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2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,678 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 fuel system problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 102014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Upon inspection of the underside of my vehicle while changing my oil, I observed that the rear strap of my fuel tank had rusted through on one side and was no longer securing my fuel tank in place. I have since purchased replacement fuel tank straps and upon researching guidance for replacing the straps, I found many articles online regarding a fuel tank strap recall for 1997-2001 F150's, however it appears that the Expedition, which are very similar to the F-150's, were not covered by this recall. I'm very lucky that I found the rusted strap before the tank dropped and potentially ruptured, causing injury to me, my wife and our infant son. If the gas tank strap recall cannot be extended to cover Expedition, I would at least like to know the reason why the Expedition are not covered. Thank you.

- East Berlin, CT, USA

problem #8

Sep 192011

Expedition

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the fuel tank ruptured and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was advised that both fuel straps was also rusted. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The manufacturer advised that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 082011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • miles
Rear lower trailing arms rusted completely thru gas tank straps rusted thru.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 152010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles

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

I was driving @ 70mph down interstate 10 in seguine Texas when the sparkplug on my 1998 Ford Expedition blew out of the head, destroying the coil, plug and wire. The vehicle interior filled with gas fumes and the vehicle started to knock very loudly. I was able to stop the vehicle prior to the fuel vapors igniting, however this was extremely dangerous as my wife and children were in the vehicle with me. After researching I have found that this problem is common with the Ford 5.4 Triton engines. The mechanic I took the vehicle to explained that the aluminum heads do not mesh with the steel spark plugs and eventually tear all the threads out of the head and shoot the plug out of the hole. The head of the vehicle had to be removed and machined at a cost of 1400$.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010

Expedition

  • 138,000 miles
The gas tank straps on my 1998 Ford Expedition rusted through. Luckily I noticed the gas tank was hanging down from the truck before taking it on an extended trip. Upon further inspection, the cross-frame support rail that holds the gas tank strap was also rusted through.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #4

Feb 182010

Expedition

  • 200,100 miles
1998 Ford Expedition #3 spark plug exploded resulting in vehicle requiring $1,000 in repairs

- Mountsain View, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 151998

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • miles

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

Poor gas mileage. Window sticker when purchased claimed (16) highway. Driver claims vehicle only get 13 miles to the gallon. Dealer states that sticker is not true.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 111998

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Upon moderate acceleration, after stopping, the engine hesitates and then accelerates. Only occurs when fuel tank is at or below 1/4 full.

- Coronado, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 111998

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Upon moderate acceleration, after stopping, the engine hesitates then accelerates. Problem only occurs when the fuel tank is at or below 1/4 full.

- Coronado, CA, USA

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