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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,600 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

May 272003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


The thermostat on my 1998 Ford Explorer has had to be replaced for the second time in two years with no definition of why it has broken.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 312003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The blend actuator door is stuck in the open position which means that I can't set the temperature in the passenger compartment to a comfortable level. After searching this problem on the internet it's apparent to me and others that this has got to be a defect based on the number of complaints.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #2

May 051999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
With only 15,614 miles on my 1998 Explorer, the entire cooling system failed. The dealership had to install a new radiator, clutch fan assembly, water pump gasket, and thermostat assembly.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 191999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle stalls, loses power when accelerating from full stop, especially when hot. 5 times at dealer w/ no solution. Dealer computer indicates nothing wrong. Loss of power could result in collision in heavy traffic.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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