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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,362 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.

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #11

May 102009

Explorer

  • 119,987 miles

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

Spot welds on the accelerator pedal mounting bracket failed and broke completely off causing loss of accelerator function and allowing pedal to fall behind brake pedal. This is a known defect that many Ford Explorer are experiencing and should be a safety recall before someone dies!

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 152009

Explorer

  • 102,000 miles
Gas pedal housing fell off the wall NHTSA item #616531.

- Des Peres, MO, USA

problem #9

Nov 052007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Monday November 5, 2007 at around 4:15 pm while driving home on cheverly avenue I received a call on my two way radio from the cheverly police department. The caller stated that my 1998 Ford two door, Ford Explorer Sport had dropped its spare tire in the middle of cheverly avenue. At first I did not believe the officer, being that I am the director of public works, I thought that he just needed to talk to me so I made a U-turn and drove back to where the officer was parked. To my surprise there was the officer with a spare tire which I later identified as being my 1998 Ford Explorer spare tire. I looked under the truck and the cable that held the tire in placed was damaged, rusted, and it had dropped the tire in the middle of the road. Earlier that day I was driving on the capital beltway route 495 in the Washington DC area and if that tire would have dropped I the middle of this busy roadway can you imagine the potential for an accident? Ford Motor Company needs to find a better idea for the spare tire and Ford ought to tell all vehicle owners that have a similar system for the spare tire to change them, replace them every so many days and/or use different materials that would not rust. Thank god I was in my neighborhood and going at a low speed. Otherwise only god would know what could have happened.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 152007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The spot welds broke on the metal bracket that holds the gas pedal to the floor.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #7

Nov 142005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Contact stated that right after purchasing the vehicle he had replace the brakes, tires, fuel filter, the fuel injection was cleaned, the anti lock sensors where replaced, the windshield was replaced. The air bags are also deployed. While driving the vehicle it vibrates on the left side. He took the vehicle to a mechanic they put the vehicle on a rack trying to line the vehicle. It would not line up. They found that the ball joints bad, also the motor mounts are broken. The mechanic told him that the frame is bent beyond repair.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 172002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making turns, especially right turns, vehicle slides and almost turns over.. consumer states vehicle is experiencing acceleration problems, and there was a humming noise coming from the engine, signals are not working, dealer replaced a defective connector and multi-function switch, Firestone tires have experienced tread separation, which were replaced in July 2001, the rear seats move/bounce when driving, the rear seat belts were inoperative, the dealer replaced the buckles, there was smoke coming from the steering column, dealer replaced the multi-function switch, the windshield was chipped, the alarm would not chut off at times, dealer replaced a bad loose wire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 031999

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving on a winding road at 50 mph due to the instability, vehicle suddenly rolled over, flipping left to right and crushing the roof that caused serious injuries to driver and passenger side occupants, also upon impact driver and passenger side air bags failed to deploy.

- Palm Spring, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 192001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving under winter conditions, traveling at approximately 65 to 70 mph, vehicle began to lose control. Right driver's side tire went into a ditch, and vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times. Driver's seat belt failed to lock up and preventing injury to driver. Please provide any additional information/attachments. Air bags failed to deploy during accident. Nlm

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #3

May 271998

Explorer

  • miles
Brother was checking underneath vehicle & noticed the under carriage was rusty. Contacted dealer & manufacturer & was informed it's normal due to heavy road salt that was used. Also, seat & anchor attachments were rusty. Vehicle sold as new due to low mileage, according to dealer.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle tilts to left on flat level surface which could result in rollover when making a left hand turn.

- Rancho San, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer feels vehicle design is to heavy and not very stable when turning corners.

- Palmadle, CA, USA

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