2003 FORD EXPLORER VIN: 1FMZU62K73UC09564

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Make

FORD

Manufacturer Name

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, USA

Model

Explorer

Model Year

2003

Plant City

LOUISVILLE

Series

XLS

Vehicle Type

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE (MPV)

Plant Country

UNITED STATES (USA)

Plant Company Name

Louisville

Plant State

KENTUCKY

Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1D: 5,001 - 6,000 lb (2,268 - 2,722 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Drive Type

4x2

Brake System Type

Hydraulic

Engine Number of Cylinders

6

Displacement (CC)

4000.0

Displacement (CI)

244.09497637892

Displacement (L)

4.0

Engine Power (kW)

156.5970

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Valve Train Design

Single Overhead Cam (SOHC)

Engine Configuration

V-Shaped

Fuel Type - Secondary

Ethanol (E85)

Engine Brake (hp) From

210

Other Engine Info

FFV

Engine Manufacturer

Ford

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2003 FORD EXPLORER Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

2003 FORD EXPLORER Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 1FMZU62K73UC09564

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

November 12, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10385208
Consumer Location: HIGH RIDGE, MO
VIN: 1FMZU62K73U****

Summary of Complaint

CRUISE CONTROL OFTEN TIMES "TAKES OFF" AND DOES NOT HOLD THE SPEED AS SET. I HAVE LOOKED DOWN AT THE SPEEDOMETER SEVERAL TIMES TO FIND MYSELF GOING WELL BEYOND 85MPH - AFTER SETTING THE CRUISE CONTROL AT 60. I HAVE TO DISENGAGE THE CRUISE CONTROL FOR MY VEHICLE TO STOP CONTINUOUSLY SPEEDING UP. THEN, THERE ARE TIMES WHERE THE CRUISE CONTROL DOES NOT ENGAGE AT ALL. THE GREEN LIGHT WILL COME ON, BUT THE SPEED WILL NOT HOLD. IN THESE INSTANCES, MY SPEED ACTUALLY DECREASES.

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 01, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10239534
Consumer Location: DENHAM SPRINGS, LA
VIN: 1FMZU62K73U****

Summary of Complaint

SEVERE REAR END NOISE HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. REAR DIFFERENTIAL NOW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS THE DEALERSHIP WILL NOT WORK WITH ME ON THE COST OF THESE REPAIRS. I HAVE ALSO HAD A SENSOR REPLACED TWICE AND IT IS NOW BROKEN AGAIN. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

December 20, 2003
NHTSA ID Number: 10093063
Consumer Location: MURFREESBORO, TN
VIN: 1FMZU62K73U****

Summary of Complaint

I PURCHASED A NEW 2003 FORD EXPLORER AS A GIFT AND I NOTICED SEVERAL DAYS LATER, THAT THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG COMPARTMENT HAD STARTED A SINKING , APPEARANCE IN THE COMPARTMENT AREA THAT HOLDS THE AIR BAG, IT WAS QUESTIONED AND I WAS TOLD IT WAS JUAT SETTLING. AS THE SINKING WORSEN, MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD, I QUESTIONED IT AGAIN, AND WAS TOLD THE SAME THING AGAIN. NOW THE AIR BAG COMPARTMENT HAS STARTED SINKING BADLY AND THE COMPARTMENT IS NOW BUDGING OUT TO THE POINT WHERE YOU CAN PUT ALL YOUR FINGERS UNDER AND IN IT. THE BAG CAN DEPLOY AT ANY TIME NOW. IF THIS SHOULD HAPPEN ALL OF A SUDDEN AND IT WILL, IT WILL CAUSE A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT, POSSIBLE DEATH IF THE SUDDEN FRIGHT CAUSE THE DRIVER TO GO OUT OF CONTROL. MY DAUGHTER SAID THE AIR BAG WAS BEGINNING TO FRIGHTEN HER AND SHE AGAIN ATTEMPTED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE AT THE DEALERSHIP SERVICE DEPARTMENT IN WHICH THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED FROM, AGAIN SHE WAS TOLD IT WAS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, AND THAT THE CAUSE SEEM TO BE ELSEWHERE, YET IN FACT IF THE ISSUE HAD BEEN ADDRESSED WHEN I FIRST BROUGHT IT TO THEIR ATTENTION,IT WOULD HAVE BEEN COVERED. I HAVE CONTACTED FORD CORPORATION, AWAITING A RESOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IMMEDIATELY BEFORE AN ACCIDENT OR DEATH ARISES FROM THIS ISSUE.*AK

