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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,806 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition suspension problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Mar 162005

Expedition 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

A loud knocking noise was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle. The right front collapsed onto the ground. Vehicle was unable to be moved. Driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the front springs torsion bar needed to be replaced.

- Cofield, NC, USA

problem #38

Apr 112004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
Torsion bar on driver's side of 1998 Expedition broke apart causing the left side of the vehicle to lean and cause extreme difficulty controlling the car. The break looks like it happened on a seam and rust was inside-clearly pointing to a breach in the manufacture of this part.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #37

Mar 202004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,627 miles
Front torsion bar sheared off while parked, causing the right front to dip aprox 6 inches.

- York, PA, USA

problem #36

May 142003

(reported on)

Expedition

  • 34,500 miles

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

While driving at 40 mph the torsion bar snapped which caused the right side of the vehicle to drop to the ground.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #35

Mar 212003

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,315 miles
My 1998 Ford Expedition's right torsion bar just snapped in half on March 21, 2003. While sitting in my garage. I had just gotten home, right before it happened thank goodness. The car had to be towed. I was told this should not have happened. I was given the torsion bar as proof to offer Ford that it is indeed a defect. However, Ford really does not want to hear that. This is my problem and they will do nothing. ( I was told to hold on to my receipt, just in case there is a recall) I have found over 31 complaints about this problem and nothing is being done about it. What is it going to take to have this problem addressed? no one was hurt this time, but, what about the next. I can't stand the thought of putting my children and myself back in this car knowing the left one could break just as easy as the right one did and I could be on the highway this time.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #34

Mar 022003

Expedition

  • 55,000 miles
The torsion bar broke.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #33

Feb 212003

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

Front driver's side torsion bar (called a spring by my mechanic) cracked in 2 pieces causing vehicle to lean to the left. About a month later the right side bar also cracked causing vehicle to lean to the right. Vehicle is barely drivable in this condition.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #32

Feb 112003

Expedition

  • miles
The front torsion bar broke.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #31

Jan 042002

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
The right torsion bar of my 1998 Ford Expedition cracked in March 2001. No injuries were reported. The garage that repaired my vehicle said that there was a distinct defect in the torsion bar and gave me the bar to offer proof to Ford that this was indeed and manufacturer defect. The Ford Motor Company was contacted and notified of this problem. The company dragged correspondance out with us over the next several months. No recall was enacted. On January 4, 2003 the left torsion bar went on my 1998 Ford Expedition as I was exiting the highway. The truck dropped about 12 inches on the left hand side and I slammed my head on the driver window. No serious injury resulted, but I could have lost control of the vehicle and caused serious injury to the others in the car as well as myself.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #30

May 152002

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked when consumer heard alarm go off, she checked vehicle and found nothing wrong. 2 hours later, she noticed driver front had lowered, vehicle was towed to dealer. Torsion bar had broken.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

problem #29

Jan 262002

Expedition 4WD

  • miles

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

While parked left front torsion bar snapped. This item not covered under extended warranty.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #28

Mar 102002

Expedition

  • miles
Front sway bar link on left side of vehicle broke while consumer was driving. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #27

Feb 062001

Expedition

  • miles
While driving vehicle seemed to wander, vehicle was taken into dealer and consumer was informed that the front torsion bar broke, this has since happened again the second time consumer noticed that vehicle was leaning to the left, vehicle was taken back to dealer and consumer was informed that front torsion bar had broke again.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #26

May 282001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle was in garage when I opened drivers door and stood on running board to gain entry. When I put pressure down there was a pop noise and the left front corner of the vehicle dropped down. It was towed to the dealer and diagnosed as a left torsion bar failure. I had the dealer give me the broken part and it is obvious even to my untrained eye that it had a manufacturing flaw. The end of the torsion bar had a hole init where moisture collcted causing it to corrode and eventually fail by snaping in two. I called Ford customer service and they didn't seem too concerned. Their only response was a customer comment card in the mail. I think this could have been a catasrophic accident as this vehicle is designed to carry eight people and pull recreational vehicles. It worries me and my wife that it could happen again and I think some research on where this part was made and if it is made with inferior meterial or workmanship. How many more Expedition are out there with torsion bars that could snap at any time?.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

problem #25

Jun 042001

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving over speed bump at 2 mph right front of vehicle dropped. Dealer replaced broken right front torsion bar.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #24

Feb 062001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Front torsion bar snapped under normal usage, dealer claims its not a warranty item.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #23

Mar 052001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Front left side torsion bar, (part # F75A-ama) snapped, while traveling at 40 mph, which had I been traveling at a greater speed, may have resulted in a roll over.

- Greencastle, PA, USA

problem #22

Feb 022001

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front torsion bar broke while vehicle was parked, causing suspension to collapse. Ford has not been contacted.

- Thornton, PA, USA

problem #21

Nov 092000

Expedition

  • miles
While pulling up into driveway left front torsion bar sheared off. Dealer notifed, and made repairs at consumer's cost. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #20

Sep 182000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Torsion bar broke in half while car was sitting still. Loud explosion noise rthen the car shifted to the right. Car was disabled and need to be towed. Notified Ford and they would not pay for the repair due to out of warrenty condition.

- Elgin, IL, USA

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