really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 022002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving, rear axle broke on driver's side. Consumer lost control, causing a vehicle roll over. Driver injured.

- Lake Port, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 022002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
April 2, 2002, while driving on a flat, straight freeway, the rear driver's side axle broke. The tire came off the car and sailed through the air. I lost control of vehicle immediately, resulting in a severe skid and vehicle roll-over. Crash resulted in driver sustaining large bump on head from roof collapse and a concussion. Numerous cuts, bruises, and severe muscle stress/strain of neck, shoulders and back. Also received deep contusion on chest due to seat belt retraction. I feel blessed to be alive to make this report. 2 weeks after accident still experiencing body pain. I can just now talk about the roll-over without crying. My family and myself have been through hell. Vehicle is a total loss.

- Lakeport, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 212001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I feel this SUV is very unsafe Ford and dealership state otherwise. No safety defect recorded.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 032000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Axle failure.

- Kensington, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 261999


  • miles
Rr axle shaft broken, resulting in loss of control, vehicle ran off the road and overturned. (N.C. crash report)

- Franklinton, NC, USA

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