Components: STRUCTURE

March 18, 2004
NHTSA ID Number: 10063479
Consumer Location: DEERFIELD BEACH, FL
VIN: 1FMZU62K73U****

Summary of Complaint

WATER LEAKED INTO THE VEHICLE ON THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR. THE DEALERSHIP INSPECTED THE VEHICLE MANY TIMES AND COULD NOT DUPLICATE OR CORRECT THE PROBLEM. *AK *SC *JB

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

November 01, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 11439076
Consumer Location: ALLENTOWN, PA
VIN: 1FMZU73W73U****

Summary of Complaint

Head lights are cloudy given poor visibility. Back hatch door has a crack.

Components: WHEELS

October 25, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11438348
Consumer Location: PITTSBURGH, PA
VIN: 1FMZU72K53Z****

Summary of Complaint

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25-35 MPH around a curb, the driver thought that the tire was flat. The contact pulled off the road and noticed that three of the wheel studs on the driver’s side rear wheel had sheared off. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and it was confirmed that the studs had sheared off and that there was also a fractured wheel stud on the passenger’s side rear wheel. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

Components: ENGINE

October 16, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11437065
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FMZU63K03Z****

Summary of Complaint

Hello my name is [XXX] just writing you cause my neighbors have program my vehicle meaning they hack my 2003 explore pretty much they want to take over my driving they trying to dominate me in this matter when in reality is not going to be possible that's why I come to your people's corporate plus they have invade my family privacy they have a gang organization watching me every where I go had few confrontation they just want me to confront them so they could put me in jail this is not going to happen i apologize for the inconvenience I told police regards this matter they didn't do nothing about it . INFORMATION Redacted PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

August 03, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11432965
Consumer Location: SMITHVILLE, MO
VIN: 1FMZU77E83U****

Summary of Complaint

drivers side rear brake line developed a hole caused by the emergency brake cable rubbing against it causing all the brake fluid to leak & the brakes failed. Fortunately my husband was driving on our rural road & not out on the main highway. We have not been able to get it repaired yet.

Components: AIR BAGS

June 13, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11421035
Consumer Location: TEMPLE, TX
VIN: 1FMZU67E23U****

Summary of Complaint

The driver was driving down the expressway and her back tire blew out causing her vehicle to spiral out of control and the vehicle then flipped and started rolling downhill, the vehicle airbags did not deploy in the vehicle at all. The driver and her mother are in critical condition. Yes, the safety of others safety was put at risk. I did contact Ford Manufacturer on her behind of the airbags and they said there is nothing they can do for her with the vehicle being totaled out. But my main problem is why these airbags did not deploy. The vehicle is going to be inspected by her insurance company here in the next few days. There were no prior lamps, messages, or anything that would have indicated that the airbags were defective.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

December 30, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11385770
Consumer Location: ROUNDUP, MT
VIN: 1FMZU70E93U****

Summary of Complaint

WAS CLOSING BACK HATCH AND GLASS WINDOW LITERALLY EXPLODED! VEHICLE WAS PARKED IN MY YARD.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

December 15, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11289611
Consumer Location: DELEVAN, NY
VIN: 1FMZU70E83U****

Summary of Complaint

THE TRANSMISSION IS SHOT I CANT PUT IT IN GEAR AND ME AND MY HUSBAND WERE ALMOST KILLED BUT WERE ABLE TO PUT IT IN 2ND GEAR TO ROLL IT TO THE SHOP. THE 4WHEEL DRIVE GOT STUCK IN 4 WHEEL LOW AND WOULD NOT SHIFT AT ALL. WHEN WE TURNED THE CAR ON IT WOULD REV UP TO 5 BUT ONLY GO 2 MILES AN HOUR.

Components: SUSPENSION

November 25, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11282492
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FMZU63K63Z****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE WHEEL DETACHED DUE TO THE CONTROL ARM BEING CORRODED. THE CONTACT CALLED ELDER FORD (777 JOHN R RD, TROY, MI 48083, (248) 825-8646) AND WAS ADVISED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. THE VEHICLE WAS LATER TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE METAL OF THE UPPER CONTROL ARM WAS NOT A GOOD METAL; THEREFORE, THE CONTROL ARM WAS CORRODED THROUGH AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED AND WAS NOT TAKEN TO A DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 150,000.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 02, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11240999
Consumer Location: GREENVILLE, FL
VIN: 1FMZU67E33U****

Summary of Complaint

TAKATA RECALL .. THE SMELL OF FUEL INSIDE THE CAB AND OUTSIDE IS REALLY BAD. IT'S MAKING ME SICK AND GIVING ME HEADACHES. THE TRUCK DOESN'T RUN RIGHT AND THE MILEAGE IS AWFUL.

