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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Explorer exhaust system problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 042002

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states that theres a noise coming from the engine while driving, when the accelerator is pressed the noise stops, the vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the mass air flow sensor was the problem, 4X4 sensor is defective.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202001

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will not idle without pressing accelerator pedal, engine will stall. Dealer said it was a faulty idle air valve.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 191999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was making a siren noise. Dealer replaced idle air control valve under warranty. On 03-Aug-2000 consumer took the vehicle back because the problem reoccurred. Dealer stated in writing that it was something normal.

- Newburg, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oxygen intake valve failed.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

May 031998

Explorer

  • miles
While driving noticed smoke coming from the exhaust system without prior warning the vehicle started to lose power. Took the vehicle for service, and the consumer had problems with the engine head gasket, the dealer replaced the engine, and there was a problem with the oxygen sensor. Vehicle has been in the shop for repair service eight times, and the dealer still can't determine the problem. Vehicle is back in the shop for repair service.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

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