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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,537 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 232005

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,674 miles


Drive train failure, differential, within 12 months after having 60,000 mile differential fluid replaced with synthetic, to Ford specs. Differential gears and clutch assembly disentigrated. Resulting in replacement of entire differential. Could have caused gears to lock-up while driving.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 092003

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,400 miles
At about 73,000 miles the rear differential went out on my 1998 Ford Explorer.

- Eagan, MN, USA

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