Components: STEERING

July 05, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11230578
Consumer Location: OSCEOLA, IN
VIN: 1FMZU77E33U****

Summary of Complaint

SHIFTER BROKEN INSIDE STEERING COLUMN. STOPPED AT A GAS STATION WHEN PUTTING INTO PARK IT BROKE. HAD TO KEEP MY FOOT ON BRAKE PADDLE FOR 2 HOURS UNTIL TWO TRUCK ARRIVED

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING AIR BAGS VISIBILITY/WIPER

July 01, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11230012
Consumer Location: WILLINGBORO, NJ
VIN: 1FMZU73K03U****

Summary of Complaint

"TAKATA RECALL" AIRBAG LIGHT KEEPS BLINKING WITH THE SEAT BELT NOISE. CHANGED THE LIGHT BULB FROM THE DASH BOARD AND NOW THE AIRBAG LIGHT STAYS ON BUT WILL NOT CONNECT WITH MILEAGE.

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

January 20, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11180771
Consumer Location: COLFAX, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

2003 FORD EXPLORER. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARD TO DEFECTIVE THROTTLE IN MODEL VEHICLE. *AS *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

February 10, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11176591
Consumer Location: ARLINGTON, TX
VIN: 1FMZU67EX3U****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION, MOVING THROUGH AN INTERSECTION ON A CITY STREET AND INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. NO AIR BAGS DEPLOYED AT ALL.

Components: ENGINE

October 26, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11145326
Consumer Location: PARK CITY, UT
VIN: 1FMZU64KX3U****

Summary of Complaint

ENGINE STOPS WHILE DRIVING (STALLS IN MOTION WHILE TURNING ON STREET AND HIGHWAY) RESTARTS WITHOUT PROBLEM, HAS HAPPENED TWICE NOW 30 DAYS APART.

Components: STRUCTURE

September 01, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11143472
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FMYU60E63U****

Summary of Complaint

BODY MOUNTS DETERIORATED CRUMPLED.BODY DOWN ON FRAME CAUSING IRREGULAR RIDE CONTROL

Components: SUSPENSION

February 28, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11132611
Consumer Location: DEFOREST, WI
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

2003 FORD EXPLORER. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARD TO MALFUNCTION TO COMPANY'S REAR WHEEL BEARING. *AS *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

August 30, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11123495
Consumer Location: LINCOLN, NE
VIN: 1FMZU73K63Z****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. WITHIN A MONTH OF OWNING THE VEHICLE, AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC STATED THAT THE BRAKE SYSTEM NEEDED SERVICING, INCLUDING THE ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED BY A DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED AND HAD NOT ISSUED ANY BRAKE SYSTEM RECALLS; HOWEVER, THERE WERE TEN TSBS FOR THE BRAKE SYSTEM. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: SEAT BELTS

March 14, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11115327
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: 1FMZU62K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

THE PROBLEM THE SEAT BELTS DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH TENSION TO RETRACT CONSEQUENTLY GETTING ON THE DOOR LOCK MECHANISM, CAUSING THE DOOR NOT TO LOCK, TO STAY OPEN UNSECURED ALSO DAMAGING THE SEAT BELT, IT DOES NO HAVE A WAY TO INCREASE THE TENSION WHICH IT SHOULD HAVE. IT DAMAGED MY DOOR SEAL, MY LOCK MECHANISM AND THE BELT TOO.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

May 03, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11115331
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: 1FMZU62K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

THIS SUV'S ARE GETTING HOT DURING THE TEXAS WEATHER, WHY ARE NOT INCLUDING A SOLAR FAN INSTALLED TO KEEP THE AIR CIRCULATING IN THE SUV, TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING WHY ARE NOT ADDING THE SYSTEM ???

Components: STRUCTURE

January 03, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11115329
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: 1FMZU62K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

REAR WINDOW LOWER PANEL PLASTIC CRACKING UP, REPLACED THREE TIMES, STILL CRACKING DUE TO NO SUPPORT AND BENDING TOO MUCH, I CALLED FORD DOES NOT CARE IF CONTINUES CRACKING UP, IT LOOKS UGLY ALSO PANELS CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENT TO OTHER CARS GETTING INTO THEIR WINDSHIELDS LOOSE PARTS. THEY KNOW ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND NOT FIXING IT.

