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Stop Build Issued For Certain 2023 Ford Explorer SUVs

Although The Blue Oval has been able to boost overall vehicle production over the past year or so, supply chain issues have not been completely stamped out. As Ford Authority previously reported, Ford CFO John Lawler himself stated that things have not completely returned to normal, and last year, Ford CEO Jim Farley said that supply chain issues may become a permanent issue for the company. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case as it relates to the 2023 Ford Explorer, as sources explained that stop build orders have been issued for the SUV.

Due to supply chain issues seemingly related to wiring harnesses, certain combinations of the 2023 Ford Explorer will no longer be built. As a result, a stop build was issued on August 14th for ST-Line, King Ranch, and Platinum vehicles without the Class IV Trailer Tow Package, as the company cannot build them at this time. Additionally, a stop build has been issued for Limited 300A SUVs with the Class IV Trailer Tow Package for the same reason. Finally, a third stop build has been issued for Platinum rear-wheel drive SUVs.

Scheduled orders for 2023 Ford Explorer variants impacted by any of the stop builds will be changed or cancelled starting today. Dealers will need to add the Class IV Trailer Tow Package to all existing ST-Line, King Ranch, and Platinum orders that have not been scheduled, plus future orders as well. Unscheduled orders for Limited 300A equipped vehicles will need to have the tow package removed entirely. Explorer Platinum orders for rear-wheel drive will need to be cancelled and resubmitted to include Intelligent 4WD and future Platinum orders will need to include four-wheel drive too.

Aside from the latest issue with 2023 Ford Explorer production, a separate issue with the 360-degree camera has impacted the lineup as well. Currently, many examples of the 2023 are sitting on dealer lots due to a stop-sale, as a remedy for the recall is not yet available, although the automaker says a solution will be available soon.

We’ll have more on the Explorer soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news, and for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. CrabbyMilton

    They keep up with this stupidity they won’t have to worry because they will go out of business with thumbs fully implanted in their butts.

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  2. Andrew

    Talk about killing the once golden goose. This is a joke!!

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  3. Chris

    Toyota is not having any of these issues, Ford’s failed CEO said so himself. Toyota is leading in all categories because they refused to focus on EVs that stats show Americans don’t want.

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  4. Papi Gil

    Ford CEO Jim Farley, McDonald’s is hiring! They might bring you in as Head burger maker. This is based upon your management experience.

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    1. masb1955

      Actually, it’s Jimmy “Hardware Store” Farley. No problem, just a P.S.A.

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  5. Bill Byrne

    GREAT comments could not say it better, I have had fords since I was 17 in 1974 a new gran torino elite, 30 plus since, no longer. waited 19 months for a maverick. not a sound from ford along the way- we now have a hyundia santa cruz base SE and a Kia soul. happy so far !!

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    1. masb1955

      Congratulations, my friend; and best of luck. Great minds think alike.

      Reply
  6. Shockandawe

    Furd, the hits just keep on coming!

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  7. P g Patel

    Can we send ford managers to Tokyo and have a training session with Toyota management and learn why they don’t have any of these issues with Toyota.ford management should learn automobiles manufacturing technology from Japan.

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    1. masb1955

      Seoul might be a better choice.

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  8. Mrx19

    The pandemic has been over for almost two years. Find some new suppliers. Does Farley go out of his way to create negative thoughts about his own company?

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    1. masb1955

      Yes!

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    2. The Retired Viking

      Find new suppliers or find new excuses. GM is settling down and building complete vehicles. Same with the Chrysler division of Stellantis.

      Ford is hopeless.

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  9. masb1955

    In the name of GOD, can someone please explain to me how the Ford family and the board of directors can keep Jimmy “Hardware Store” Farley on the payroll? My three year old great grandson could do a much better than this dope.

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    1. Mf

      Big banks want them to push EVs. Big banks are typically the largest shareholders of companies like this. This, the CEO and board are controlled by them. He’s doing what they want him to, running the company into the ground and fumbling around like a buffoon making an EV switch seem like a way to build more vehicles.

      It’s a shame, explorer is one of the best products on the market, but has been plagued by mismanagement.

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  10. Michael K

    Ford’s issues with Explorer are definitely unique to the industry at this point. I’ve never seen such a plagued product in the modern era. They may eventually sort it out, but after 4 years of ongoing engineering and supplier issues that only seem to be accelerating in severity, it’s time to consider an accelerated phase-out of the CD6 cars and either transfer Explorer to the EV, or just put it on hiatus.

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    1. masb1955

      Can’t figure out the CD6 thing. Please elaborate. Thank you so much!

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      1. Michael K

        Explorer and Aviator are based on a platform called CD6 which has been plagued by engineering problems.

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    2. Mf

      I don’t think the issues are platform related, they’re management related. They’re the result of a supply chain group that accepts failure. They’re the result of a software team where “we tried” is good enough. They’re the result of bean counters saying “you can switch to this cheaper part” and nobody pushing back. They’re the result of a supply chain pushing for the lowest cost parts and not caring about the quality of those parts. And they’re the result.fo a workforce and design team that’s just been beat up for so long that they don’t care.

      Explorer has SO much potential. It’s an fantastic platform, and has the capability of being a more modern version of a do everything vehicle, with good space, towing capacity, fuel economy, and performance. It’s a shame that they can’t get their management of this product figured out, because they have all the pieces in hand to build a great product.

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  11. masb1955

    They’re not sitting on the lots due to a stop-build order; it may be possible that nobody wants to buy this crap, anymore. I apologize if I offended anyone (no seriously).

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  12. Westly Martin

    Let me get this straight, this is over 2 separate ‘wiring harnesses’, that are dependent on the vehicle options? How dumb can they be? Usually, all vehicles share the same harness, and if a vehicle doesn’t have that option, nothing is plugged into that port. Sounds like they need to streamline their parts production and get it down to one harness.

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    1. Mf

      They’re probably trying to save cost with a smaller harness. There is a point where extra raw materials costs more than you save with the reduced complexity.

      The real question is, why on earth are they not able to convert the harnesses hey do have to continue production.

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  13. Colleen Juarez

    Ford needs to build a better product, these Explorers have been junk, since they came out. Transmission skip gears, the transmission fluid drains down into the motor into the pistons into the oil pan kills your motor. Ford don’t want to know anything and that’s there problems, they don’t want to fix it. Fix it than the second motor does the same problem. Plus 15 recalls on my Explorer.I will never buy a ford again.

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    1. jim

      So VERY frustrating!! I am curious to what engine are you referring to? Im asking because I ordered an ST about 2 months ago, and am now having second thoughts

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  14. Tom

    We had the same union people, to the same factories, using the same resources going to the same products prior to CoVid. OK, you had a semi conductor issue; but it takes 1 to 2 yrs to create semi conductor infrastructure; should no longer be a problem. Can’t find workers? I don’t know any union person not willing to work with their great benefits and over paying job. Resources? Still the the mill. What’s the issue? 1%er Word salad. Excuses. B%^*hit.

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  15. Robert Davis

    Ford should contact Denso, a US wiring harness company. They likely can gear up and build to order spec any harness needed. But tis is a non-import company so Ford likely won’t consider

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    1. Jimbo

      Yes but they would have to be the lowest bidder on the part in order to get Fords business. We can see how that policy is working for Ford. The board of directors need a mental evaluation

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      1. Mf

        Usually the issue is supply chain leaders. Their organization is supposed to cut costs, and they do this by getting the lowest bidders. Not the lowest cost to use suppliers, who builds good parts and is always on time, the lowest purchase price supplier.

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  16. Shockandawe

    Furd will need another bailout in 2 years!

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