6.1

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$724.00
Average Mileage:
50,924 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (15 reports)
  2. replace the fuel pump (6 reports)
  3. fill the tank (1 reports)
  4. fuel fill neck (1 reports)
  5. fuel gauge replaceed (1 reports)
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problem #24

Apr 122011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Broke down on the way home. Gas gauge read a little less than 1/4 tank. Had it towed for repair to find out it was out of gas. Annoying.

- , Venice, FL, USA

problem #23

Aug 152008

Explorer XLT 4.0L-Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

The fuel tank was never getting filled all the way. If the gauge showed a half tank and it took 9 gallons to fill, you would think the tank is full and that you had an 18 gal. tank esp.when the gas pump shuts off automatically and the gauge shows full. Right? Wrong the fuel tank is 22.5 gal capacity not 18. So the fill neck is getting backed up prematurely causing the pump to shut off and stop dispensing fuel. So the cure is an inspection of the fill neck and vent tube and replace if necc. and replace the fuel gauge sending unit, and yes you have to pull the tank for both of these. Fortunately I'm a Mechanic (Disabled and prematurely retired) so I can do the repairs myself. Otherwise I would lock the truck into 4Wheel D. LOW and drive it up Fords back side. XOXO Ford.

- , South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #22

Jan 012011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Immediately after I had the fuel pump replaced, the first time I filled up for gas the gauge is wildly inaccurate. Mostly shows tank as empty, then slowly rises to actual level, then back down again. Will take to my local mechanic to troubleshoot. The new fuel pump may have been wired wrong.

- , Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #21

Nov 012007

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

they had to pull fuel tank to fix it, glad I didn't have to pay for this one....

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 122011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,900 miles

fuel pump not working fuel gauge does not show ,thanks god had a warranty

- , Astoria, NY, USA

problem #19

Dec 192007

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Every time I fill the gas tank, I wonder if the fuel gauge will accurately show how a full tank or not. It's very inconsistent. Some days it does, some it doesn't. I've heard you can try updates to the computer, but haven't tried to resolve it. It's certainly annoying though.

- , Mayville, NY, USA

problem #18

Aug 202008

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!! THE GAS GAUGE DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. IT USED TO STICK AND THEN IT QUIT WORKING. THAT'S ONLY ONE OF THE MANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS VEHICLE. PROBLEMS FROM THE VERY START AND IT KEEPS GOING. THE PLASTIC AROUND THE SUN VISOR FELL OFF(BOTH SIDES ARE CRACKED), THE LEATHER, SPLIT, THE BACK WIND SHIELD BLEW OUT ON THE HIGHWAY, THE TRANSMISSION SLIPS AND JUMPS IN REVERSE. THE CAR NOW HAS 58,000 MILES. NO MORE FORDS FOR ME. THIS IS THE THIRD EXPLORER AND A NEW EXPEDITION. WE JUST BOUGHT A HONDA. I STILL HAVE THE EXPLORER UNTIL I CAN HAVE SOME EXPENSIVE REPAIRS DONE.

- , Tyler, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 012009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Gas gauge reads low, fill it up with fuel and it takes hours for the gauge to move. One day I get into car and it says I have low fuel, so I take it to gas station. I pump in 5 gallons and its overflowing. Gauge still reads low. Took to dealership and they said they updated PCM to fix it. Worked for a while but still have problems, not as much as I used to. I don't trust the dealership so I wont take it back there and have them muck it up more.

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 162009

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

Engine shifts rough when put in reverse and always takes at least 3-seconds for it to kick in

- , Galveston, TX, USA

problem #15

Mar 122009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,772 miles

I bought my car not even a year ago and it has died 5 times on me already. It's so embarrassing! I always have to call my uncle to help me out with it. I really like my SUV, and it generally runs good but at times it starts messing up. The gauge is inaccurate, i.e. let's say I pump $5 of gas, it will mark that I pumped $10 or $15.

