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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,779 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition suspension problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 132016

Expedition

  • miles

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

I got in my 1997 Expedition and the brake went to the floor when having the back brakes installed the mechanics noticed the lower on troll arm was rusted out. He the looked at my 1998 and it is the same way. He said I cannot drive them like this. I drive on the interstate daily.

- Luttrell, TN, USA

problem #21

May 142013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 105,423 miles
The rear lower and upper control arms have rust holes and or completely rusted through. This is obviously a very big problem with all Expedition around the same years. Complaints from hundreds if not thousands of owners on forums have the same issue. This will cause a crash and or fatalities if not corrected or found before it is too late. I found mine to be very rusty with holes and also one rusted all the way through after a 400 mile highway trip with my family. This is something that Ford should step up to the plate and recall and fix for Ford owners. This is a reported problem and needs to be repaired by Ford asap.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

problem #20

Apr 022013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
As I was examining the rear brake pads on my truck, I noticed that there was a hole in the right rear lower control arm. Further examination showed that the protective coating on the control arm had not only failed but was holding moisture and salt against the metal of the control arm. Therefore this lower control arm is also quite thin in one specific area and appears to be in danger of imminent failure. Likewise I found a hole and thin sound metal on the left rear lower control arm. If driven, this vehicle could easily have a major loss of control and a catastrophic accident with loss of lives. I consider this to be a manufacturing defect because the coating that was designed to protect this vulnerable part has actually hastened its failure.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #19

Oct 242012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 138,008 miles

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

While driving through a parking lot the drive shaft dropped out. It was later determined the rear lower trailing support arms on both the left and right side had rusted through causing them to break apart. This resulted in the rear axle shifting and the drive shaft snapping away from the rear axle. If this happened at a high speed this incident could have resulted in loss of life, severe injuries and property damage.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #18

Jul 202011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 174,000 miles
Years ago when purchased the Expedition I noticed the shift gear out of alignment. I try to contact the dealer as I heard that this was a recall; I was told that the recall is not for my vehicle. It has know been a few years since I bought the truck and I'm now experiencing what I've noticed many others with an Expedition which is truck is not engaging into parking position and rolls. This is a concern to me as my drive way is on a slight up hill. This is an endangering to the public, the issue happens unexpectedly. I would not like to see someone hurt because of a roll back or forward due to what is supposed to be a manufacture defect from the many cases I've read up on so far. Ford dealer needs to address this issue as well as the coil and spark plug which blows out of engine and air suspension problems. This vehicle has cost me thousands in repair, its not worth and can not afford the present repairs.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 012011

Expedition

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she noticed that there was a rusted hole in the rear suspension system. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 022011

Expedition

  • 98,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while accelerating from a complete stop, the vehicle exhibited a loud bang. The rear end of the vehicle suddenly collapsed and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the rear trailing arm was fractured due to extensive rust and corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #15

Sep 082011

Expedition 8-cyl

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

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 102010

Expedition

  • 166,805 miles
TL contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the check suspension lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the suspension control module and the air compressor were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred her to NHTSA. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 166,805.

- Bruce, MS, USA

problem #13

Mar 162011

Expedition

  • 174,300 miles
While sitting at the red traffic light, when the light turned green to go upon taking off at normal speed the drive shaft fell completely out and broke at the drive shaft universal ears of the shaft and the right lower rear controlling/trailing arm broke at coupler because it was very badly corroded with rust from weak material and drivers side rear looks the same way. Also my Expedition is not a rust bucket, it is driven very little in the winter. The drive shaft ears that hold the universal joint is made of cast steel, which is very unsafe, if Ford would send the pair of trailing/controlling arms we will have them put on at my cost. With the dry shaft made out the of that kind of material the vehicle can flip out of control and cause damage, harm or death. Sounds to me that one day Ford may have a law suit because of these problems and I'm sure that I'm not the only person that this has happened to. No wonder why its a lot of Ford Expedition on the lots cheap. From some research of the web it seems to be happening a lot. Ford needs to make rite what they did wrong!

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 162011

Expedition

  • 174,300 miles

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

While sitting at the red traffic light, when the light turned green to go upon taking off at normal speed the drive shaft fell completely out and broke at the drive shaft universal ears of the shaft and the right lower rear controlling/trailing arm broke at coupler because it was very badly corroded with rust from weak material and drivers side rear looks the same way. Also my Expedition is not a rust bucket, it is driven very little in the winter. The drive shaft ears that hold the universal joint is made of cast steel, which is very unsafe, if Ford would send the pair of trailing/controlling arms we will have them put on at my cost. With the dry shaft made out the of that kind of material the vehicle can flip out of control and cause damage, harm or death. Sounds to me that one day Ford may have a law suit because of these problems and I'm sure that I'm not the only person that this has happened to. No wonder why its a lot of Ford Expedition on the lots cheap. From some research of the web it seems to be happening a lot. Ford needs to make rite what they did wrong!

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 162011

Expedition

  • 174,300 miles
While sitting at the red traffic light, when the light turned green to go upon taking off at normal speed the drive shaft fell completely out and broke at the drive shaft universal ears of the shaft and the right lower rear controlling/trailing arm broke at coupler because it was very badly corroded with rust from weak material and drivers side rear looks the same way. Also my Expedition is not a rust bucket, it is driven very little in the winter. The drive shaft ears that hold the universal joint is made of cast steel, which is very unsafe, if Ford would send the pair of trailing/controlling arms we will have them put on at my cost. With the dry shaft made out the of that kind of material the vehicle can flip out of control and cause damage, harm or death. Sounds to me that one day Ford may have a law suit because of these problems and I'm sure that I'm not the only person that this has happened to. No wonder why its a lot of Ford Expedition on the lots cheap. From some research of the web it seems to be happening a lot. Ford needs to make rite what they did wrong!

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 152004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles
While driving 55 mph or more vehicle commenced to lose steering control. Vehicle had been to the dealer on two separate occasions. Dealer replaced compressor pump twice, but problem recurred.

- South Boston, VA, USA

problem #9

May 012003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Auto tends to vibrate constantly at or between 65/75 mph have spent numerous times getting it aligned but doesn't seem to help problem.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 231999

Expedition

  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle was pulling to the right, dealer performed an alignment.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 192001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
While driving, consumer states that the vehicle began drifting, consumer then made a correction and lost control of the vehicle, one person was injured in the accident, shortly after the accident the dealer found some alignment problems.

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 312001

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle did a 180 degree turn on the right wing of an intersection, consumer loss control and vehicle crashed into a curb, the rear axle was broken with impact on the rear left wheel, the roads were wet at the time of occurance.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 062001

(reported on)

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle easily loses contact with the road. Rearend frequently breaks loose and causes the vehicle to fishtail or spin around. Occurs at low speeds with passangers and gear. Occurs most frequesntly on wet or snowy pavement, but also in gravel. Occurs at speeds well below those of other vehicles that are driving on the same conditions with no problems. Resulted in sever single car accident (reported above) on a freeway. Luckily no injuries. Does not corner well and rides extrmely rough, even for a truck. Have reported problem to dealer with no positive outcome or response. Dealer evasive when asked questions about why handling is so poor. Felt they were hiding information about the suspension and handling of the vehicle. Tires are in excellent conditon with less than 3/4 tread wear.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Oct 011998

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At highway speeds vehicle vibrates excessively. Dealer has inspected vehicle several times, and has not been able to correct the problem.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 051998

(reported on)

Expedition

  • miles
Excessive suspension problems. Cross member bolts for proper torque were not tight and the cross member and lower control arm bolts were out of the torque specs.

- Corona, CA, USA

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