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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,994 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

problem #7

Oct 312006

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,957 miles


Failure of front wheel bearing hub assembly. Wheel broke loose leaving vehicle undrivable. Wheel bearing hub assembly had to be replaced.

- Albertson, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 142004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
Since purchasing a used 1998 Ford Explorer I have been blessed with nothing but problems with it. 6 months after purchasing the vehicle my wheel bearings went out and damaged the spindle. This was a $500 expense as the spindle was a dealer part. When I purchased it there were 26000 miles on it...there were about 36000 when the bearings went out...just as the warranty expired. Then, about a year later, the upper air intake manifold got a hole burned in it. Again, Ford couldn't offer me any kind of help and said it was a $800-1000 repair. On a side note, this type of problem was a known issue by Ford. In fact, recalls were made by Ford to replace the intakes free of charge to fleets but not to the general public. Just recently my freeze plugs rusted through and caused my car to overheat. This has been quoted by Ford as a $1300 repair. I called Ford to see about some sort of goodwill warranty and of course anything with goodwill in the equation is definitely something Ford will not do. I currently have 2 years left on the loan for a piece of crap car that isn't even worth half of what I still owe on it. I am really thinking of taking it back to the dealer and parking right in front of the entry way and taking the keys with me and telling them to stick it up their rears. Ford makes the whole car industry look really bad and in no way would I ever buy another Ford. Please help us consumers out and make the game fair between the auto industry and consumers...we are getting ripped off left and right while they keep getting richer and richer.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 252002


  • miles
While driving on a dirt road right front tire got sucked into car. Vehicle swerved, and hit a tree and exploded. Vehicle occupants were able to exit from vehicle.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The wheel bearing seals are defective causing noise in the front end. Nlm

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sway bar / bushing failure.

- Laguna Hil, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Wheel bearing failure.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving the front wheels make an high pitch noise that gets louder the faster consumer drives the vehicle. The dealer has been contacted.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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