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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
22 / 24
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,801 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #91

Aug 042001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Vehicle stalled after exiting highway. I stopped at exit and vehicle stalled when accelerating, vehicle restarted but would stall when put into gear. After sitting for several hours vehicle restarted with no record of any error codes. High potential for accident because I was pulling out into traffic when vehicle failed, I was able to put the vehicle into neutral and coast into a nearby parking lot with no powering steering or brakes. I had been driving on the highway for approx 4 hours. Took vehicle to Ford service center and they were unable to identify the problem, no repair was done. This was the third time the vehicle had stalled on acceleration, but the first time it would not restart.

- Saint Johns, MI, USA

problem #90

Dec 162000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When engine is first started in the morning it has a run away throttle until it warms up. Accelerates to about 2000 rpms and drops back to about 500 RPM. Vehicle is not put into any gear until after the engine warms up at which time it idles smoothly.

- Del Rio, TX, USA

problem #89

Jun 272000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving vehicle it accelerates by itself. Vehicle accelerates with brakes on up to 30 RPM. Also, ehicle accelerates where consumer has to turn key off to stop vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated there was nothing wrong with vehicle. Please provide VIN#.

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #88

Jun 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When vehicle is slowing down or is at a complete stop it accelerates without any notice. Problem occurs intermittently. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Far Hills, NJ, USA

problem #87

May 032001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer received recall notification (00S58) consumer was advised to drop off vehicle and they would get to it on Monday because of scheduling problems.

- Tobyhanna, PA, USA

problem #86

Apr 262001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
While driving over a period of time and attempting to accelerate, vehicle failed to accelerate and accelerator pedal was slow to respond. Vehicle was parked for a short period of time. Upon restarting vehicle and depressing accelerator pedal, it failed to respond, pedal fell off. It was determined that the 3 rivets that hold the mounting bracket hard sheared off causing the accelerator pedal to fail.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #85

Mar 302001

Explorer

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle. (dot number: " tiresize: ")

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #84

Apr 092001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was parked in off position for over ten minutes and caught on fire in engine compartment. Also, vehicle was serviced for recall 00V422000 regarding throttle. Consumer not sure if cause of fire was due to that problem.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #83

Nov 181999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Faulty throttle body caused the gas pedal to stick. Nlm

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #82

Nov 251998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had an accident when gas pedal got stuck, then, vehicle accelerated, and lurched forward. Dealer replaced throttle body, speed unknown. Currently, consumer received recall on this component. The manufacturer denied any defective part exists.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #81

Jan 282000

Explorer

  • miles

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

After driving 10 minutes or more vehicle would intermittently stall or cut out while appliing accelerator from a low speed or at a stop postion in heavy traffic. Vehicle been in dealer shop on two occasions, and informed that nothing could be found or problem could not be duplicated. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #80

Jul 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle accelerated on its own when applying brakes to come to a stop. Engine revved, and even though consumer applied brakes, vehicle went through garage wall. Dealer could not find problem. On Mar 13, 2001 this happened again. Consumer pulled into parking space on 5th level of parking garage, applied brakes, and vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit concrete wall. Vehicle at dealer at this time. Consumer no longer feels safe driving vehicle.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #79

Jul 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had 2 accidents due to sudden acceleration, neither time did airbags deploy. In July 2000, vehicle went through garage door, and on March 13, 2001, vehicle hit concrete wall.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #78

Jan 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle would stall while accelerating from a stop and also while in motion.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #77

Feb 032001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling 5to 10mph. While entering into a parking lot he applied brakes, and vehicle continued to acellerate and hit another vehicle.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #76

Aug 031999

Explorer

  • miles
Gas pedal was sticking, dealer replaced the throttle body assembly.

- Bethany Beach, DE, USA

problem #75

Jan 082001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When coming to a stop engine raced to extremely high rpms, consumer had to apply both feet to brake pedal to gain control of vehicle, cause unknown.

- Covington, VA, USA

problem #74

Nov 142000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 75mph on highway and cruise control was set on 75. Mph. Was climbing up a hill, and cruise control continued to speed up.consumer applied brakes and vehicle continued to speed up. Dealership was aware of problem. There were no injuries reported.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #73

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer hasn't been able to make an appointment for recall 99V062001.

- Bethel, CT, USA

problem #72

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer hasn't been able to make an appointment for recall 99V062001.

- Bethel, CT, USA

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