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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,696 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 Explorer accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Jun 172004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

Driver's side door will not open. The door will not reliably unlock. Power lock actuator works fine. Broken spring inside of latch mechnism.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #13

Apr 192004

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,600 miles
Drivers side door does not unlock nor open from inside. Possible safty hazard if must exit vehicle in emergency.

- Union, MI, USA

problem #12

Jan 172004

Explorer

  • miles
When the vehicle was parked or running, the front driver and passenger door would not unlock. This caused the consumer to exit/enter through the rear doors. The dealerships mechanic was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #11

Oct 182003

Explorer

  • 11,000 miles

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

Driver's side door did not unlock. Consumer was forced to get in/out on the passenger's side of the vehicle.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 252003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The consumers were never notified of three recalls that applied to their vehicle until the defect occurred. The dealership refused to honor the recalls them because the campaigns had ended. The recall numbers are: 99 V 164 000, 98 V 060 000, and 00 V 422 000.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #9

Sep 222003

Explorer

  • miles
1998 Ford Explorer, we have had problems at different times getting the driver side door to open after the car had been unlocked. This happened several times. This might become a problem if consumer was trying to get out from the vehicle in case of an emergency.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #8

Jul 082003

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,972 miles

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

The power door locks are malfunctioning on my 1998 Ford Explorer. The expolanation is that "water, dirt and stuff get in there". this is the seciond such incident. I'm now being billed $186 plus tax to repair something that shouldn't need rerplacing on a vehicle with 70000 miles!.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 082002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Drivers side door doesn't lock. Door panel was removed and power motor for lock was replaced.....

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 152002

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer states he cannot get into his truck because the driver side latch is broken. He has not received a recall but think this should be a safety issue.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 012002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The driver side door lock is inoperable and the door cannot be opened. The dealership is aware of the problem. Nlmjlg

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Driver's side door will not lock or unlock from outside or inside. Consumer is forced to climb in and out through passenger's side. Manually, lock can not be pulled up to get out. Dealer was notified.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012002

Explorer

  • miles
Driver's side front door does not lock properly. Problem is intermittent.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer turns on heat it is out of control heat gets hotter and hotter. When she turns air conditioning on cold air is cold for a moment, and then heat comes on while air conditioning is running. Dealership is aware of problem. Lock broke on drivers door and was repaired.

- Cedar Bluff, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Knob for rear window wiper. Master switch to unlock doors. Air bag light.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

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