We'd travel from below sea level to above 8000 feet in elevation, explore some…. This should not be happening with an eight year old vehicle. Mechanic told me sounded like transmission was gone and it would be 2400-2600 dollars. Transmission are supposed to last longer than 71,000 miles. The contact drove onto the emergency lane and was able to restart the vehicle it recurred. The failure mileage was 62000 and the current mileage was 62010. After revving the engine a couple of times the transmission engaged.
I took the Explorer to the Ford dealer where the Explorer was purchased and exclusively serviced since when I bought it new in July 2003. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 111,000. We did not mistreat this vehicle in any way. Won't accept responsibility for their design flaw. The engine was running higher rpms than usual, especially when accelerating from 0 to 30mph. I called Ford Customer Care and they said that there was no recall nor could they assist me in any way to get it repaired. I continued to have problems, on and off, and now have over 89,000 miles on vehicle, and it is happening more and more.
This is definitely a safety issue, as the total failure often happen with no warning. Driving for 40 years, never had transmission problem. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the transmission needed to be replaced. My next car will be a Chevy, Ford has 6 vehicles on the Worst list here, Chevy has none. The o-rings are also available separately.
There was probably some guy in a dark suit with a serious brow and the weight of the world on his shoulders posing a weighty question to the group assembled before him. Source Bloomberg News article by Keith Naughton. I continued to have problems, on and off, and now have over 89,000 miles on vehicle, and it is happening more and more. When it does shift, the force almost throw me out of the seat. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the transmission needed to be replaced. Transmission shop was nearby were I was at so I drove this way for about 2 miles. Additionally, I was surprised to find out how wide spread the issue is.
The failure mileage was 62000 and the current mileage was 62010. The dealer was informed about the failure and they stated that the bands in the transmission are shot and will have to be replaced. Kept having problems shifting out of reverse, and finally, 3-8-04, and again, 9-13-04, and was told by dealer the problem was not valid, and would eventually go away, with no damage to vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. It is a scary situation.
They would not acknowledge that this is a persistent problem with 2003 Explorers. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the transmission was rebuilt. We will really only know once we get the codes scanned. I was able to pull over at a gas station, found out I had no reverse, and vehicle would only drive forward if I shut engine off, restart put in gear drive for a hundred feet or so, and repeat process. Transmission shop was nearby were I was at so I drove this way for about 2 miles.
The contact turned the vehicle off and upon restarting it, the vehicle began to function normally. What signs can you look for when it comes to transmission failure? I found later Ford did not do the work a local transmission shop did. . I always took my vehicle to dempwolf for servicing, and to try and get the transmission problem rectified. Ford knew of this problem with the transmissions on the 2003-2004 Explorers. Those are the only 2 shifts that he can get.
The vehicle has only 54,000 miles. They haven't opened it up yet. Did some research, hundreds of complaints on internet pertaining to this transmission. I have never received any recall notice regarding the transmission, either from Ford, or dempewolf, the dealer. Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. Spread the word, the only thing they will understand is getting hit in the pocket. The vehicle otherwise drives great.
This is a safety issue and a consumer rip-off!. This put me in the interstate with no power as the gears weren't shifting. It's borderline treason for an American company to sell vehicles this bad to Americans. In reading other complaints, the common theme is an issue with the transmission roughly 50,00 miles or lower. Take care of my vehicles. They told me that I have no 2nd or 5th gears, int.