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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 2
Average Mileage:
5,868 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 042000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Severe vibration at 62mph - Ford said characteristic of vehicle would not fix or repair.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #17

Jun 252000

Explorer

  • miles
Severe blowout, rollover 4 times resulted in paralized back seat occupant, shoulder belt did not deploy, only lap then released at 3 rollover( dot number: )

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 012000

Explorer

  • miles
When it hits twenty mph or when applying the brakes vehicle will pull to the left or right. Consumer feels this is an unsafe way to drive.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #15

Apr 162000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Vehicle rolled after gpoing out of control when tires came in contact with gravel on shoulder.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #14

Nov 061999

Explorer

  • miles
Crm loves vehicle but there is alot of noises and vibrations and being a secon owner and having so many miles on the vehicle I haven't contacted about these problems nor had them fixed due to cost of repair.crm is looking into buying another vehicle of this sort but now not necessarily Ford.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 151999

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is not able to be properly aligned due to the design of the camber unit, consumer has to purchase a camber kit in order for the vehicle to not pull to the right (alignment failure). Mjs

- Kernville, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 161998

Explorer

  • miles

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

Vehicle experiencing problem with vibration whenever moving out of a tight parking space while turning the wheel. Also, fuse to power window kept blowing out for unknown reaso.; dealer notified and unable to correct the problem. Can NHTSA help inthis matter.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 161998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle vibrates from 0 to 60 mph. It can be felt in the steering wheel, seats and center console. It is very noticeable when starting on an incline. In some cases it feels like something is banging. The dealer and mfg. Both tell me this in a normal condition and that there is nothing they can due to corrent this situation. I am afraid that as this vibration continues, something (drive shaft, break hose, trans or rear seals) will eventually start to break down or leak. If a break line or hose vibrates and begins to leak no telling what can happen !!!

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #10

May 281999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While driving a loud noise occurs under the vehicle. Dealer cannot identify the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 011998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Driver loss control of vehicle while towing a 23.5 ft travel trailer which swayed as he drove at 35mph on a dry road in calm weather.

- Clifton Pa, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 25 mph had to make a fast right, causing the vehicle to tip over to the passenger side, which almost caused an accident.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 241998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving anywhere between 20-50 mph there is a whistling and grinding noise in the wheels on the right side. This prolbem has been corrected by the dealer three times, and the problem has started up again. Also, around the beginning of November 1998, when turning the steering wheel to left, a rubbing and a grinding noise came from the steering wheel. Dealer stated that this prolbem was not dangerous, and that a part would be ordered to correct problem. Problem has not been corrected.

- Hudson, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 281998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing extreme vibration.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 191998

Explorer

  • miles
While driving at any speed and when driving at 65 mph, the vehicle started to vibrate and shake. Also, there was a leakage coming under the vehicle near the engine. Contacted the dealer for repairs, and the vehicle was in for repairs twice. Vehicle will be taken back to the shop for additional repairs.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 191998

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle suspension does not provide adequate stability. While driving in wet conditions, the driver loss control at 45mph and struck a guardrail.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 211998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle roll over occurred while trying to avoid another vehicle, poor stability.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 191998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
While driving with trailer connected to vehicle, both started swaying, then lost control, resulting in a collision. Then trailer jack-knifed, bringing both vehicles to a stop, and causing damage to Explorer. No injuries.

- Clifton Pa, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 251998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on dry straight road at approximately 55 mph vehicle jerked suddenly to the left. When attempting to correct steering, vehicle went out of control and veered to the right, the spun back to the left. Turned around on the road backwards and flipped on passengers's side and slid into median. Also, ABS brakes/suspension and transfer case failed.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

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