The Explorer is a midsized SUV that shares its underpinnings with the larger Ford Flex, a car-based vehicle we have praised for its ride, comfort, quietness, and space. The Explorer has its good points, including a roomy, practical interior, a third-row seat that's actually usable, and generous cargo capacity. It also has a steady and compliant ride and respectable fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 7 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.
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.
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.

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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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
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

The Explorer is a midsized SUV that shares its underpinnings with the larger Ford Flex, a car-based vehicle we have praised for its ride, comfort, quietness, and space. The Explorer has its good points, including a roomy, practical interior, a third-row seat that's actually usable, and generous cargo capacity. It also has a steady and compliant ride and respectable fuel economy.

Ultimately the Explorer falls short of the best in this competitive class. The engine is a little noisy, handling is secure but lacks agility, and the driving position is flawed.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
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
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (280 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"SYNC and Android Auto continually not work. The dealership was unable to fix it. FORD tech line was also not able to fix the problem."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Apple CarPlay

"Sync 3 Update caused Apple CarPlay and Waze to display incorrect speed"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Occasionally, both the front and rear cameras don't work...just get a blank black screen. Sometimes shutting the Explorer off and then back on will reset the cameras to work; sometimes not. No codes show up when technicians try to figure out what's wrong, so they haven't been able to find a permanent fix for the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CD player

"I use the CD player daily, but over the past few months the discs have been harder and harder to load and play. Often I have to reinsert the disc 4 or 5 times until it finally plays. Since I am almost at the end of my lease, I have not taken in to dealership for repair as I know they would need to pull the whole system for repair."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Cameras freeze and does not display what is in front no matter how many times you push the front camera button"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the display, and the whole system, crashes while the vehicle is in motion. Does not seem to affect any of the vehicle controls. To reset the vehicle needs to be stopped, shut down, and a restart initiated. Sometimes it takes a dozen restarts to get system working again. Ford says they cannot troubleshoot unless the vehicle is experiencing the problem what at the Ford service center."

Richard V., NC (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Problem unknown?. Wouldn't do it again at the dealership"

Laura H., MI (2017 Ford Explorer XLT)
Display screen goes blank

"Happens very intermittently but the screen will go black and may or may not come back on while driving. Sometimes you have to turn off vehicle and restart"

Ernest B., FL (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"I believe the problem is related to previously mentioned difficulty. Touch screen stopped working, and the system performed random actions all by itself"

Laura H., MI (2017 Ford Explorer XLT)

"in-dash control screen blanks out-leaves no electronic control of navigation, climate control, bluetooth phone connection, audio controls, etc"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The Ford Sync3 system appears to not be robust. A major controller for that saws replaced at the dealership."

Jason G., AK (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"vehicle would not operate my Sony MP3 player via bluetooth, despite both car and player being listed as recognized by each other"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Map Databse was about two years behind reality when new. Worse now. Don't even bother to use it anymore. Ford needs to pay up for up-to-date map database. Google Maps on my phone does a much better job in many ways."

Richard V., NC (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It is a 2017 and there is STILL no update available. It is 2019."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Explorer)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I purchased an unlocked iPhone 7 plus. I use Straight Talk. My phone synced perfectly when I purchased the vehicle (with Sync 3) in June 2016. Since January 2017, my Explorer will not sync with my iPhone. I am unable to utilize hands-free calling (the law in my state). I am only able to, intermittently, listen to my iPod or iPhone. I have met with Service Technicians at three different dealers since the problem surfaced. I have taken my phone to other new vehicles at the dealerships (including a loaner 2017 Escape, a 2018 Mustang and another 2018 Explorer). Both my devices worked perfectly in those vehicles. Unfortunately (and infuriatingly) the dealerships claim that they were unable to generate an Error Code. And without it they can do nothing. So I'm left with vehicle that, although equipped with, Sync3, phone and bluetooth, I cannot legally use to make phone calls while in motion nor listen to music (unless in range of an AM or FM station). All this pleasure from my $50,000 2018 Ford Explorer, which Ford states, is not compatible for someone owning an unlocked iPhone 7 plus, using Straight Talk (I understand to be one of the most popular service providers in the nation) or an iPod Classic. Each of them worked perfectly well in my 2012 Explorer's (much maligned by you) My Ford Touch system. So, I have a nearly new 2017 Ford, under warranty, with an entertainment system (costing over $1700) that is nearly useless to me for its intended purpose."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone fails to pair even when connected with usb."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"When starting the vehicle, the phone conects and frequently dials 0. It doesn't resut in anything more than inconvenience, but it should be fixed."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Sync2 (your favored system, although MyFord Touch was much more reliable and offered more features) would not pair with iPhone, iPod or iPad nano."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recently the car failed to recognize my phone via bluetooth even though both were listed on the in-dash screen. had to reboot and re-pair phone to car"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"vehicle occasionally doesn't recognize phone via bluetooth even though there is an icon on the in-dash screen and the phone is open and ready. must try several times to re-pair phone and car systems, after waiting sometimes minutes or hours"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Routine software updates

