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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
37 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
55 / 5
Average Mileage:
854 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 7 of 20)

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problem #262

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Consumer recieved recall notice 00T-005 for Firestone Wilderness AT tire (P235/75R15), there was a 40 page waiting list at the local Firestone dealer and the wait was several months, the rf tire had visible cracks in the sidewall, consumer felt it was dangerous to wait several month and had them replaced elsewhere, consumer spent some money out of pocket to replace all five tires and request reimbursement. Nlm

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #261

Oct 102000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Defective Firestone at tire was included in recall and was replaced by consumer, consumer was denied reimbursement under recall 00T-005 because the tire was purchased prior to August 9,2000 and were not purchased on a prorated basis. Nlm

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #260

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone ATX tires (P235/75R15) came as original equipment on vehicle, after hearing of the recall consumer searched many Firestone dealers for replacement tires and could not find any, not one dealer offer to the check tires or serial numbers, only one of consumers tires had the correct serial number for the recall, consumer recieved no notice from Firestone of the recall, consumer wants to be reimbursed for all replaced tires. Nlm

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #259

Sep 192000

Explorer

  • miles

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

Consumer received recall (oot-005) and went to have inspection completed, dealer noticed signs of cracking and said that the tires were included in the recall, however replacement tires were not available, consumer had tires replaced at a Goodyear dealership and wants full reimbursement for expense.

- Leawood, KS, USA

problem #258

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumers Firestone tires were included in recall 00T-005, consumer was put on 2 different Firestone dealers waiting list to wait for tires to arrive, consumer decided to get five new tires from a competitive tire maker and is requesting reimbursement but Firestone stated consumer must bring in old tires to be reimbursed. Nlm

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #257

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer is unhappy with the recall situation because there is not a authorized Firestone dealer in consumers location, consumer wants permission to use a non-Firestone dealer to have the tires replaced. Nlm

- Teton Village, WY, USA

problem #256

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Firestone wilderness tire were included in recall notice 00T-005, dealer had no tires in stock to replace consumer tires and was placed on a waiting list.

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #255

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle came equipped with five Firestone wilderness tires (P235/75R15) consumer feels he should be reimbursed for 2 tires which were replaced prior to recall 00T-005 because of tire noise while driving, consumer was reimbursed for the other three original tires with the vd serial and believes the other two also had the vd serial number. Nlm

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #254

Oct 262000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The Firestone Wilderness AT tires on the vehicle are all experiencing failure, tires are not included in recall oot-005.

- Gilbert, SC, USA

problem #253

Sep 212000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer believes a lesser quality tire was put on in replacement of the Firestone wilderness tires, consumr was also charged for alignment of all the tires which he believes should have been included in the recall. Nlm

- Bono, AR, USA

problem #252

Oct 302000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Vehicle parked. Noticed cracks about 1" from tread on casing. Been to tire retailer & Ford & was informed tires not recalled. Brought different tires for vehicle. Firestone Wilderness AT, original equipment, P235/75R15 with 32,000 miles made at W2 plant.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #251

Oct 182000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
These tires are not part of the recall however I have seen many many complaints about this tire size on the internet. Additionally my tires have cracks along the sidewall where it meets the tread. The Ford dealer has acknowledged this as a problem and has my name on a "list" for when Firestone decided to recall these tires. In the mean time how safe am I....what does one do when no one want's to take responsablity ? help (tiresize: 25570R16)( dot number: Tire size: 25570R16 )

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #250

Oct 182000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
My tires were replaced on 7/27/00; just prior to the Firestone recall, therefore, they are not available for inspection. My spare is still with the vehicle, however, and it does not bear the vd mark. My tires were replaced due to tread separation and steel showing as evidenced by my inspection as well as the inspection of the technician servicing my car. I would like to receive full reimbursement for the tires purchased as well as have my spare replaced with the same type of Goodyear tire. (tiresize: P235/75R15)( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #249

Sep 182000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires P235 75 R15 experienced tread separation.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #248

Jun 112000

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone wilderness ht tires 225 70 R15 experienced tread separation, consumer wants reimbursement.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #247

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires experienced cracking around the tread and sidewalls, consumer wants reimbursement.

- Ocean City, NJ, USA

problem #246

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires experienced cracking around the tread and sidewalls, consumer wants reimbursement.

- Ocean City, NJ, USA

problem #245

Jun 282000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Newspaper has article about families in Florida suiting Ford motors and Firestone about tires. Insured's tire is Firestone wilderness. It blew in acc. (claim# 14-1288-106)

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #244

Jul 052000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tire failure: Firestone all terrain wilderness 235/75/15, tread came off, tire remained inflated, no inj, approx 2 years old, not worn out per Firestone. (claim# 43-R511-299)

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #243

May 262000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tire. Rear driver's tire blew and tire tread just peeled off it. Id lost control and rolled 98 Ford Explorer. Advised of findings and E-mailed information listed in document. (claim# 03-3148-617)

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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