This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. A mild freshening brought some improvements -- and created new annoyances. Ride comfort, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish were behind the times. On the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, and towing capability is strong. Curtain airbags are standard. 
Alerts
There are 2 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
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.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
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.
Road Test

This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. A mild freshening brought some improvements -- and created new annoyances. Ride comfort, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish were behind the times. On the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, and towing capability is strong. Curtain airbags are standard. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (292 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

4WD/AWD components

"Just had front hub/bearing replaced in right front wheel"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
CV joint

"cv joint failed @ 57000, seems far too early"

Gerald D., VA (2010 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"Replace rear differential, leaking. Because the part was so expensive had to get a used part"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Seals failed, oil leaked and required replacement."

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"WATER IN THE DIFFERENTIAL THROUGH BAD AXLE SEALS. HAPPENE TWICE IN SIX MONTHS OF NORMAL DRIVING"

Ralph T., ID (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"began grinding noise was replaced under warranty at around 47000 mi"

Ben W., WA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Defective grease seal"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Grease seals failed and was leaking fluid from both axles on differential"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"axle seals needed replaced due to leaking differential fluid"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Seals failed, oil leaked and required replacement"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"both front wheel bearings replaced"

Theodore K., NC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Grinding noise from front axle along with leading. Replaced seals on both under extended warranty, costing us $100 copay"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Front wheel bearing failed"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"See comment above"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"We would randomly hear sounds of grinding when the explorer would shift, maybe once in a month. Then one day I was driving home and it made a loud grinding sound and where it sounded like something just completely broke. Explorer had trouble getting into gear, drove it straight to dealer and had it fixed under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The electronic board/system that controls the mixing of hot or cool air located under the dash."

Bob J., OH (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Stability control broke causing car to not move. Required $690 to repair"

Michelle O., NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"ABS Computer Control Unit. Replaced $1,110.00 Repair total"

Anonymous, PR (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Traction control

"Eleven months ago we were near a small town in Northern Wisconsin. The problem showed up suddenly. The traction light came on. The vehicle was braking all by itself. I limped to the nearest service garage. The person said it would take days to diagnose and repair. I removed the fuse to disable the traction feature. I drove home this way without a problem. Took vehicle to my normal service station and they determined it was a bad wheel bearing. They replaced the bearing and all is well since."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 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

"A/C compressor had to be replaced. Believe it was due to faulty bearing."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Went out at 90,000 . Wasn’t covered. Cost 1000.00 to replace"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"the compressor quit cooling"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"A gear in the A/C system catastrophically failed sending metal shavings throughout the entire HVAC system, causing damage to several components of the system, which needed to be replaced"

Trey J., PA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"dash knobs that select air distribution would not change air to outlets"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger side of dual system acts on its own sometimes. Will blow heat when AC should be on."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Belt issue. Difficult to repair due to access. Will have to remove dash"

Lane F., NS (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Intermittently, the passenger side climate control will spontaneously switch to max heat, regardless of the settings on the console"

Daniel C., OK (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower stops working when going uphill, then turns on again when going down hill, or foot pressure is taken off of the accelerator"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"One of the motor fan speeds does not work"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Needed a new fan motor"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Engine fan was not shutting off. Had to repair or it would have burned out"

Michelle O., NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"major job to replace---must remove dash"

Gerald D., VA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"when switching from heat to cool air the flap or door clicks for a long time, it will eventually switch"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Heater system

"Quick fix - the door needed to be replaced that switches from the heat to the air. It was stuck. Apporx 300.00"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Blend door not functioning"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"air was blowing warm when ac was selected on dash controls"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"thermostat caused coolant leak"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"they had to replace some kind of hose for ac and something about the fuel cap area"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

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

"Felt slight steering wheel vibration around 60 mph. Dealership first claimed it was unable to reproduce the vibration. Second trip to selling dealer - they claimed it was only a wheel alignment Third trip to local dealer - tire balance was wrong"

James M., NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Worn lower ball joints on front wheels"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Bushings

"Bushing has been replaced twice in 15 months. Second repair was covered by a warranty. Mechanic said it's a common problem on this model"

Anthony B., MA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Fluid was leaking on top of the engine. Several parts needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump and rack and pinion had to be replaced"

William A., CO (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks were rusted solid in place. Replacing them used lots of extra time."

Joseph H., MB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Right rear strut developed a leak and had to be replaced (past warranty repair)"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"One rear strut failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"rear shock replacement"

William A., CO (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced the rear struts because of leaking"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Torsion bar connecting bolts broke due to rust."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced left hand tie rod. Boot torn and grease leaking."