Components: VISIBILITY STRUCTURE

June 02, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11101848
Consumer Location: CHARLOTTE, NC
VIN: 1FMZU70E73U****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. WHEN ATTEMPTING TO CLOSE THE REAR WINDOW, THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT THE REAR LIFTGATE WINDOW HINGES WERE CRACKING AND WERE TILTED ON ONE SIDE. THE CONTACT, A CERTIFIED MASTER TECHNICIAN, STATED THAT THE WINDOW NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT CALLED FORT MILL FORD AT (866) 680-5276 (LOCATED AT 801 GOLD HILL RD, FORT MILL, SC 29708) AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN ANY RECALLS. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND REFERRED THE CONTACT TO NHTSA. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 133,000.

Components: ENGINE

January 20, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11091125
Consumer Location: FALL RIVER, MA
VIN: 1FMZU73W13Z****

Summary of Complaint

EXHAST MANAFOLD HAS CRACK IN IT AND SCREWS CAME LOSE AND FELL OUT WIHICH CREATED FUMES IN CAR.

Components: AIR BAGS

February 22, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11074711
Consumer Location: WASHINGTON, NJ
VIN: 1FMDU85W03U****

Summary of Complaint

ALL SIDE AIRBAGS DEPLOYED WITHOUT ACCIDENT. DEPLOYMENT HAPPEND WHILE MY WIFE AND 4 YEAR OLD SON WAS IN THE VEHICLE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30-40 MILES PER HOUR DOWN A STRAIGHT ROAD IN LONG VALLEY NEW JERSEY. THIS ROAD IS SMOOTH, LEVEL AND FREE OF POT HOLES ETC. UNABLE TO SEE BECAUSE OF THE DOWNED AIRBAGS AND SMOKEY DUST LIKE MATERIAL FROM THE AIRBAGS SHE PULLED OFF THE ROAD AS BEST SHE COULD.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

January 08, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11064391
Consumer Location: HENDERSON, NV
VIN: 1FMZU73K03Z****

Summary of Complaint

WHENEVER WE ARE DRIVING IN THE CAR, MY WIFE AND I GET DIZZINESS AND NAUSEA. MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER SAY THERE IS AN EGGY SMELL SOMETIMES. MOSTLY, NO ODOR BUT AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF DIZZINESS ONLY WHEN WE ARE IN THAT CAR TO THE POINT WE AVOID DRIVING AS MUCH. THIS HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR YEARS. I THOUGHT IT WAS A SEAL ISSUE CREATING A WEIRD PRESSURE INSIDE THE CAR UNTIL IN MY RESEARCH FOR A SOLUTION I CAME ACROSS NEWS STORIES ON CARBON MONOXIDE IN OTHER FORD EXPLORERS.

Components: SUSPENSION

January 03, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11064418
Consumer Location: ORAN, MO
VIN: 1FMZU77E33U****

Summary of Complaint

WE HAD PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE BOUT A YEAR AGO AND WHEN WE GOT IT WE WENT TO GET TIRES AND FRONT END ALIGNMENT AND THEY ENDED UP REPLACING UPPER ND LOWER BALL JOINTS, CONTROL ARM AND SWAY BAR ON PASSENGER SIDE.THIS WAS 6/20/2017. IT WASN'T MAKING ANY NOISE UNTIL 1/3/2018. I WAS GOING DOWN CITY STREET AND SOMETHING POPPED AND THEN IT STARTED ROARING. IF YOU PUT IN 4WD IT ROARS LOADER AND JERKS. 1/23/18 REPLACED DRIVERS SIDE WHEEL HUB AND BEARINGS. IT STILL ROARS WHILE ACCELERATING SPEED BUT NOT AS BAD IN 2WD BUT PUT IN 4WD ITS REAL LOUD AND JERKS YOU . I HAVE DONE RESEARCH ONLINE FOR THIS YEAR MODEL SPORT TRAC AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE SEVERAL COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS SAME ISSUE. EVERYTIME GET ONE THING FIXED ON FRONT END SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS TO IT. YOU CAN DRIVE IT BUT IF YOU GET OVER 10-15 MPH THE ROARING GETS WORSE AND IT LOCKED THE THE WHOLE WHEEL UP AND JERKED THE TRUCK TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 22, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11063921
Consumer Location: DES MOINES, WA
VIN: 1FMYU60E83U****

