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7.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,766 miles

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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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Defective tires, hood latch, seat latch, cruise control, rear window wiper, etc... the consumer stated the hood latch, seat recliner, cruise control and tires were all recalled. The rear windshield wiper and passenger power window were inoperative.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #9

May 152002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,657 miles
Back in May 2002 my drivers door lock stuck in the locked position it has power locks and I could not get it unlocked unless I pulled the lock button up while I pressed the power lock and unlock switch open an close a multiple amount of times.I brought it to a Ford dealer and had it fixed, it cost me $219.35 nit was the door lock actuator that needed to be replaced, it has been 1 year almost to the day and it failed again. I think is a big saftey problem because if there is a fire or there is an accident and the automobile ends up in a lake or river the door lock can get stuck locked and a person could get stuck in the automobile.

- Ipswich, MA, USA

problem #8

May 012001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Trunk door will not shut properly. Consumer is able to slide his hand in while door is shut. Consumer contacted dmv and found out vehicle had been in an accident, consumer specifically asked for a vehicle that had not been damaged, however dealer sold it to him anyway, consumer feels deceived and is experiencing multiple problems with vehicle. Radio is inoperative at times. Hatch rubs agains frame of vehicle. Taillight and headlight are out of alignment, fog lights had lamp failure. Vehicle experiences problems with absorbing road shock, vehicle pulls to right. Check engine light illuminates, vehicle experiences low power. Rear power window motor failed. Power antenna failed. Right windshield wiper interior garnish molding loose, rear wiper blade skips center of glass, dealer replaced rear wiper arm and blade assembly. Steering gear assembly replaced due to noisy. Bumper not even.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #7

Jan 292001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

When trying to lower power windows and turn dome lights on they did not work, also, windshield wipers would not work at any time. Dealer has been contacted, and technician cant duplicate problem.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #6

Sep 301998

Explorer

  • miles
Electrical windows switch failed. Mjs

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 011998

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Power window switch failed.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Power windows failed on three occasions.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 101998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Throttle pedal continually sticks when initially engaged in either drive or reverse. Causes lunge in direction of travel if driver unaware of defect. Submitted to dealer twice, still not repaired. Poor seatbelt design has driver's seatbelt continually stuck in drivers door upon exit from vehicle. Rear passenger window scrapes and makes noise during operation. Dealer did not fix when initially brought up after initial purchase. ABS light intermittently appears during driving. Dealer noted code of 1924 but had no response for problem. Not resolved. Dissapointed with quality of vehicle for $$ paid.

- Chattaroy, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 111998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down the highway, the rear back window blew out for no apparent reason. Consumer has contacted the dealer. Dealer did not replace window, a window repair shop replaced the window.

- Billa Rica, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 151998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Rack and pinion steering was replaced 2X for a griding noice that is still hear...car has been in the shop for a total of over 45 days for warentee work drivers window constantly rattles. Window gate has been replaced numerous times to no help. Fuel pump failed and was replaced

- Rochester, NY, USA

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