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9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
143,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012010

Explorer 4.0V6e

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

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

THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF JUNK! I HAD A MECHANIC LOOK THIS OVER BEFORE I BOUGHT IT IT RAN GREAT FOR ABOUT A WEEK THEN THREW THE TIMING CHAIN PLASTIC PARTS IT ONLY HAD 86,000 MILES ON IT AFTER TRYING TO BUY PARTS AT O'RIELLYS THEY WANTED $1000 FOR THEM IT TOOK A YEAR TO FIND A SET ONLINE FOR $250 THEN I FIND OUT YOU HAVE TO PULL THE MOTOR TO FIX IT. THEN THERE ARE NO TIMING MARKS ON IT AND THE SET OF TOOLS TO TIME IT COST $250 FORD WANTED $250 TO TIME IT. IF I PUT IT TOGETHER AND BROUGHT IT TO THEM. I HAVE OVER $5000 IN A $2000 VEHICLE AND IT STILL DOESN'T RUN RIGHT I BOUGHT A REBUILT MOTOR WITH 12000 ON IT FOR $500 PAID ANOTHER $1000 TO HAVE 5 DIFFERENT MECHANICS WORK ON IT. THIS WOUND UP TAKING SO LONG THE TRANSMISSION WENT BAD SETTING STILL. FDORDS ANSWER WAS TAKE IT TO THE FORD HOUSE THEY'LL FIX IT FOR ABOUT $7000 AND ALL OF THIS BECAUSE OF AND IDIOTIC DESIGN FORD APPROVED I'M NOT AN ENGINEER BUT AFTER I LOOKED AT HOW THIS WAS BUILT I'M SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THIS WAS STUPID. I WAS SO FAR INTO THIS I COULDN'T STOP BECAUSE I NEEDED IT RUNNING. FORD ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO BUY ANOTHER FOR I TOLD THEM TO SHOVE THEIR FORDS UP THIER ### I HAVE 5 FORDS SETTING IN MY DRIVEWAY AND THIS HAS SOURED ME ON FORDS. IF SOMEONE BUILT A VEHICLE THAT RAN CHEAP YOU COULD FIX YOURSELF WITHOUT SPENDING YOURSELF BROKE THEYED HAVE THE MARKET CORNERD I'D BUY ONE AND IT WOULD BE EASY TO DO. PLUG IN ELECTRONICS. PARTS YOU COULD GET TO GENERAL PARTS THAT INTERCHANGED FOR YEAR AFTER YEAR LIKE WHEELS ALTERNATORS STARTERS AND SUCH IF THIS BRAND USED 1 GOOD STARTER ON ALL IT'S VEHICLES 1 GOOD ALT. 1 FUEL SYSTEM THEY COULD HAVE A DOZEN MODELS BUT ONE DRIVE TRAIN ONE WHEEL PATTERN ONE HEADLIGHT ONE TAIL LIGHT YOU COULD REPLACE A HEADLIGHT OR TAILLIGHT FOR A LITTLE OF NOTHING I'D BUY ONE IN A HEART BEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

- , Farmersville, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 122008

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196,000 miles

For the past couple years, the engine will shut off randomly when I come to a complete stop. I took it to a mechanic that the family trusted and he fixed lots of minor things on the vehicle, nothing that fixed the big problem. I was then told to have him change the idle air controller, which he did, and that didn't fix it either. I pretty much gave up after almost $2K worth of work on the car. It would go for a couple weeks without ever doing it, and then it would do it every time I stopped. It was an inconvenience, but it would always start right back up. Now, if I get the car over 30 mph, it will shut off every time. I start it back up and as soon as I put it back in drive, it shuts off again. I have to sit there and let it idle and pump the gas, and sometimes put it in neutral, before I can get it to actually stay on long enough to get where I'm going. It's gone from inconvenient to dangerous. Luckily, I live close enough to work that I can take a route where I don't get over 30 mph on the way. Please help.

- , Paducah, KY, USA

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