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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 13
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,493 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Jan 182004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,711 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Number 2 spark plug blew out of the head, damaging the coil and stranding my wife, 2 year old son and my 8 month old daughter.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 251998

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Suspension warning light system malfunctioning ever since the vehicle was new in 07-1998.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 282003

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles
Traveling on the freeway in stop and go traffic at approximately 40-50 mph when one of the spark plugs in the motor exploded out of the head. I spoke to Ford, and they expressed that this is a common problem with the Ford Expedition, that it is probably a casting flaw with the heads, and that a replacement is typical and will cost approximately $3,000 for repair. Aside from being stranded on the side of the road, there was no indicator that this would happen. Research has led me to find that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other Ford owners that have experienced this same problem. Where is the recall?

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 162003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,486 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 1998 Ford Expedition 5.4L engine. At under 50000 miles a spark plug blew right out of the cylinder. Head and stripped the threads. Repairs included a new cylinder head. Ford recommends spark plug change at about 100000 miles. The issue is a defective design of the aluminum cylinder head only having a few turns of thread to hold in a spark plug under compression.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
When driving on the highway, the engine shut down and the headlights went out. The cause was unknown. The consumer felt it was very dangerous.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #10

Jun 292003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,476 miles
My 1998 Ford Expedition blew out a sparkplug from the head while driving on the freeway. Repair costs exceeded $4000. In researching this problem I found not only were there other Expedition with the same problem, it seems that I paid aprox. Twice as much as other simialar repair jobs.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 162003

Expedition

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling on the highway andwithout prior warning spark plug wire disconnected from the engine part, causing a loud poppy noise.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #8

Aug 152003

(reported on)

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When touching the signal switch, the headlights turned off by themselves. Vehicle will be taken to the dealer on 7/10/2003. When the turn signals were used, the headlamp switched on and off. When barely touched, the turn signal headlamp(s) turned off and came back on after touching them again.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #7

Jun 122002

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,495 miles
While driving down the highway one of the spark plugs was blown out of the head. I am waiting to see how the dealership will handle this problem.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #6

May 192003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,202 miles
While driving, blew a #3 spark plug.

- Topock, AZ, USA

problem #5

May 212003

Expedition

  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicles spark plugs blew and caused the vehicle to be inoperative.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 282003

(reported on)

Expedition

  • miles
The tail light and interior lights stayed on after turning the vehicle off and shutting the door.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 012001

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will not start. Also, electrical system failed, making it impossible to open and close doors or windows.

- Brunswick', MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 011998

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle electronics system failed to the 4-wheel drive transmission unit.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Computer card failed. Mjs

- Chino, CA, USA

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