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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 5 of 8)

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problem #71

Sep 132000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Throttle hangs in closed position especially when engine is at normal operating temperature. This condition began occurring shortly after purchase. (about 1500 miles). This same condition occurred on a 1994 4.0 L. V-6 Explorer driven 34000 miles. Dealer was unsuccessful in resolving the problem.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #70

Aug 152000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
On several occasions we have made left hand truns and the vehicale stalls in the middle of the turn upon acceleration.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #69

May 302000

Explorer

  • miles
Have received two mfr's recalls and unable to get honor; 99 V 164 000/secondary hood latch & 99 V 062 001/ cruise /speed control cable. Dealer stating parts are not available. Please provide any further details:

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #68

Jul 102000

Explorer

  • miles

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

Vehicle experiences a power loss when accelerating from a stop while making a left turn causing the potential for right side impact. This has happened on several occasions. Dealer has tried to correct the problem through PCM updates, but they are unable to reproduce it.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #67

May 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Cruise control cable failed.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #66

May 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Cruise control cable failed.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #65

Feb 171999

Explorer

  • miles

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

Prior to recall fuel throttle sticks ( 99V-062).

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #64

May 132000

Explorer

  • miles
Was going to beach, tried to set cruise control at 70, went up to 72, pushed again, now going 78, , tried to turn cc off, pushed brakes and cc off button, let off braks, car speeds up to 82, pushed braked to floor, held continuously down for apprx. Mile, smoke everywhere from brakes, got down to 50mph, put car in neutral, was at least 1/4 T/ 1/2 mile with riding brakes before car stopped, had it hauled to dealership, was informed this had never happened before, am now afraid to drive car when it is repaired, it was in the dealership in 99 for the cruise control recall, they claim they have sent the parts in to the Ford laboratory, they still do not know what went wrong, said either the cable or the module.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #63

Jan 082000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced problem with deceleration after acceleration. Within seconds, vehicle would lurch forward and then start to operate normally. Dealer notified, Ford is not providing help with repairing vehicle.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #62

Jun 041999

Explorer

  • miles
The cruise control failed.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #61

May 011999

Explorer

  • miles

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

PE00999, while vehicle is at a stop and proceeds, vehicle idles very high which causes engine to rev, and may cause sudden acceleration. Owner places the vehicle in neutral position to stop the idling.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #60

Nov 241998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration resulting in collision due to locked steering and loss of braking ability during acceleration.

- San Antoni, TX, USA

problem #59

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 #58

Mar 082000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Recall 99V0620000/ cruise control. Ford insisted that recall repairs had not been done because vehicle had been serviced in Oklahoma at a Ford dealer only. Owner had not taken vehicle to any other dealer for recall repairs. Ford could not provide any additional information.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #57

Jan 262000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while turning a corner and the consumer loss control of the vehicle, vehicle ran off the road, through a fence and slammed into a tree causing injury to consumers neck and back. Nlm

- E. Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #56

Mar 022000

Explorer

  • miles
EA99001, while driving throttle got stuck and caused vehicle to accelerate which caused a crash.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #55

Jul 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
After re-accelerating from a stop after appx 2 hrs driving at 60-70 mph the car hesitates for a couple of second then starts up again. It has occasionally stalled. This seems to occur more frequently in hot weather and doesn't seem to happen on trips up to an hour. I have had people almost go into me from behind due to it appearing that I am pulling away and then the car suddenly stopping with no brake lights visible. Also this usually puts the car in the middle of an intersection at a standstill.

- Claymony, DE, USA

problem #54

Jan 302000

Explorer

  • miles
Recall 99vo62001/cruise/speed control:(recall repairs were done), but vehicle still experienced sudden acceleration while traveling on the highway at 55 mph which caused a collision; no injuries were reported. Dealer notified.

- Soldotna, AK, USA

problem #53

Jan 302000

Explorer

  • miles
Recall 99vo62001/cruise/speed control:(recall repairs were done), but vehicle still experienced sudden acceleration while traveling on the highway at 55 mph which caused a collision; no injuries were reported. Dealer notified.

- Soldotna, AK, USA

problem #52

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle stalls when accelerating from a stop while making a left turn.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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