Anonymous, MO (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Dealer says lower steering shaft may be getting tight, but not necessary to replace at this time. Customer to monitor"

Jim E., BC (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Local dealership correctly diagnosed problem after two unsuccessful attempts with selling dealer under warranty coverage. Local dealer found tires were not balanced properly and corrected it which fixed the problem"

James M., NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearings needed to be replaced as they were making a grinding type noise"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Front bearing had to be replaced in 2017. The same bearing had to be replaced in 2019: but was thankfully under warranty. The SAME wheel had to have the bearing replaced last month."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Bearings failed causing sensor to make it undriveable until repaired"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Right front wheel bearing was too worn and had to be replaced in order to pass state safety inspection"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Car made a loud grinding noise and stopped - had to be towed. Problem happened twice. Once for each side."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"I had to replace the right front bearings. After a few months the ABS system started acting up (growling) when braking. I had to replace the bearings again because the sensor was not reading properly."

Robert B., AZ (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The "Service Engine NOW" alarm goes off randomly. The computer says it was the speed sensor on the right front wheel. It was replaced, but the condition continues, sporadically. Sometimes several times a day, sometimes not occurring for several weeks."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Noticed while washing it that the brake rotors were not being scored evenly. Had the brakes checked within the week and found that the brakes were almost gone and that the rotors needed to be replaced. Had also noted that my stopping distance had increased. Don't drive the Explorer a lot except when pulling my boat which puts extra strain on the brakes."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Brake pads were warped and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NM (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced rotors and pads myself. $500 in parts."

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced rotors and pads myself."

Peter M., BC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Front rotors and pads wore unevenly. Rear brakes ok"

Mitchel M., TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"caused by the parking break"

Theodore K., NC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"I experienced the problem in 2019 when the Explorer was 9 years old. To my knowledge the rotors had never been replaced before. I believe it was normal wear; especially since I trailer a 3,000 lb. boat with this vehicle."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced rotors and pads. Routine wear."

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Brakes pads and rotors needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Wore unevenly"

Mitchel M., TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front grill chrome plating delaminating."

Ronn R., CO (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Purchased extended warranty on the paint and when I needed paint repair ford refused even though I was within the time frame"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Paint on roof on both sides is cracking and peeling along entire roof resulting in rust."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"paint does not seem to hold a shine no matter which products I use. it is not garaged and the black has a dull fade along with many minor scratches. The paint will scratch so easily that fingernails grasping the door handles have left terrible scratch marks"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on roof along the groove on both sides cracked and failed. According to body shop, it is due to expansion and shrinking material along the two grooves for the full length of the vehicle and it is a manufacturer defect"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Rust

"front passenger lower door rust, only one. several bolts rusted in tailgate"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Rust on and around rear tail gate, fender areas"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Rust along bottom edge of rear door"

Murray S., AB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Rust forming in a wheel well"

Lane F., NS (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Rear hatch door - about 5 spots of early corrosion below paint. Repainted - 50/50 Goodwill split with Ford for the cost, slightly past paint warranty. Due to improper prep of metal before original paint applied??"

Linda F., ON (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

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

"There is a design flaw dealing with the cowl. There is no way for water to drain out of the passenger side under the cowl. The water back flows under the windshield where it is not sealed. Caulking with clear silicon will fix this issue"

Robert W., OH (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator leak. Had to replace radiator"

L W., TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger side window leaks air"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver door and front passenger door both whistle when driving on the highway at highway speeds. The hatch window when heavy rain leaks into the inside of the window. Driver rear passenger door has weather-stripping replaced due to leaking during heavy rain."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Wind shield whistles Passenger door sounds like there is no stripping"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"It seems to get noisier all the time. Guess we need to have it looked at"

Maureen C., OR (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Inside passenger door, remove trim and lubricate to stop"

Jamie-Kellie F., MO (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"noisey ride"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer 4.6-L V8)
Wind noise

"driver's window does not seal completely and must be opened slightly to reduce wind noise. Other owners of this vehicle report the same problem and solution."

Stephen W., CA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Since purchased used, there has always been wind noise that seems to originate in the rear of the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2010 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)

"check engine light indicated problem with gas tank vapor recovery system, but a system check revealed no problem. Mechanic could not separately locate any problem. Engine check Light remains on."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"I don't recall the exact issue, but cost about $ 500.00"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"engine stalls if overfilled"

J H., FL (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Ford extended warranty due to known problem (13N01), confirmed coverage applies, but refused to reimburse for repair expense. The fuel inlet assembly crumbled, leaking gasoline to the environment and damaging the fuel pump and lines. Luckily, the filter protected the injectors and engine"

Daniel C., OK (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The fuel gage sensor is in the fuel tank so they have to remove the rear seat and lots of labor to replace it . About 700.00.. other warning lights come on when there isn’t a problem. Shifter light only works in the day time when head lights are on or off but not at night."

