really awful
Crashes / Fires:
22 / 24
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,801 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #111

Jul 312005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,236 miles


Routine travel, coming to intersection when throttle stuck and vehicle proceeded through intersection. Brakes applied, but due to the high acceleration the vehicle would not stop. Put vehicle in neutral and turned off ignition to stop vehicle. Once vehicle stopped and waited for a few seconds, everything resumed as usual. After researching issue, this vehicle is experiencing the same issues as in recall numbers: 00S58 & 99S09.

- Kingston Springs, TN, USA

problem #110

Feb 032005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
After starting the vehicle and the vehicle was in gear it had to be given more gas because the throttle body was sticking. Owner contacted the dealer and the manufacturer. Because of the mileage on the vehicle they will do nothing about the problem. The throttle continues to stick causing unsafe driving conditions.

- English, IN, USA

problem #109

Sep 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,317 miles
When the consumer place the gear in drive or reverse, the throttle became stuck, as a result the vehicle lurched forward. Please provide additional information. Throttle sticks after starting the vehicle. Additional force is required to depress the throttle, which results in th vehicle lurching. The sticking throttle makes it very difficult to maneuver there vehicle in tight spots such as parking areas. Ford dealer was notified but said the vehicle was past the extended warranty for this problem. The problem occurred again between 30000-35000 miles and was repaired under warranty.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #108

Jul 262004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,930 miles


When pressing on the brake pedal, the vehicle surged forward. This caused the consumer's vehicle to rear-end another vehicle. The consumer rear-ended a harley davidson motorcycle.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #107

Jul 152004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably. The driver placed both feet on the brake pedal the vehicle continue to accelerated. The driver shift the vehicle in neutral and turn the vehicle off and was able to coasted the vehicle to the shoulder. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the problem could not be duplicated. The driver informed the mechanic recall number(99V062001) was for this vehicle based on the problem with driver vehicle. Also the mechanic informed the driver the is recall was not available for this vehicle. A representative would be down to make that determination. Please fill in additional information.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #106

May 102004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated in full throttle when brakes was released. As a result, vehicle was involved in a frontal crash. No report of airbag deployment. Dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #105

Oct 092003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


The accelerator pedal would stick causing sudden acceleration. This will eventually get someone killed. Ford should recall vehicle. The vehicle would surge when the brakes were applied. The problem remained the same. The reverse lights were inoperative, the heater control valve was replaced, the left rear brake light was replaced.. surges into oncoming traffic with brakes on. The consumer received a response from NHTSA that indicated that review of the evidence during the investigation concluded that there was insufficient evidence to include the 1998 Ford Explorer 5.0 liter engine in the scope of recall 00V-422.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #104

Jul 032003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning four wheel drive will engage on its own, causing vehicle to suddenly accelerate.

- Rustburg, VA, USA

problem #103

Apr 132003


  • 53,000 miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #102

Dec 022002

(reported on)


  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 00V422000; throttle body; this part was replaced under warranty by a Ford dealership June 1999. The recall came out in 2000 which the owner was declined the recall repair because he had the work done in June. The truck is now again having the failure which the manufacture and dealership are giving any assistance.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #101

Oct 312002


  • miles


Car excelerated to wide open at stop light, both feet were on brake, could not stop. Car went through intersection, luckily no one was hurt.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #100

Nov 072002


  • miles
While pulling inside of a parking space. Without prior warning the vehicle jump forward and accelerated and hit a palm tree. Please provide additional information. Dealer is aware of the problem.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #99

Jul 062002


  • miles
The welding that holds the gas pedal to the firewall broke. The gas pedal dropped to the floor attached to the cable and did not function.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #98

Jan 022002


  • miles
While driving at 70 mph throttle got stuck and vehicle was stuck at consumer could not slow down. In 1999 consumer had throttle replaced due to a recall, but remedy did not work. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Wister, VT, USA

problem #97

Jan 012002


  • miles
When at a complete stop vehicle will start to accelerate without consumer pressing on gas. Contacted dealer.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #96

Sep 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle accelerates while consumers foot is on the brake pedal, it will accelerate when going forward and when going in reverse with the wheel turned, dealer installed a throttle plate, however that did not remedy the problem, they also installed a battery that did not remedy the problem.

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #95

Dec 252001


  • miles
Recall 00 V 422 000/throttle: Vehicle would run rough when starting up in morning and stalled intermittently. Dealer and manufacturer were notified, and informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under recall due to VIN. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #94

Oct 312001


  • miles
While vehicle was moving in reverse at an unknown speed engine suddenly accelerated, and crashed into a parked bus. Vehicle accelerated to an unknown speed, and traveled approximately 15 feet before the crash. Vehicle has not been examined by a mechanic to determine cause of the problem. Consumer experienced back pains since this incident. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #93

Jul 312001


  • miles
Engine goes dead on acceleration. Vehicle will completely shut down and must be restarted. It is often long periods of time between repair visit and next failure. To date this is still occurrina and is a very dangerous condition. The potential of casing a serious accident is very likely. This has happened numerous times when pulling out into the traffic flow.this has been reported numerous times and I have documentation were the problem has been worked on since 8-26-99. Failures are sporadic and to date they have been unable to duplicate the problem and unable to repair. The dealer has been cooperative however that have not been able to repair. They have replaced intake manifolds, checked fuel pumps, timing chain tensioner and many other things but have not been able to correct the problemt.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #92

Aug 042001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle stalled after exiting highway. I stopped at exit and vehicle stalled when accelerating, vehicle restarted but would stall when put into gear. After sitting for several hours vehicle restarted with no record of any error codes. High potential for accident because I was pulling out into traffic when vehicle failed, I was able to put the vehicle into neutral and coast into a nearby parking lot with no powering steering or brakes. I had been driving on the highway for approx 4 hours. Took vehicle to Ford service center and they were unable to identify the problem, no repair was done. This was the third time the vehicle had stalled on acceleration, but the first time it would not restart.

- Saint Johns, MI, USA

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