hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,333 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.

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1998 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 232008

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


All locking door mechanism's have failed and I have spent money to repair them. The rear hatch lock is no longer operating unless the key is in the lock and then, only sporadically. The driver's side handle, has broken off twice and been replaced twice. I was unable to open the door with the engine was off, thereby effectively "trapping" me in the vehicle. In an emergency, I would not have been able to exit the car and remove myself from any potential danger. In order to exit the car, I had two options, either climb out over the center console or put the key back in the ignition, turn on the vehicle, lower the power window and open the car from the outside, I opted for the second solution until I was able to order a second new door handle and replace it.

- Sandia, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 032000

(reported on)


  • miles
I have a vehicle that has serious safety problems, the manufacturer has attempted to repair the defects on a number of occasions but I am left with a vehicle that is unsafe. The NHTSA website shows several listings of the same problems I have encountered: NHTSA item # SB613200 NHTSA item # SB605343 NHTSA item # SB613320 all items pertaining to engine hesitation. My vehicle is a safety hazard when this intermittent condition occurres, when pulling into the flow of traffic or crossing across traffic the vehicle may leave me as a "sitting duck". another persistant problem that I have is a driveline vibration.after replacing the defective tires (Firestone Wilderness AT) at my expence, the vibration still exists especially under a towing load.this problem also was attempted to be repaired, on more than one occasion, by the manufacturer but I am left with a vehicle that feels as if the transmission/rear end is about to fall apart. I think the manufacturer has issued a service bulletin for this vibration caused by rear end/transmission defects of it's trucks but I have not been able to obtain it. If you can assist me in any way please contact me. Thank you.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 282000

(reported on)


  • miles
Driver's door has pulled away from the frame of vehicle, causing the door not to properly close.

- Miami, FL, USA

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