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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 18
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,697 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 engine problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Nov 282004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer's 1998 Ford Expedition caught on fire while parked in the garage.

- Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 212005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
Vehicle was taken into a shop for checkup, and during that time. It caught on fire unexpectedly. The shop was unable to determine a cause, but seemed to be a similar problem to the current investigation of ea 05-005 of the speed control switch fires.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 162005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My son was driving the 1998 Ford Expedition and had engaged the cruse control. The cruse control went out of control and reved the engine up to in excess of 8000 RPM. He was on a highway and was able to shut off the car and roll to a stop. When he started up the car again in park, the car automatically went up to the 8,000 RPM until he shut it down.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #5

Jan 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The truck was parked inside of a parking lot and it caught on fire. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed. Fire was caused by a faulty cruise control deactivation switch.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in the parking lot while the consumer was at work. The coworker alerted the consumer that the vehicle was on fire. The fire was put out, however, the vehicle was totaled. This vehicle was not included in the cruise control NHTSA recall 05V017000.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 022004

Expedition 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in the garage and consumer smelled smoke. Consumer went to the garage, and upon arriving noticed the vehicle had been on fire and smoldered out.. vehicle would not steer. Aaa towed vehicle repair shop, and mechanic determined that cruise control switch wiring burned, along with fuse and brake light switch.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 062004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
While the vehicle was parked it caught on fire, on its own. The fire department extinguished the fire. The consumer believed the fire was a result of a defective cruise control deactivation switch.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 212004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
Recall campaign 05V017000 concerning cruise control fire. Vehicle was parked in the driveway when the neighbors informed consumer that the vehicle was on fire. The fire department responded, and the vehicle was totaled. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Houston, TX, USA

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