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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 272002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle was placed in park and without any warning vehicle jumped out of gear into reverse and rolled backwards.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 062001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When foot is not on brake, vehicle can be shifted into any gear. Ignition would be in between on and off when this occurs. Have taken to dealership, and informed by mechanic all vehicles are designed like that. Consumer states owners manual specifically states that vehicle has interlock safety and the brake must be applied to shift into gear, this caused an accident where vehicle ran into a fence.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 072001


  • miles
Consumer's son got inside of vehicle, turned on ignition switch without stepping on brake pedal and not turning on engine, shifted gear where vehicle was at an incline hill, and vehicle rolled backward, crashing into a fence. Dealer said that was normal on that particular model.

- Roland, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While vehicle was shut off a child accidentally hit transmission shift lever and vehicle rolled, resulting in injuries. Dealer has been notified.

- Claypool, IN, USA

problem #1

May 211999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
For no reason the vehicle would stop and consumer would have an odor as if wires where burning. Took vehicle to dealer twice. The transmission was overhauled. Problem still exists.

- Laredo, TX, USA

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