"Trouble with getting phone to pair with blue tooth to get update"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"A message indicating that the system can search for nearby wifi networks always comes up when the car is started and must be closed in order to view the screen. I have changed the settings to turn off this notification but it persists."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Explorer)
Speakers

"One of the woofers in the Sony sound system blew."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"tuning controls on steering wheel would freeze up. Voice controls would freeze as well. Computer module has been replaced twice"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"they fixed the it's not a recall recall"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I had to take the Explorer in for a service bulletin because of leaking exhaust. The repair was free but the area around where the repair took place looks awful. The plugs in the bottom of the rear door where glued in place and the glue ran around the plugs and is a eye soar. The rear door does not close as well after the repair either."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"RECALL: carbon monoxide leak"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"WHEN THE ACCELERATOR WAS PRESSED DOWN, IT SEEMED THAT THERE WAS A SMELL INSIDE THE CABIN."

Stark S., FL (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Smell in car and dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"when you let off the accelerator at highway speed the cabin interior smells of exhaust. We had this checked under warranty and the dealer said the intake for the interior air was located too close to the exhaust. If that is the case that is very poor engineering. Other than that the vehicle has been real good so far"

David T., FL (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"If you accelerate over 3500 rpms the cabin smells like rotten eggs, is terrible. Will take it to the dealer next week"

George F., PR (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"It does not cover the area my 2013 Explorer did."

Anonymous, NE (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"Recall due to possible exhaust gases. No defects identified."

Anonymous, WV (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-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

"The cover on the left/driver is rear view mirror fell off (or was knocked off, don't know). Easy fix but for paying for the new cover."

Darwin B., FL (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Piece of door trim fell off"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Tim on the luggage rack came loose and Ford had to replace the piece on the drivers side"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Crack in plastic trim by back side window. Repaired by ford dealer under warranty."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint bubbling up on leading edge of hood"

Jeff K., TX (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Poor paint quality. Drwall brush removed paint to bare metal"

Teresa W., KS (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on tailgate defective at time of taking ownership. Dealer very proactive to have tailgate repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rust

"Paint on hood bubbling. Hood was replaced and painted. Seem to be alot of Explorers with this issue. Heard there are contaminants in the aluminum for the hood"

Jeff K., TX (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"The door posts were never painted in the paint booths at the factory in Chicago. I actually revived 2 different new Explorers with this problem. It took $4000 worth of repair work to fix the second one."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"The Electronic pad on the driver door flew off on the freeway. We would here a flapping noise like paper rattling from time to time, but could not find out where it was from. When the panel flew off it also caused a electronic glitch and caused to lift gate to NOT open up anymore, even manually."

Albert R., CA (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The door jams and doors were not painted properly, the finished paint (black) was applied too thin and you could see the white primer. This actually happen on 2 completely different new 2017 cars. The first one I took back and got another the second was not as bad and the dealer fixed"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"The fit on the sun roof is sloppy and noisy"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Hydraulic arm broke off."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Hatch malfunctions using the remote control and the dash control,won,t open, hesitates, stop, etc."

Kenneth K., MI (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on tailgate from production plant had area looking like a large drip. Dealer very proactive to have tailgate repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The finished (black) paint was also thin around the tailgate jams"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"right rear brake light assembly had to be replaced as an entire unit. Cost $650 plus labor. Covered under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"left rear turn signal light bulb went out"

Roderick W., CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers side seat lumbar self activates and heater doesn't heat to same temperature as passenger side. I would like to give input on the 2014 Grand Cherokee also. Worst vehicle I have ever owned. At under 40Kmiles I have had to replace the alternator, repair the trans cooler lines, $1000, Repair the power steering system, repair the gas filler door, and replace the oil pressure sensor switch. In addition there are three factory recalls one of which took two years for Chrysler to have parts available."

