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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,363 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #66

Jul 072004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The accelerator pedal bracket suddenly broke as a result of flimsy craftsmanship. The metal bracket is attached to the metal body of the vehicle by 3 thin pegs (they snapped at the base of the bracket) and glue! (it's obvious it's the faulty manufacture's work, and never messed with previously.) this defect could potentially cause you to be stranded (no acceleration) possibly on the highway making it a dangerous situation. I experienced loss of control with the acceleration and a sudden acceleration which nearly caused a crash. I'm attempting to consult with galpin Ford of van nuys, ca currently to repair the problem, but am experiencing lack of communication. 1998 Ford Explorer-eddie bauer V-6 SOHC(?) vehicle wall accelerator pedal bracket. ! ___/ ! ---! ! ---! * ! ---!___

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #65

Jul 082004

Explorer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,975 miles
Spot welds holding accelerator pedal to firewall broke, leaving foot pedal attached only by accelerator cable. Breakage occurred while driving 1998 Ford Explorer on interstate highway. When driver moved to brake for stalled traffic, accelerator pedal lodged under brake pedal. Driver avoided multi car collision by shifting to neutral and kicking accelerator pedal out of way. Fuller Ford dealership re-welded accelerator pedal to firewall for $152. Worker noted that Windstar are far more prone to this condition, and that this is the second Explorer that has been seen for this condition.

- Bonita, CA, USA

problem #64

Jun 042004

Explorer

  • 165,309 miles
While driving 50 mph accelerator pedal fell off. As a result, consumer lost control of the vehicle. No impact reported.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #63

Jan 262004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,300 miles

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

While driving at about 40 mph, the accelerator pedal detached from the floor. It looks like the spot welds broke. I managed to coast the card to a save stop but this could have have caused an accident in a different location.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #62

Dec 192003

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,731 miles
My 1998 Ford Explorer ltd's gas pedal assembly separated from the vehicle's firewall. This almost caused accidents, and endangered our family. This $39,000 vehicle I purchased based on its safety and ratings has proven otherwise, as this is the most recent in this vehicle's faliures.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #61

Nov 042003

Explorer

  • 95,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph gas pedal disconnected from the floor. Consumer coasted to the shoulder to assess the problem. Vehicle was able to make it to a friend's house. Aaa was called to evaluate the problem, and found that the weld connection from the pedal to the floor broke.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #60

Oct 232003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 77,000 miles

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

While driving at 30 mph vehicle suddenly accelerated to 70 mph. Brake pedal was depressed to decrease speed but engine continued to rev although vehicle came to a complete stop.

- Randolph Afb, TX, USA

problem #59

Sep 252003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The consumers were never notified of three recalls that applied to their vehicle until the defect occurred. The dealership refused to honor the recalls them because the campaigns had ended. The recall numbers are: 99 V 164 000, 98 V 060 000, and 00 V 422 000.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #58

Sep 222003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the accelerator pedal. Every time he tried to step on the pedal it got stuck to the floor. Manufacturer was contacted, and stated that this vehicle was not recalled, and did not have any warranty.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #57

Jul 092003

Explorer

  • miles
While driving at 30mph on a busy road suddenly accelerator pedal went down to the floor. Dealer found that pedal mountain attachment was broken.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #56

Jun 042003

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,875 miles

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

Well driving my 1998 Ford Explorer gas pedal completely fell off the firewall/floorboard. The two spot wields broke nearly, causing vehicle to crash. I was able to safely moving my vehicle to the side of the road, but was almost rear-ended by a big rig.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #55

Apr 222003

Explorer

  • miles
While driving the accelerator pedal fell off and caused the vehicle decelerate rapidly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they could not determine why the pedal fell of but were able to fix the pedal.

- Garden Ridge, TX, USA

problem #54

Jan 272003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While traveling 25 mph accelerator pedal broke off, causing consumer to brake to stop vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #53

Jan 152003

Explorer

  • miles
While driving the vehicle at 65 mph the gas pedal weld broke. The dealer was notified but told the consumer that there was nothing they could do. Please provide any additional information.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #52

Jun 011999

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Prior to the recall for the throttle 00 V 422 000, the part was replaced under warranty. Consumer received a recall letter, and the problem has recurred, the dealership briarwood Ford; saline mi;734-429-5478; is refusing to honor the recall. Ts the recall was previously repaired, thereby making it null and void. The accelerator pedal sticks until enough force is applied for the vehicle to lurch forward.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #51

Jul 152002

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on the freeway gas pedal suddenly fell to the floor. Took vehicle to dealer, dealer stated that bracket holding gas pedal back to firewall needed rewelding.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #50

Jun 022002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The 3 spot welds that hold the accelerator bracket point gave way completely while going uphill on wolf creek pass. I.e. there was no way to push on the gas. Luckily I was able to pull over to the side of the pass. Had to fix using big lag bolts in the existing holes in the firewall and bracket holding accelerator. Big safety issue.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #49

Mar 062002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer went to step on the gas pedal the vehicle would not accelerate. Consumer states the gas pedal sticks requiring extra pressure which results in sudden accleration when the pedal breaks free.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #48

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When depressing throttle pedal to accelerate throttle pedal sticks, causing vehicle to accelerate. Consumer has to apply force to get throttle to return to normal. Dealer has been contacted.

- Gouverneur, NY, USA

problem #47

Dec 132001

Explorer

  • miles
Accelerator pedal broke while driving. Dealer and the manufacturer were notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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