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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,058 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #80

Jun 011999

Explorer

  • miles

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

No summary

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #79

Aug 182000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The vehicle intermittently hesitates and the factory repair facility is unable to repair. Nlm

- Saint Pete, FL, USA

problem #78

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
At 2700 miles motor blewout. Vehicle sounded like it was rattling in a tin can. Consumer has contacted the dealership.

- Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

problem #77

Sep 091999

Explorer

  • miles

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

I was slowing down to make a left hand turn at a busy intersection and my Explorer just died. As I was losing control of my steering, I coasted to a stop at the side of the road. Only because of my 30 years of driving experience and calm demeanor was I able to avoid a terrible crash. If my 16 year old had been driving, it is frightening to think about what would have happened.

- Indpls., IN, USA

problem #76

Sep 152000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Intermittently, vehicle stalls out and dies when decellerating. Dealer has inspected vehicle several times, and has replaced engine temprature sensor, butproblem still exists.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #75

May 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle occasionally loses power or stalls several seconds after normal acceleration from a full stop. Problem occurs most freqently at intersections when making a left turn. Dealership is aware of the problem.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #74

Aug 292000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Upon entering into a intersection vehicle will completely shut down without warning, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify the cause.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #73

Mar 162000

Explorer

  • miles
Faulty engine causing consumer to hear noise under the hood when vehicle idles.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #72

Mar 162000

Explorer

  • miles
Faulty engine causing consumer to hear noise under the hood when vehicle idles.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #71

Oct 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After extended driving and making a stop, vehicle would stall without any indication while trying to accelerate from the stop. Dealer has been notified.

- Scott Afb, IL, USA

problem #70

Jun 031999

Explorer

  • miles

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

Car stalls - it has stalled 157 times since 6-3-99. It has been in the shop 12 times.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #69

Jun 041999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was repair by dealership after a collision, since then the engine experiences continued severe stalling on at least 94 times since 6-4-99, the dealerships are unable to rectify stalling.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #68

Apr 132000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Truck engine dies/hesitates when turning left from complete stop. Engine died once but was able to restart while coasting, the other 2 times the engine hesitated although gas pedal was depressed. Dealer notified, could not find anything wrong.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #67

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Ford people say they don't know when the gaskets kits will come in, yet its been 3 months now and the vehicle runs sluggish, and is a safety hazard in traffic. Where are all the parts at.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine makes cracking sound when stopping.

- Chula Vist, CA, USA

problem #65

Mar 212000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #64

Nov 201998

Explorer

  • miles
Driving down a two way street another vehicle was trying to pass from behind. When applying brakes to slow down, vehicle stalled and within seconds it accelerated.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #63

Dec 151999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The vehicle failed to start numerous times.

- Mill Valley, CA, USA

problem #62

Nov 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Inc #1 4--wheel drive lights flashed 15 seconds, 4-wheel drive motor replaced. Inc #2 - vehicle stalled during left turns after travlling at hwy speeds. New processor installed, problem still exists.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #61

Mar 092000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Traveling at 35 mph, engine stalled. I was able to make a safe stop on a busy/curvy road. Engine restarted and stalled one additional time.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

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