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7.1

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,182 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 142005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

Contact stated that right after purchasing the vehicle he had replace the brakes, tires, fuel filter, the fuel injection was cleaned, the anti lock sensors where replaced, the windshield was replaced. The air bags are also deployed. While driving the vehicle it vibrates on the left side. He took the vehicle to a mechanic they put the vehicle on a rack trying to line the vehicle. It would not line up. They found that the ball joints bad, also the motor mounts are broken. The mechanic told him that the frame is bent beyond repair.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 302003

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front windshield detached from the adhesive. The dealer/manufacturer had been notified and refused to repair because the vehicle was out of warranty. Mr scc

- Heppner, OR, USA

problem #9

Aug 242002

Explorer

  • miles
Front windshield frame is corroded from inside out, and it could cause consumer to have visibility problems. Dealer notified.

- Woodstock, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 172002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When making turns, especially right turns, vehicle slides and almost turns over.. consumer states vehicle is experiencing acceleration problems, and there was a humming noise coming from the engine, signals are not working, dealer replaced a defective connector and multi-function switch, Firestone tires have experienced tread separation, which were replaced in July 2001, the rear seats move/bounce when driving, the rear seat belts were inoperative, the dealer replaced the buckles, there was smoke coming from the steering column, dealer replaced the multi-function switch, the windshield was chipped, the alarm would not chut off at times, dealer replaced a bad loose wire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 052001

Explorer

  • miles
Windshield was leaking for about 4 months, then consumer was driving slammed on brakes and windshield separated from frame.

- Beverly Hills, MI, USA

problem #6

May 111999

Explorer

  • miles
Also experiencing right flood light failure. This is the 3rd bulb replacement. I, the customer would like some resolution to these problems. The vehicle cost too much to experience these many problems.( dot number: 274 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 091999

Explorer

  • miles

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

Windshield had cracked while vehicle was parked. No sign of problem before or of being hit by stones/rocks. Crack started at top, near roof, & spread downward in middle.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Window failed. Nlm

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 141998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left rear window inoperative. Nlm

- Santa Moni, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 161999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle had a pinhole in the corner of windshield through which debris entered, and caused windshield to crack. This may have resulted in injuries.

- Raliegh, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 141998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph the side window on the driver's side shattered onto the road. Cause unknown. Consumer states that the large glass panel flew off the vheicle, the service manager stated that the window was never bolted on, it was only glued.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

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