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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
200,632 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Expedition brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #3

May 172016


  • 199,000 miles


While driving down the road at approx 35 mph, the vehicle in front of me stopped hard. I immediately stepped hard on my brakes. The brakes initially applied and then failed. I swerved into a parking lot and applied my brakes again with no success. My brake pedal went to the floor. I then put the gear selector in park while moving at a fairly high rate of speed in order to stop. The vehicle ground to a halt. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility and I was notified that the brake line was rusted and due to the pressure of attempting to stop hard, the line ruptured and the entire braking system failed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 182012

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 117,831 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that when attempting to stop the vehicle the brake pedal went to the floor. The contact mentioned that he had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. Also, the contact stated that the hydraulic brake fluid leaked from the vehicle because the brake lines had rusted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was told that all of the brake lines had to be replaced. The failure and current mileage was 117,831...updated 01/30/13 updated 2/4/2013

- Pittsburgh, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 282012


  • 285,066 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 285,066.

- Danville, IL, USA

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