David P., CO (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver seat heat stopped working. It required 3 visits to Service, with 3 different repairs, to get it working. Dealership was very cooperative but situation was extremely frustrating for me. They finally got it working but by then winter was over here in Michigan!"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"Panel on drivers side door that houses the key strip for keyless entry came off while traveling down interstate."

Ernest B., FL (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Warning system make sfunction"

Teresa W., KS (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When you accelerate the rpm hang very high as vehicle gains speed"

Marvin M., NV (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rough shifting at low speed."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"As I said before the transmission rpms stay quite high and the vehicle doesn't move into another gear unless you release some throttle pressure"

Marvin M., NV (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"There was a seal in the transmission that failed and caused it to leak. It was fixed under warranty."

Shane P., NV (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Both the drain plugs on the transmission and transfer case were loose and leaking"

Paul H., MI (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-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 was making a loud whinning sound when on"

John T., CA (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor seized"

Zach W., FL (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"The rear area ceiling vents stopped blowing air."

Roderick W., CA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Evaporator

"A/C wouldn't cool even on LO setting. The air felt muggy an heavy. Vehicle taken to dealership, and at first thought freon was needed. When that didn't work, car was kept almost 3 weeks as whole system was dismantled and evaporator was found to be issue."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"heated seat failed on passengers side."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Rear brakes were completely shot by 20k miles, which caused a roadside breakdown incident. Ford would not cover them under warranty because they are consumable products, even though they admitted they were prematurely worn down."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"New front brakes"

Tony C., NY (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"Needed new rotors"

Tony C., NY (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rotors

"Rear rotors were completely shot at 30000 miles. Pads were still serviceable"

Gilmore M., NY (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The passenger side, right rear window was not installed properly and leaked water into the passenger area of the car when it rained. The vehicle is under warranty, and the Ford dealer replaced the window at no charge to me."

Scott S., NC (2017 Ford Explorer Base 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"HIGH SPEED RATTLE IN WINDSHIELD FRAME...HAD SAME PROBLEM IN MY 2013 FORD EXPLORER"

Ray L., TX (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Some type of rattle coming from the passenger side dash, glove box area. Seem a vehicle with under 22K should have issues like this."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"It's got wind noise around windows"

Tony D., TX (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-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)

"Battery failed 2 years and 1 week after purchase"

Zach W., FL (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery needed to be replaced when Polar Vortex came and killed the battery. Battery only 3 years old"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford Explorer Sport 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Battery went dead after two days of bringing car home. I had told service dept. that the red indicator was showing when I bought the car. Some tech checked it out and told me battery was good. I argued to change battery, but they wouldn't. So two days later when it died I jumped and took it to a different Ford dealer. They changed it no questions asked. They are now my new, if needed service dealer."

George F., NJ (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-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

Power steering leaks

"front end made noise when turning, happened after 4 months! documented issue w explorers"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to replace the rack an pinon unit because of the noise/thud it was making."

Steven L., CA (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tie rods

"IT WAS A RECALL FROM FORD MOTOR CO. AFTER I HAD DISCUSSED THAT I WAS FEELING A LOT WONDERING MOTION AND UNCONTROLLABLE STEERING"

Christine G., MD (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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)

"FACTORY RECALL...FIXED BY DEALERSHIP"

Ray L., TX (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"there where like 2 other notices that i remember them fixing when we took it in for the oil changes. They where mandatory fixes from the company.."

Albert R., CA (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This vehicle is a LEMON which neither Ford or the dealer would replace. Instead they replaced componutes but there are still problems like transmission slippage at high speeds. I will not buy another Ford product."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wasn’t shifting properly. Replaced clutch inside the transmission."

Steven L., CA (2017 Ford Explorer Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"gear shifting for a $52,000 V-6 engine is terrible"

Anonymous, NV (2017 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"A few drops in the garage, once oil was changed and I told them about it, it seems to have stopped.....maybe the drain plug gasket"

Kevin G., AZ (2017 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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