definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,250 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 142009


  • 165,000 miles


Was driving the 98 Expedition we just bought and the spark plug blew and broke the coil off. Which come to find out could have even caught fire. With me having 7 kids to put in car that is more then a little worry for me and I risk my kids life putting them in this vehicle and not aware that this motor does this and can cause such a bad risk. There for Ford should have to pay some how for the lives they could have taking. Because of there motors and they haven't even recalled this problem that so many people have with them. We buy cars to put our family in looking at its safety rating and no one thinks they would have to worry about there motor literally catching fire. Which mine could have with my kids in side. Im am very upset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Edgar Springs, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 032000

(reported on)


  • miles
The fuel tank is placed in such a manner that when the vehicle is driven up hill (or is parked facing up hill) the fuel gauge will register up to a quarter tank more than on a flat surface, and when travelling down hill (or when parked facing down hill) the gas gauge will register up to a quarter tank less than on a flat surface. The result is that when travelling or being parked on a down hill surface the vehicle will either not start or run out of gas, despite the fact that the vehicle has a quarter tank of gasoline. I contacted a Ford dealer in glendale when I first experienced the problem, but they only responded that this is the vehicle's design. The dealer also provided me with a technical service bulletin acknowledging Ford's knowledge of the gas tank fluctuation problem. The reason I am now, and once again, making this an issue is that I recently, due to the gas tank fluctuation, ran out of gas while driving down hill, despite a quarter tank reading on the gas gauge while travelling on a level surface. I strongly urge NHTSA to perform a safety analysis on this gas tank defect. A vehicle which becomes inoperative while driving down hill is truly an unsafe vehicle.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 061998

(reported on)


  • miles
Fuel gauge reads 1/8 of a tank or less and vehicle runs out of gas.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 151998

(reported on)


  • miles
When driving vehicle if the gas gauge is below 1/4, the vehicle stops. Before the last repair, this happend if the gauge was below 1/2 tank. Consumer took vehicle to Ford dealership for repairs 4 to 5 times since November 14, 1997. Three days after consumer bought vehicle. The dealership has replaced gas gauges, and the last time they replaced the fuel sending unit.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

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