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7.0

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,429 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 #7

Jul 012004

Explorer

  • miles

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

Re:Ford Explorer wheel lockup and uncontrolled skid at highway speed. The vehicle was taken to be repaired. The technician found significant metal fragments in the transfer case indicating severe gear stress when the vehicle self shifted into 4X4 low engagement.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #6

Jan 292004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Vehicle lost power (to accelerate) yesterday after grinding noise from transmission. Coasted into a parking lot, but was unable to move it from there. Continued to grind moving shift lever from any gear into park. Vehicle has less than 60,000 miles on it. Current transmission is a replacement. Previous (original) transmission dropped into neutral and engine revved (w/ loss of power) at inopportune moments- while accelerating or trying to accelerate, while coasting or while at a complete stop. Began complaining about this about a month after purchase, but transmission was not replaced until Jan. 2002. I was given a 12-month warranty on it then, although the vehicle was purchased with the extended warranty, which was supposed to cover everything (bumper to bumper) to 50,000 miles.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 232003

Explorer

  • miles
When driving at 40 mph transmission transfer case would make a loud noise and it would be hard for the driver to accelerate forward.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032003

Explorer

  • miles

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

While traveling on the highway and without prior warning four wheel drive will engage on its own, causing vehicle to suddenly accelerate.

- Rustburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042002

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that theres a noise coming from the engine while driving, when the accelerator is pressed the noise stops, the vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the mass air flow sensor was the problem, 4X4 sensor is defective.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 171998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tranfer case still not switch out of 4-wheel low. Fords's remedy: Turn ignition to on w/O starting, put transmission into neutral, turn off ignition, put transmission back into park. Had 4X4 solinoid replaced. Problem still exists. Dealer told me they have had several bad solinoid come in to be replaced.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 291998

Explorer

  • miles
Design problem with the automatic 4X4 control and vehicle electronics.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

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