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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,221 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 transmission problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #9

May 172008


  • 199,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The gear indicator did not display the actual gear the vehicle was in. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in the VIN range for recall # 97V171000 and that he would be liable for the repair. The current mileage was 199,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012007

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. When the key was turned in the ignition, the vehicle would not start. The gear indicator was not in park and the contact was unable to shift into park. He noticed a screw on the floor. The contact, a mechanic, took the dashboard apart and noticed that the screw fell from the steering column. The screw was replaced, but it continued to fall out. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 97V171000 (power train:automatic transmission:gear position indication (prndl). The passenger side headlight would fail every three months and was replaced. The failure mileage was 115,000 and current mileage was 126,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 122006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was not included in recall #97V171000 regarding powertrain:automatic transmission:gear position indication(prndl) due to the VIN. The vehicle had the same problems. The service dealer determined that the shift control needed a tie replacement to the steering column.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #6

Nov 192005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact received NHTSA recall, 97V171000 concerning automatic transmission: Gear position indicator. This vehicle experienced the same problems as indicated in the recall, but the manufacturer stated the recall expired. The contact ordered the cable, and planned on repairing the vehicle at his own expense.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 032005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
1998 Ford Expedition. The contact found recall 97V171000, for the gear position indicator. Upon taking the vehicle to the dealership, they stated it was not part of this recall. The contact stated for a month the vehicle will not go into park, the vehicle has to be in reverse to be in park and in neutral to be in reverse. The vehicle has to be in drive to be in neutral and it has to be driven in drive 1 or 2. the vehicle was looked at in the dealership and he has received an estimate. The vehicle was not fixed at that time. The contact called Ford and they state the same as the dealership, according to the VIN the vehicle is not part of the recall. The contact did have the transmission checked, but the transmission shop stated there is nothing wrong with the transmission. This is a constant problem..

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 112004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,985 miles
Having trouble with my shift cable assembly on my 1998 Ford Expedition. The nhsta campaign id number: 97V17100. I took my vehicle to orange Ford for repairs. I was told that there was no such recall on my vehicle because of the VIN number. I call the Ford hotline also and was told the same. Seems to me if there was a recall seem like all Ford light duty trucks and multipurpose passenger vehicles would have been involved.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 042003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


The automatic transmission indicator needle slipped to a position where it is no longer indication the actual operation of the transmissin. I.e. when the indicator shows neutral, the transmission is in reverse.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 052003

(reported on)


  • 70,000 miles
Consumer complained about automatic transmission indicator lever gear problem. Vehicle had been diagnosed with the same problem as the one mentioned in a recent recall. However, this vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 232000

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shifter indicated "D" drive truck was in 1st gear, and could not be moved at all.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

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