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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Expedition electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 242005

Expedition 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle was parked in front of the residence. Two hours later, vehicle caught on fire. The fire department was called out to extinguish out the fire. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 032004

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in front of the residence. Later that evening, the vehicle caught on fire. The entire front of the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The fire department was notified. The cause was undetermined.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
While driving lugs nuts broke, causing the front right wheel to detach from the vehicle. Consumer was traveling at 70 mph when lugs and nuts broke in the front wheel. Taken to dealership and put the same tire and rim. When consumer left dealership, lights failed to work and experienced shaking in front end. Took vehicle to a different dealership, and found out that the front end was so bad. Dealership replaced shims to align front end. The failure of lights was caused by the repair from the previous dealership because when they took the dash board apart, they poked a hole in the heater which burned the wire.

- Gustine, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102002

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles


1998 Ford Expedition after reviewing all the complaints listed I realized I had experience similar ones for instance spark plug blew out in Dec/02. In Aug./03 the tie rod broke. We have had trouble with 4X4 working or in this case not. When switched in while lifted on a hoist it registers, but when on the ground it doesn't work. Something to do with the weight. Also the door locks no longer work, something to do with a sensor. Interior light stays on in hot weather. And the list goes on.

- Stoney Creek, 00, USA

problem #2

Jul 132003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have replaced the P04 coil three times in the last year.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 101999

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire in the air conditioning compartment due to faulty wiring. The dealer has inspected the vehicle. The manufacture has been notified.

- League City, TX, USA

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