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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 13
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,971 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition engine problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Jan 212006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,985 miles

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

I backed out of a parking space and had my foot on the brake as I shifted out of reverse and into neutral. As soon as I shifted into drive the engine accelerated with great force. I kept my foot on the brake pedal and shifted back into neutral and turned of the ignition stopping the vehicle and avoiding an accident. I measured the resulting tire skid mark from the left rear tire and it was about 9 feet long. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealer on January 23, 2006 for a diagnostic checkup. They kept it overnight and tried to duplicate the unintended acceleration and to check out any possible mechanical defects. None were found and the vehicle was returned with a suggestion to have a vehicle data recorder installed when one was available.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #21

Oct 022003

(reported on)

Expedition

  • 77,000 miles
While vehicle was in park with ignition turned off and with driver standing outside of vehicle and reaching into ignition to take keys out vehicle began to roll backwards and slammed into the pavement, hitting a parked car before coming to a stop.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #20

Mar 042003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The accelerator became stuck, which caused the vehicle to lung forward.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #19

Jan 012002

Expedition

  • miles

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

The throttle in the vehicle started to stick. This happened when the weather started getting cold. When consumer took the vehicle to the mechanics garage, he showed consumer a technical service bulletin (99-25-2) stating that the PCV system may ice up. The accelerator sticks. Consumer would shut the engine off and turn it back on only to have the engine race to about 65 mph. However before consumer would get off the interstate the accelerator would release. Now it remains stuck. Consumer is afraid to drive vehicle for fear of an accident. The consumer was told by the technician that the vehicle was not included in any recalls.

- Black River Falls, WI, USA

problem #18

May 012002

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hesitates/ stalls and kicks back when it accelerates. Problem is intermittents but progressing. Dealer has checked vehicle numerous times, but dealer could not duplicate the problem in order to find the cause.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #17

Dec 242001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Black River Falls, WI, USA

problem #16

May 242001

Expedition

  • miles

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

Consumer was sitting in a drive-thru and had put vehicle in park when it experienced sudden acceleration, consumer states it started shaking and making a loud squealing noise, the brakes did not work and vehicle crashed into a concrete guard post, the airbags did not deploy, consumer suffered a mild concussion, Ford states they can not find any cause for the problem and can not help consumer any further.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #15

Feb 212001

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling into a parking space engine suddenly accelerated for no known reason, almost caused vehicle to run into side of a building. Consumer slammed on brakes and shifted into park.vehicle at dealer shop for inspection. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Marion, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 232000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Engine continues to run after foot is taken off gas pedal, one time the vehicle accelerated up to 85mph...the only way to stop it was to shift it into neutral, when I did this the engine was revving to it's limits. I turned the engine off which meant the power assist to the brakes was no longer working. This seems to be an extremely unsafe thing for this vehicle to do. This was the last time the vehicle did this. After the truck sits for 5-10mins with the engine off it will restart & appear to be normal, however this problem reappeared 5 times in total in the course of a 400 mile trip. The big problem is that this vehicle will continue to run & ib one instance accelerate after the drivers foot is taken off the gas pedal.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #13

Dec 222000

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling 55 mph and when driver was decelerating vehicle started to accelerate by itself, even after brake pedal was being depressed. A second incident occurred two days later. No accidents or injuries occurred. Took vehicle to dealer.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 312000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles

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

Upon re-positioning my vehicle in a driveway, I backed up then attempted to proceeded forward. At this point my SUV suddenly accelerated while my foot was on the brake. Despite standing on the brakes, I took-out the bumper and trunk lid of the vehicle parked in front of me. The accelerator pedal was never depressed

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #11

Aug 312000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Upon re-positioning my vehicle in a driveway, I backed up then attempted to proceeded forward. At this point my SUV suddenly accelerated while my foot was on the brake. Despite standing on the brakes, I took-out the bumper and trunk lid of the vehicle parked in front of me. The accelerator pedal was never depressed

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #10

May 222000

(reported on)

Expedition

  • miles
Upon making a right or left hand turn vehicle surged forward, causing extended stopping distance. Also doors locked and unlocked with operator controlling the door lock button. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #9

Mar 121999

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
The car accelerates quickly when slowly stopping.going into a parking space very slowly when I put on the brake the car accelerated to 3000rpm's I pushed the brake hard, the drive wheel spun and smoked I pulled it out of gear and turned off the ignition to stop the engine does not do it all the time took to dealer not a good response they may think I am nuts??

- Gainsville, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 231999

(reported on)

Expedition

  • miles
When applying the brakes to come to a stop the engine will surge from 2500 to 3000rpm. Dlr has seen vehicle 4 times, still no solution.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #7

May 101999

Expedition

  • miles
While driving vehicle suddenly accelerates.

- Northeast, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 261999

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions vehicle experienced high acceleration while driving. Also, cruise control would not engage/engine check light remained on/vehicle would jerk whenever transmission changed gears, and both odometer/speedometer failed to operate. Dealer notified.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #5

May 201999

(reported on)

Expedition

  • miles
The vehicle will intermittently surge or stall upon acceleration. Dealer has put it on computer, but cannot determine what is causing the problem.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 251999

Expedition

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control experiences intermittent failure.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 081999

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
I have experienced an uncontrolled acceleration when braking to come to a stop with my 1998 Ford Expedition. This has happened 10 times since I purchased the vehicle in September, 1998. The first occurence was on 9/19/1998 and the latest occurrence was 3/01/1999. Intermittently, when pressing on the brake to come to a stop the engine accelerates as if I were pressing on the gas pedal rather than the brake. The degrees of the engine acceleration have varied from somewhat mild to extremely violent. The only way to stop the vehicle is to put the transmission into neutral since the acceleration still pulls the vehicle forward even with my foot on the brake (standing on the brake). This uncontrolled acceleration has always occurred when the vehicle is moving at a very slow speed in the braking process to come to a full stop. Luckily there have not been pedestrians or other automobiles in front of me when this has happened. I have had the vehicle back to the dealership several times concerning this problem. The dealership and Ford have not provided a fix for the problem as of this date. This is an extremely dangerous defect in the vehicle and is a potential killer. All 10 occurrences of the problem happened with less than 4,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Folsom, CA, USA

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