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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 3 of 5)

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problem #46

Dec 142001

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving, attempted to depress accelerator pedal and noticed it had fallen loose and was dangling by the accelerator cable. The accelerator pedal bracket had broken off (seperated) from the firewall/dash panel. Noticed two holes in dash panel where the bracket had been spot welded. See NHTSA #SB616531.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #45

Dec 112001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Electrical problems with the electric door locks on drivers side has broke 3 times. Gas pedal sheared off while driving down the road. Heater went out; mechanic said there was a 1997 Ford part on the 1998 truck. Face plate for the radio, time is out. Lever for the passenger seat broke off. All of this happened at 25,000 miles. This is the first Ford I ever owned and unfortunately the last!

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #44

Nov 282001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Gas pedal sticks.

- Chrisney, IN, USA

problem #43

Nov 172001

Explorer

  • miles

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

Gas pedal broke away from frame while driving on the freeway and went under the brake pedal.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #42

Aug 092001

Explorer

  • miles
While consumer was driving vehicle and trying to slowdown gas pedal got stuck, and the vehicle accelerated. It usually happens at 30 mph and up. Has not contacted dealer.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #41

Aug 072001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Accelerator sticks whcih causes vehicle to become inoperable in traffic. After ten minutes vehicle is fully operational. Dealer has been contacted, but refused to contact manufacturer.

- Madison, GA, USA

problem #40

Jul 052001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle stalled when making a 90 degree left turn. Consumer stepped slightly on gas and it hesitated. Consumer has to press down giving vehicle gas to by pass hesitation. Dealer really had no remedy. But once before replaced fuel injection.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 222001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 50mph on highway and was changing lanes, and it felt like it was going to cut off. Happened to look down, and saw gas pedal detached from floor. It was holding on by a wire. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Scottdale, AZ, USA

problem #38

Apr 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle gets stuck, and vehicle doesn't move. Dealer could only tell consumer that throttle needs parts.

- Perkin, IN, USA

problem #37

May 212001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Throttle sticks particularly when cold. Similar to that of recall 00V422000 but Ford claims that this vehicle is not included in recall.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #36

May 132001

Explorer

  • miles

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

Gas pedal became detached from the chassis during an acceleration while driving;an accident was avoided. It appears that the gas pedal bracket, which apparently was tackwelded at the factory to the firewall, came loose from the firewall, rsulting in the bracket and gas pedal literally hanging by the accelerator cable underneath the dash.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #35

May 132001

Explorer

  • miles
After consumer had recall 00V422000 repairs done throttle was still experiencing the same problem. Gas pedal will stick while driving, and she has to keep pushing to keep pedal from sticking in one position. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #34

May 052001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling 60mph and let up to reduce speed. Throttle never lifted for vehicle to slow down. Consumer road 2-3 miles, hitting brakes and throttle to see if pedal would lift. Consumer ended up running into a field, slowing to 40mph and slammed on brakes. All four brakes were burned up. Consumer wasn't sure if transmission was damaged. Vehicle is at Ford to be looked at.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #33

Apr 252001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Yesterday (2/24/01) I noticed that the accelerator was not responding. At first I thought that maybe I was having trouble with the fuel injector. Today, I went to go on an errand and the gas pedal/w bracket fell off the firewall. I cannot find the bolt(s) which fastens it to the firewall. This could have resulted in a major accident had I gotten onto the freeway!

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #32

Mar 272001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 30 mph consumer noticed gas pedal sticking. Pressed a bit harder to get it to release, and vehicle started spinning, resulting in a crash. Damage to vehicle unknown.

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Intermittently accelerator pedal will stick. A recall has been issued on vehicle; however this vehicle was not included due to VIN. The dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #30

Mar 162001

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on road engine will lose power. Each time when stepping on gas pedal vehicle will not go.vehicle had been recalled for this problem. But consumer had never taken care of defect.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #29

Mar 052001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
All three rivets came apart on gas pedal while driving on the freeway. (dot number: Vhdl tiresize: P235/75R15)

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 232001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When gas pedal is applied it sticks unless extreme pressure is applied. Vehicle will not move. Afterwards, vehicle will accelerate faster then intended. Also, having idle control valve sticking which causes vehicle not to start.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #27

May 011999

Explorer

  • miles
While pressing acclerator pedal vehicle lost power, then finally lunged forward and would slowly speed up which may cause a rear end crash. Dealer cannot determine the cause.

- Englewood, CO, USA

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