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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 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 Explorer accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 302006

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


: the contact stated the locking mechanisms on three doors and the rear hatchback failed to operate properly. The door locks felt loose, while the door is manually unlocked, prior to each failure. The rear left door will not unlock from the inside or outside of the door. The rear right door failed to unlock from the outside, and the rear hatch failed to unlock on an intermittent basis. The service dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted. Updated 01/19/07.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #3

Feb 162005

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Ford Explorer 4 dr 2wd and the driver door will not open something went wrong with the lock from the inside U can open it from the outside but it wont open from the inside since that occured my anti-theft my security system and my horn also stopped working I have checked the fuses and the relays they tell me that its something in the wiring what should I

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062003


  • miles
The hatchback would not open at all. The consumer felt it was unsafe to have no manual way to open the hatchback from the inside.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
3 problems; #1. gas pedal sticks. Dealer says no problem, but keeps putting lube on linkage. #2 left front bearing replaced twice due to sqealing at low speed, other times they lubed rubber boot. #3 rear hatch when cold, lifts fail, hit head and upper back.

- Wendel, PA, USA

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