Anonymous, ID (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"sensor failed when vehicle had only about 24000 miles on it. Dealer told me it was OK to drive in this condition as it only affected the catalytic converter warming up quickly."

Stephen W., CA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Own 2 2010 Ford Explores, both have codes reading PO 193 a faulty (bad) fuel rail sensor. Both cut out out while driving and the check engine light stays on. Having to have both repaired."

Danny A., TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 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

Gear selector or linkage

"truck got stuck in drive would not go into park"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Would only shift if I let my foot off of the gas. Like shifting a manual transmission"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission would slip at different times. It seem that in happened more frequently when the vehicle was cold."

Leonard W., LA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Minor external sensor leak"

Max H., IA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"My key stuck in the ignition and would not come out. The dealer had to replace the entire shifter stating that the safety devise that prevents you from pulling out the key while the car is in gear had failed. The bill was $600.00!"

Robert B., AZ (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"A warning light came on and we were told a solenoid was failing and needed to be replaced to avoid damage to the transmission. The Ford dealership did the repair for $1,100. My Wife purchased a policy to cover repairs when the car was purchased and i"

Bill B., FL (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Very hard down and up shift"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 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

CD player

"Unit locked up and became inoperable and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"CD player would cycle between discs on start-up"

Nick M., AR (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"Relay unit to engine computer had to replaced. Car was inoperable."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"More than likely my not understanding how to set it correctly, I'm sure it really works fine which is why I haven't taken it in to get it done. I just use my phone."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Voice commands ceased to operate so I have to control the system with my iPhone"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Software update fixes

"Check engine light on, diagnosed as computer issue, recommend replace computer."

Anonymous, LA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Check engine light. Purchased code reader on Amazon. Error code indicated coolant sensor fault. Purchased sensor at auto store for about $20. Installed and reset engine code with code reader. Problem solved. Passed emissions testing and inspection"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The thermostat housing was defective which cause the antifreeze to leak slowly thus causing the overheating. This was fixed under the powertrain warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Overheating

"See my first response"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Thermostat

"Temperature gauge indicated overheating"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

"This is the second water pump that has been replaced. Apparently the design allows the front panel to vibrate loose. This Ford has the tow package and is used to tow our Recreation trailor. The water pump went out the first time when we were towing and the second when I drove 40 miles to a meeting. No overheating until the car just stops."

Anonymous, (2010 Ford Explorer Unsure 4.6-L V8)

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

"Driver side door hinges are creak,noisy"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Glass defects

"windows have scratches from sliding up and down into the door well. was told just cheap glass Ford was using. tried to have factory recall or fix under warranty. ford would not do anything. annoying and has never happened with any other vehicle. dealer cleaned door well but ... glass is still scratched"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Experienced issues with door locks not unlocking during winter preventing doors from being opened as well as door latches not catching resulting in door opening while driving and parked."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"We had to buy a replacement tailgate and latch Could not buy new With paint, R&R was very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Tailgate pops open for no reason about once per month"

Murray S., AB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 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

Clock

"Display dim on the edges, making entire display hard to read"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Driver side fog / driving light (not headlight) quit working. Bulb replacement did NOT resolve issue. Issue appears to be caused by electrical short. No other lighting components appear to be affected. Issue is currently unresolved."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Partial back light failure of the Speedometer and Tachometer"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Warning lights come on when there isn’t a problem. Shifter light only works in day time with the head lights on or off but does not work at night when I need to know what gear I’m in."

Anonymous, ID (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"rusted shaft, took motor and fixed myself"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Tensioning pulley's bearings failed and the pulley and bearings were replaced. The bearings got noisy but did not fail so the vehicle did not become inoperable."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Numerous oil leaks, $1300."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Front and rear axle gear boxes"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Rear axle seals. Minor leak. Replaced under warranty"

Glenn W., ID (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed while towing small trailer. Transmission was not repairable. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Started shifting unexpectedly and they replaced it"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"Torque converter failure. Transmission rebuild. $2000.00 Total repair cost"

Anonymous, PR (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The transmission was rebuilt in 2014 and then rebuilt again in 2016 and then a new one put in in 2017"

Ronald G., MD (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The Catalytic converter went out and had to be replaced at 80,000 miles"

Chad P., TX (2010 Ford Explorer 4.6-L V8)
Other/unsure

"freezing of various functions, which seems to happen when car is trying to deal with navigation, Bluetooth phone at the same time"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"I lose signal in certain spots"

Frank A., CA (2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

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)

"Was not recharging."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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