Summary of Complaint

CAR HAS AN INTERMITTENT PROBLEM AND WILL STALL AND BOTH HIGH AND LOW SPEEDS, OR WHEN IDLING. WHEN THIS HAPPENS AND POWER ASSIST FAILS, IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO STEER OR TO BRAKE POSING A SERIOUS RISK TO SAFETY. THIS FIRST STARTING HAPPENING ABOUT ONCE A WEEK LAST NOVEMBER, AND NOW IT'S PRETTY OFTEN. STOPPED DRIVING THE CAR, EXCEPT TO TEST DRIVE AS WE'RE TRYING TO FIND THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM. WE THINK IT'S EITHER THE FUEL OR VACUUM SYSTEM AND ARE CONTINUING TO NARROW DOWN THE PROBLEM. I AM NOT SURE IF BRAKING WILL WORK AT ALL WHEN IT FAILS, AS FORTUNATELY IT HASN'T STALLED GOING DOWNHILL. I PUT ALL MY STRENGTH INTO BOTH BRAKING AND STEERING (I'M A PRETTY STRONG WOMAN) TO GET IT TO SAFETY. IT MAY SIMPLY BE STOPPING DUE TO INERTIA.

Components: ENGINE

December 22, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11057370
Consumer Location: BENTON HARBOR, MI
VIN: 1FMZU73K03Z****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH, THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE INCREASED TO HIGH AND THE VEHICLE CAUGHT FIRE UNDER THE HOOD WITHOUT WARNING. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. THERE WERE NO INJURIES DUE TO THE FIRE. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE LOCAL DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 160,000.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

November 28, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11053967
Consumer Location: SPARTANBURG, SC
VIN: 1FMZU70E33U****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE WAS PARKED WHEN REAR WINDOW EXPLODED AFTER DOOR CLOSED. SHARDS OF GLASS FLEW OUTWARD

Components: SUSPENSION STRUCTURE

September 04, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11033833
Consumer Location: LAKE ELMO, MN
VIN: 1FMDU67EX3U****

Summary of Complaint

THE CAB TO FRAME MOUNTING BOLT BUSHINGS, AND STEERING STABILIZER BUSHINGS ARE HAVE AND ARE CRUMBLING. ALL NEED TO BE REPLACED. I FEEL FORD IS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM AND SHOULD HAVE TO FIX IT. I JUST INHERITED THIS TRUCK AND JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

September 21, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11030614
Consumer Location: SIMS, NC
VIN: 1FMZU73K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

BROKEN GEAR SHIFTER

Components: STEERING POWER TRAIN

August 16, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11021498
Consumer Location: ROUSES POINT, NY
VIN: 1FMZU73K33Z****

Summary of Complaint

SHIFT LEVER BROKE OFF INSIDE STEERING COLUMN OF MY WIFE'S EXPLORER WHEN CHANGING FROM PARK TO DRIVE TO EXIT FROM A BOAT LAUNCH RAMP WITH NO BOAT ON THE TRAILER. VEHICLE WAS TOWED ON A FLATBED WRECKER TO MY GARAGE. BROKEN ELEMENT ( SEE PHOTOS) WAS NOT REPLACEABLE BY ITSELF. STEERING COLUMN HAD TO BE REPLACED. THIS WAS NOT NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR, BUT RATHER A FAULTY /WEAK COMPONENT THAT REPRESENTS A DANGER. I HAVE NOTED REPORTS OF IDENTICAL INCIDENTS ONLINE. THUS FAR, NEITHER THE DEALER NOR FORD NATIONAL "CUSTOMER SERVICE" IS PREPARED TO REIMBURSE.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

June 18, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 11015716
Consumer Location: CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL
VIN: 1FMZU73K43U****

