2001 Ford Explorer Overview

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Eddie Bauer
5 national listings
Eddie Bauer 4WD
7 national listings
Eddie Bauer AWD
9 national listings
Limited
Limited 4WD
1 national listing
Limited AWD
1 national listing
Sport
Sport 4WD
XLS
12 national listings
XLS 4WD
9 national listings
XLT
15 national listings
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4.15 stars

Based on 8 reviews

Love It by Cheryll
 — has a ton of room, handles great on the highway would not go back to a car love my truck. Use it for towing and with the seats folded holds a ton of stuff. Use it for those trips to watertown would ... Read More
The Exploder by Scott
 — Build Quality: My car is a beast nothing wrong with it. Car Comparisons: I almost got a trans am instead of my explorer Performance: It handles like a a formula one car no complaints More About My ... Read More
Comfy Gas Prices? by Colbyn
 — This truck is smooth on the road. It is very comfy. It just gets bad gas milage. But other than than I love this truck. It has a lot of trunk space also. I would recommend getting this as a first car ... Read More

2001 Ford Explorer Overview

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2001 Ford Explorer

The biggest change for the 2001 Ford Explorer was the spinoff of the two-door Sport trim into its own Sport/Sport Trac line.  While the Sport broke away to court the off-road, farm, and ranch market, the mainstream Explorer line continued to provide solid comfort and safety for families.

Trim choices for the 2001 Explorer were XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited.  The base engine for the XLS was the 4.0 liter, 160-horsepower V-6; the base engine for other trims was the 4.0 liter single overhead cam V-6 with a 205-horsepower output.  A V-8 engine, with an output of 215 horsepower, was optional.

Safety and comfort were both hallmarks of the Explorer brand, and the 2001 model continued to offer these in abundance.  Buyers had a choice of four-wheel drive and real all-wheel drive options; another safety innovation was the Reverse Sensing System, which used sonar to signal approaching objects while the driver was backing up.  

Rack-and-pinion steering and a specially engineered suspension made the '01 Ford Explorer more agile than some of the other competitors for the SUV market.  Gas mileage, though nothing to write home about, wasn't as dismal as for some other sport-utility vehicles of the era: 14-18 mpg city, 19-22 highway.

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Ford Explorer Questions

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How To Fix My No Crank No Start Theft Light Problem

Changed battery and the car started fine, tried to start it this morning and the theft light blinks rapidly and the check engine light is on as well as the battery light. When i turn the key i hear ...

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Anti Theft Light Blinking Fast , Engine Won't Start

Anti- Theft light blinking fast and engine won't start. locksmith tried to reprogram key, since i only have one, but it still does the same thing. Any way to over ride or bypass this system altoghte...

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I Was Driving And It Stalled. I Tried Start It, And Will Start For A Second...

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Where Is The Alarm Reset Button On A 2001 Ford Explorer

the alarm won't let me start the truck

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I Have A 2001 Ford Explore Sport And We Changed The Spark Plugs Because Car...

Was no help neither what could be wrong it is trying to start but won't!!

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