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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,667 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 062011


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30-70 mph, the vehicle would loose power but the engine would continue to run. The vehicle would eventually stall but was able to be restarted after several minutes. In addition, the wiper blades would also fail and would not operate as they should when inclement weather arose. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised the contact that the wiring in the entire vehicle needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 072009


  • miles
Wipers works when they want too. Power windows work when they want too. The interior lights works when they want too.

- Pippa Passes, KY, USA

problem #1

May 032005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The blend door, plenum, that controls the tempature of the air coming into the cabin is broken in the same place that many others have experienced. This will not allow heated air to come from the defroster vents resulting in a safety issue.failure date given is approximate.

- Islip Terrace, NY, USA

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