Summary of Complaint

I CONTACTED FORD REGARDING RECALL WITH THE LIFT GATE. THERE WAS RECALL IN 2004 FOR MY VEHICLE THAT WAS TAKEN CARE OF IN 2005. IN 2016 THE SAME THING HAPPEN WHERE THE LIFT GATE BOLTS BROKE AND THE GATE FELL AND THE GLASS SHATTERED ALL OVER ME. I WENT THROUGH MY INSURANCE COMPANY AND GOT IT REPAIRED. AT THE TIME I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS RECALL I BOUGHT THE CAR USED SO I HAD NO IDEA OF THE CALL. FORD TOLD TO CONTACT A DEALER THE DEALER SHOP MANAGER TOLD ME FORD WILL NOT REFUND MY DEDUCTIBLE SINCE THEY REPAIRED IT UNDER THE RECALL. ALL I WANT IS MY 250 BACK BECAUSE THE SAME THING HAPPEN THAT THEY SO CALLED REPAIRED. IS THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN ASSIT ME. I DO HAVE MY BILL FROM THE REPAIR SHOP THAT MY INSURANCE STATE FARM TOOK CARE OF. THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED I WAS CLOSING THE LIFT GATE WHEN IT FELL DOWN AND GLASS SHATTERED.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

August 01, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11012296
Consumer Location: NEW BRITAIN, CT
VIN: 1FMZU72K83U****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 10 MPH, THE VEHICLE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING AND CRASHED INTO A DITCH. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AND A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT AND FOUR BYSTANDERS PUSHED THE VEHICLE INTO A RESIDENTIAL DRIVEWAY. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO A DEALER. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 108,412.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

May 17, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 11011326
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: 1FMZU62K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

GREETINGS THE PROBLEM THE CABIN NOT WELL SEALED FROM ANY FUMES PLUS THE A/C DOOR INSIDE TO KEEP THE AIR RECYCLE FALLING OFF NOT WELL SECURE CONSEQUENTLY GETTING FUMES FROM THE OUTSIDE AND ALSO I CAN SMELL THE CABIN IN THE MORNING WHEN I GET INSIDE FROM EITHER OIL LEAKS AND EXHAUST BURNS, IT NEEDS ATTENTION PROMPTLY SINCE FORD DOES CARE OR GET CONCERN ON ANY PROBLEM. IT HAS BEING HAPPENING MORE SINCE 2006 AND ALSO THE TRUCK INSULATION IT IS BAD SINCE MOST COLD WEATHER PENETRATES THE CABIN WHEN YOU DRIVING YOU CAN FEEL THE AIR COMING IN. IT NEEDS TESTING AND RECALL, IT HAS BEING INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF FUMES COMING IN FROM THE OUTSIDE OTHER TRUCKS. YOU MAY HAVE TO DO THE FUME SMOKE TEST HOW MUCH IT GOES INSIDE THE CABIN.

Components: WHEELS

July 13, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11005182
Consumer Location: ORCHARD PARK, NY
VIN: 1FMZU72K93Z****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER. WHILE DRIVING 55 MPH, THE LUG NUTS BECAME DETACHED FROM THE REAR PASSENGER WHEEL, WHICH CAUSED THE VEHICLE TO SHAKE VIOLENTLY. THE CONTACT PULLED THE VEHICLE OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WAITED FOR A TOW TRUCK. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE FAILURE OCCURRED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION AND INCLUDED ALL OF THE WHEELS. THE CONTACT PREVIOUSLY REPLACED THE LUG NUTS ON ALL OF THE WHEELS. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT CONTACTED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 140,000.

Components: STRUCTURE

May 10, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10984673
Consumer Location: SAND COULEE, MT
VIN: 1FMZU72K73Z****

Summary of Complaint

AWOKE THE MORNING OF MAY 10, 2017 TO FIND THE ENTIRE BACK LIFTGATE AND WINDOW EXPLODED OUTWARDS AND INWARDS OF OUR FORD EXPLORER. THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED IN FRONT OF OUR HOME, WE ARE RURAL, SO NO EVIDENCE OF SOMEONE PURPOSELY BREAKING IT. OUR SHERIFF IN CASCADE COUNTY, MONTANA, STATED IT APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING INTERNAL PROBABLY THE LIFT STRUTS EXPLODING. THIS SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM AS STATED ON MANY ONLINE SITES, AND MANY FORD EXPLORERS HAVE THIS PROBLEM. THIS PARTICLAR MODEL VIN NUMBER DID NOT SHOW UP AS RECALLED, ALTHOUGH WE SIT HERE LOOKING AT THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THIS PROBLEM. WE WOULD APPRECIATE SOMEONE LOOKING INTO THIS, AS IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE AND PROVE TO BE VERY DANGEROUS IF THIS VEHICLE WERE BEING DRIVEN WHEN THIS EXPLOSION OCCURED. PLEASE CHECK INTO THIS ASAP.

FORD EXPLORER Sold

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