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2011 Ford Explorer



  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited November 2011
    Bah, you guys have no imagination. :P

    Oh well, there's always Quigley for when I win the lottery.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..But not much good for 4WD.."

    The Toyota Sienna Minivan has the same F/awd system, mechanically, as does the new Ford Exploder. Can't say about the Sienna's firmware control of the F/awd system, it might be better...or worse.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
  • If it had sliding doors it would be a minivan. And my wife would have a broken heart over it. I don't think Ford has anything with sliding doors anymore save for maybe the Econoline/E-Series. Freestar was killed off after what, 2007? Even the GM "minivans", the Traverse/Acadia/Enclave, they have regular opening doors. Although at the low end of the crossover/wagon/SUV/minivan range, even the little Mazda5 has sliders.

    I like it the way it is. I do wish the power tailgate could be ordered on the base model, though. But with the wife's wishes, a Limited or 205A XLT hunting we will go.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I have a 2012 Limited, and highly recommend it. Wonderful road car. Excellent mileage in town, good on road too, if you drive slow, if you push it to 85 like I do, you only get 20mpg. But you'll get 18.5 in town easy. That's 5 more mpg than my 07 Explorer got.
  • I think I may have damaged my electrical system during a jumpstart on my 2001 Ford Explorer. My battery was completely drained, While jump starting my vehicle my gauges(rpm) were flickering. This led me to believe i had overflow into my system. My transmission has gone from perfect to shot, along with a few of my electrical systems being on the fritz.

    Advice please.

    Is it possible to have transmission problems due to this?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    edited January 2012
    Not unless you damaged the PCM itself which is unlikely. I'd try disconnecting both battery cables for a few minutes and touching them together before reconnecting to reset everything.

    It's also possible you have a bad battery and/or alternator so get that checked also.
  • Its possible since your transmission is electronically controlled, however, I've never done anything "special" when jump starting my old 2001 Expy. I know some manufacturers recommend things like turning on the rear defroster to help "absorb" any possible surges during jump starting, but I've never done that with my Expy and never had an issue. And if you're seeing issues with several electrical systems, Its possible you may have messed up your General Module which controls things like HVAC, lighting, radio....among others.

    Hope this helps a little.
  • Anyone know when the 2013 Sport will be released? Website says "fall"....
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Probably as soon as Ford figures out a fix for the F150 intercooler condensation problem.
  • Please elaborate...
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Please don't.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    I'll second that.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706

    F150 ecoboost intercooler fix
  • bigmclargehugebigmclargehuge Posts: 377
    edited September 2012

    Wwest Ford Ecoboost

    ... and prepare for a riotously good time. :P
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    7 different forums on just the first page.

    wwest - why such hate??
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    I did the search...found a forum where you were arguing the turbo's BOV.

    It didn't seem to have a resolution...or be as entertaining as you insinuated.
  • There were many people in the 1980s who criticized Chrysler putting turbochargers on the 2.2 and 2.5 engines instead of offering a V6 engine. It was a better solution than the 2.6L Mitsubishi engine which I believe they were able to stop use of by 1986 or so. Eventually by 1987 they offered the 3.0L Mitsubishi V6 until they came out with the 3.3L V6 in what, 1990? They produced the 3.3L engine until 2009? Chrysler waited until they could get it right.

    Ford had a turbocharged, carbureted, 4-cylinder Mustang in the early 80s. They also sold turbocharged Escorts for a SHORT time in 83-84. The Mustang SVO, a very SWEET car, was a 2.3L Turbo with fuel injection from 84-86. Ford used this setup in the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe in 83-88. It was the sole engine for the Merkur XR4Ti. Then they stopped using the Lima 2.3L and had a Mazda 2.2L Turbo in the first gen Probe GT. And barring diesel pickup trucks, that was it from 1992 to now. Ford WAITED until they could get the turbo RIGHT. And it is right, and maybe it'll need some intercooler issues fixed. Maybe it will need some fine tuning. Either way, I'm not crossing the 2.0L EcoBoost off my list because it gives me what I want and need. Excellent mileage, good power, quiet operation.

    Turbochargers make an engine more efficient. PERIOD. It is a complicated, expensive, and some say dirty way to go about it, but if a 140hp 2.0L 4-cylinder engine can have a turbo added and make nearly another hundred horsepower without sacrificing durability, why wouldn't you do it?

    The same goes for the 250hp 3.5L V6 engine, if adding the turbo adds an easy hundred hp's, why not? It's better than suffering crap city mileage with a V8 under the hood.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    My direct manager just (last week) purchased an F150 FX4, but avoided the Turbo 6 because of his 80's experiences with turbos. He said he just didn't trust them, especially long term. His last F150 was 10+ years and over 330k miles so longevity is key with him.

    I drove the 2.0 in the Explorer and thought it was great. There was no indication that it was a turbo or only a 2.0l 4cyl...
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,028
    2011 Explorer AWD XLT carrying 4 people and luggage, 444 miles.
    Not the highest average mpg per fill up, but still got 24.4.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Does anyone have any knowledge in regards to a problem with the front end on the Ford Explorer? My 2011 Explorer Limited has a popping/bumping noise in the front passenger side. I have been told, by a Ford dealer, there is a problem and Ford doesn't know how to fix, however, I've been trying to research this issue and not finding any information. I've owned my 2011 Explorer for two years and love it. I've had two repair recalls, one a Sync upgrade and one on the Cooling system fans, otherwise it's been standard maintenance until this problem. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 2013 Ford Explorer but want to know if this issue has been resolved in the later models. Any suggestions on where to get answers to my questions?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I/ve had a 12 for 15 months now, no such problem, I don't think anybody with a 12 has had that issue, so I believe it's indemic to the 11's only.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,028
    How many miles are on your Explorer?
    I also have a 2011, but don't think i have that noise.
    Just went over 23k.
    I saw your post, so I've been listening for something similar.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • I have a 2013 Ford Explorer XLT. Today I noticed a popping noise when accelerating from a stop going forward and in reverser however is sounds like the trans mission.
  • Currently I have 37,000 miles on my Explorer but the noise started before I had 30,000 miles. This problem still has not be resolved.
  • tdbmdtdbmd Posts: 20
    We have a 2011 XLT with about 24k miles on it now, bought it new. Great highway ride/drive and I continue to be impressed with the mileage. About 18.5 in town and 23-24 mpg on the highway at interstate speeds. Just did a 75 mile trip this weekend on 2 lane highways and averaged 25.4 mpg.

    I have also been impressed with how well the snow setting on the AWD system works in our snowfalls here this winter. I didn't think the Michelin tires would be up to it.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,028
    Although I just traded my 2011 Explorer, I was very impressed with the comfort and mileage.
    In the worst snow storm I have ever driven in, couldn't see anything for about 45 minutes, it never slipped up once.
    It was in normal AWD the whole time because I forgot it had the terrain settings. :blush:
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • I work from home so my 2 year old 2011 Explorer has only 14,000 miles on it. I recently started noticing a metallic pop/click whenever I shift into reverse, sometimes into drive as well. The heavier the load on the engine, as in backing uphill makes the noise a little louder. Sounds like something flexing when the engine torques back and forth. Took it to the dealer today and of course I could barely get it to make the noise there, but the guy did here a slight click. I'm thinking the noise may be where the exhaust header meets the exhaust pipe as there is usually a flexible connection there to allow for engine rotation in FWD vehicles. We'll see what they come up with....
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