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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 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #51

Jan 212000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Received recall notice #99V062000/001. Contacted dealership. Informed no parts available. Received card from dealer & took vehicle for repairs. While driving vehicle 7 hours later & using cruise control, it became stuck on 75mph. Cruise control failed to release when accelerator tapped. Guided vehicle to side of road & turned it off. Restarted vehicle & cruise control off. Took vehicle back to dealer to have cruise control turned off completely.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #50

Sep 301999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer not able to have recalls performed, due to scheduling problems. Yh (99V-062) and (99V-164)

- East Nothport, NY, USA

problem #49

Apr 041999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Suspension problems began after a heavy load was in the vehicle.(400-500 lbs) the front end rode 1 foot above the rear end.since then the car has handeled quite differently, and has constant loud squeaks and grinds. The bushings recently were removed and greased, under carriage arms in front had to be replaced. Problem appears to be ok, why did this start at 6000 miles? hesitation during hard acceleration, always from stop, crossing intersection.extensive throttle body, housing repair work neccessary, recalls did not solve the problem.two friends with 98 Explorer have had exact problems with load carrying and suspension problems.hesitation problems as wellave had ecact problems not solve the problem er carriage

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #48

Aug 011999

Explorer

  • miles

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

Vehicle won't disengauge and accelerated up to 75 mph. Pushed the cruise control button, and vehicle kept accelerating. Applied the brakes, and vehicle went up to 80 mph.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #47

May 111999

Explorer

  • miles
Also experiencing right flood light failure. This is the 3rd bulb replacement. I, the customer would like some resolution to these problems. The vehicle cost too much to experience these many problems.( dot number: 274 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #46

Sep 011999

Explorer

  • miles
When getting into vehicle and starting it up, throttle sticks. Consumer has to press the gas pedal real hard to stop the throttle from sticking. Also, passenger's side seat belt won't come out, and front passenger's seat keeps sliding forward whenever consumer is driving.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #45

Sep 101999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Dealer refused recall repair (99V-164) / (99V-062).

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #44

Dec 171998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes throttle stuck in open position, causing a collision to occur.

- Oak Hurst, CA, USA

problem #43

May 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Cruise control system failed, prior to recall notice (99V062000 & 99V062001).

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #42

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Foot throttle sticks.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #41

Oct 011998

Explorer

  • miles

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

Cruise control.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #40

Aug 201999

Explorer

  • miles
Received recall 99V062001 & contacted dealer. Took vehicle in for speed control repairs & had it done. Picked vehicle up & noticed cruise control failed to work like it should. Contacted dealer & was refused to correct problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #39

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle body failed.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #38

Jul 201999

Explorer

  • miles
Recall repair unable to be completed due to lack of parts (99V-062), vehicle is experiencing throttle sticking/failure at this time.mjs

- Colonial H, VA, USA

problem #37

Mar 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Recall work not able to be done due to lack of parts (99V-062). Mjs

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #36

Jun 091999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer feels the recall on throttle body plate repair/notice is insufficient, feels that immediate repair should be done due to possible failure. (99M02) nlm

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #35

Jul 081999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer received recall 99V062001 concerning speed control cable. Contacted dealer, and no parts were available to correct the problem.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #34

Apr 081999

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer had speed control disconnected.no parts available.consumer contacted dealer and manufacturer.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #33

May 281999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Speed control cables recalled but are unable to be replaced due to lack of parts. Nlm (99V-062)

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #32

Jun 041999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When applying brake pedal the vehicle will suddenly accelerate. Dealer has been contacted.

- Lake City, MN, USA

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