When I let people borrow my car I can't keep track of how much gas I have so I'm scared to drive it unless I pump more gas in it.

- , Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 052009

Explorer XLS V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

I bought this truck in October of 2008 with 21,000 miles on it. Then in January, of course when the 3month warranty was up, the gas gauge started. I would fill up the gas tank then the next day I would turn the car on and it would show that I have no gas in it at all and the check engine light would come on and stays on for days even after the gauge fixed itself. Damn truck will be the last Ford I buy!

- , Hartford, CT, USA

problem #13

Feb 012008

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

I contacted the dealership when my fuel gauge stopped functioning and was told it was not a recall item. I see now that someone else has also had this complaint early on in the ownership of their vehicle. As you can see, I have very few miles on my explorer. It is well cared for and has had not only this problem, but broken visor mounts, and a cracked back door panel at the back window as well. All of which should be recall items. IF WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND SEND OUR COMPLAINTS TO THIS ADDRESS WE MAY GET THE RECALLS WE NEED:

Ford Motor Company

Customer Relationship Center

P.O. Box 6248

Dearborn, MI 48126

- , Clovis, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 242008

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Notice the gas gauge showed low when the day before I filled up. It was cold that morning. I filled up again then it popped back up. A few days later it's shows past the line and the "check gages" light is on. I filled up. seems fine. no lights. really crappy mpg though. I hope it's not a fuel pump problem.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #11

Mar 062007

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I have had the same problem happen with my gas gauge, but now mine gauge will drop to show less gas than I actually have. I went from a half a tank of gas to about a quarter tank in amount 15 miles. This problem coupled with rust, a clunk, an antifreeze leak that I can not find. I think I will just trade it in. All this with only 66,000 miles. First and last Ford I will ever own.

- , Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 122008

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The fuel gauge is not working again. It happened the first time when we had about 30k miles on it and the dealer replaced the sending unit/float assembly (located inside the fuel tank) under warranty. NOw the same issue is happening again. Filled it up with 17gal and it still shows less than a quarter tank and the low fuel warning beep keeps coming on. Maybe by tomorrow it will read half full. Will file a complaint with NTSB and wait for a recall...

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 312007

(reported on)

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,500 miles

2004 EXPLORER XLS, AFTER FILL UP THE GAS TANK THEN IT SLOWLY IS BACK TO FULL ON FUEL GAUGE. I BROUGHT IT TO DEALER AND TOLD THEM WHAT HAPPENED. IT SAID COULDN'T FIND ANY PROBLEMS.

- , Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #8

Dec 172007

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

The gas gauge will not show the correct reading. If it's on 1/4 tank and you fill it up, it might take it a day or two to start showing full.

- , Hixson, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 102007

(reported on)

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6 SOHC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I am having a similar issue with my gauge; I canít really say it only happens when it is cold as now even when it is warm it does it intermittently. I always track my fuel usage and always fill up every time I get gas so it eventually kicks in after about 15 to 100 miles. When it does "kick in" it pops right up to normal. Recently I have stopped waiting till empty to refuel, (I am now refueling at about 1/4 tank left) Seems to be helping. Time will tell.

- , Olathe, Kansas, USA

problem #6

Apr 012007

(reported on)

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

When I fill up, it often takes up to 15 minutes before electronic gauge reads full until then it read - - - - -. Now thats annoying. Whats really bad is that it is also inaccurate. I ran out of gas with it reading 37 miles to empty while towing a boat on the highway. Loved that hike. Dealer says, huh, interesting. They replaced some computer module under warranty but it didn't solve the issue. So now I simply never let it go below 100 miles to empty. Seems a tad bit ridiculous. The only thing worse than no gas gauge at all is an inaccurate one.....

- , Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 182007

(reported on)

Explorer LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

Same as everyone else. The gauge started malfunctioning once it got cold about 4 days ago. Filled tank, slow to register.

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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