We just bought a used 1999 model Ford Explorer XLS. It drove fine for about
2 weeks and since then has been having transmission problems that we can't
get resolved. I am just wondering if anyone can point me to any info on what
the problem is, because we have been told that a few year models of the
Explorers have been having the same transmission problems and that it has
been a widespread/common problem.
(Also my overdrive light keeps going on and off), but the problem is in the
lower gears, the RPMs rev way up and it jumps really bad while shifting. I
mean, in 2nd or 3rd gear the RPM are WAY too high and it makes noises.
Taking off from 0 to 35 mph, you can feel it.
I know nothing about cars so go easy on me-- all I can say is what I have
been told as other people/mechanics guess what the problem could be. I may
not be repeating what they said to me correctly, either...since I don't
know. I'm not a girl who knows anything about cars. Someone said it could be
a problem with a gasket (?) in the transmission- this was checked and it is
not that. I have also heard of people replacing the transmission and it
driving fine for a few weeks and then starting again. Can anyone point me to
research, recalls, or any info as to how to get the proboem fixed
permanently? All I can find are tons of similar complaints but no fixes.
Sigh.....it's starting to look like we shouldn't have bought this model. It
concerns me that even a new transmission won't guarantee the problem will
stop for long.