IN REDUCED DRIVER VISIBILITY.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES WITH STEEL HOODS AND CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SHEET MOLDING COMPOUND HOODS. A WIRE FORMED HOOD STRIKER COULD BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FATIGUE FRACTURES. IF THE HOOD STRIKER FRACTURES, THE HOOD COULD FLY OPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HOOD STRIKER.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 23, 2001.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V394000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 137700
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Nov 28 2000
OPERATING THE VEHICLE ABOVE THE MAXIMUM SPEED RATING COULD LEAD TO A TIRE FAILURE WHICH AT THESE SPEEDS COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE 3.27 OR 3.55 AXLE RATION. THE SUBJECT VEHICLES HAVE A POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE THAT COULD ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO EXCEED THE DESIGN INTENT TOP SPEED. AT THESE EXTREME SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE COULD BE CAPABLE OF EXCEEDING THE SPEED RATING OF THE TIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 23, 2001.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V395000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 100500
TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Aug 21 2000
IF THE TREAD SEPARATES FROM THE TIRE, THE DRIVER CAN LOSE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH CAUSING INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
TIRE DESCRIPTION: FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT, SIZE P235/75R15, PRODUCED AT THE DECATUR, ILLINOIS TIRE PLANT AND ALL FIRESTONE RADIAL ATX AND RADIAL ATX II TIRES, SIZE P235/75R15. OPERATION OF THESE TIRES AT LOW INFLATION PRESSURES, HIGH SPEED, AND IN HOT WEATHER, CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SEPARATION OF THE TIRE TREAD.
What should you do:
THE REPLACEMENT/REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM FOR THIS CAMPAIGN EXPIRED ON AUGUST 29, 2001. HOWEVER, CUSTOMERS SHOULD CONTACT FIRESTONE CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-465-1904 FOR POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE.
For more information:
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00T005000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14400000
SEAT BELTS
Aug 18 2000
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MINI VANS EQUIPPED WITH TRW SEAT BELT BUCKLE ASSEMBLIES. THE BUCKLE BASE OF THESE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES WERE NOT PROPERLY HEAT TREATED AND THEREFORE DO NOT PASS THE LOAD BEARING REQUIREMENT OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES."
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DATE CODE ON CERTAIN SEAT BELT BUCKLES OF YOUR VEHICLE AND REPLACE ALL SEAT BELT BUCKLES THAT FALL WITHIN THE SUSPECT DATE CODE RANGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 26, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V228001
Potential Number of Units Affected: 144435
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Jul 05 2000
INADVERTENT SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT COULD CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 4-DOOR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SIDE AIR BAGS. THE SUBJECT VEHICLES HAVE A REVISED LEVEL SIDE CRASH SENSOR THAT COULD DEPLOY THE SIDE AIR BAG IF THE IGNITION KEY IS IN THE "RUN" POSITION AND THE SEATBELT WEBBING IS FORCIBLY EXTRACTED FROM A LOCKED RETRACTOR WITH A JERKING MOTION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SIDE CRASH SENSORS WITH A REVISED DESIGN THAT WILL REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN UNEXPECTED SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 10, 2000.OWNERS WHO THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V179000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2300
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
Mar 07 2000
AN INOPERATIVE WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEM COULD AFFECT DRIVER VISIBILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4.0L ENGINES AND ALL-TIME 4-WHEEL DRIVE (A4WD) POWERTRAINS. THE GENERIC ELECTRONIC MODULE (GEM) COULD EXPERIENCE A CONDITION REFERRED TO AS "LOCK-UP" IN WHICH THE GEM CONTROLLED ELECTRONIC FUNCTIONS (E.G., FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPERS, INTERIOR LIGHTS, 4X4 SYSTEM, ETC.) COULD NOT BE TURNED ON OR, IN SOME CASES IF THE FUNCTION IS ON, COULD NOT BE TURNED OFF.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A RESISTOR IN THE GEM CIRCUIT.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 15, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V072000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 208903
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