definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,750 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer exhaust system problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 272005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1998 Ford Explorer. While driving the vehicle shut off and was almost involved in a wreck this was the first time this happened. The consumer took the vehicle to dealership, who informed the consumer there were recalls 00M12 and 01M01, but the recalls expired, dealership said they were not official recalls. Ford M said it was the intake manifold gasket.

- Jesup , GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
Since purchasing a used 1998 Ford Explorer I have been blessed with nothing but problems with it. 6 months after purchasing the vehicle my wheel bearings went out and damaged the spindle. This was a $500 expense as the spindle was a dealer part. When I purchased it there were 26000 miles on it...there were about 36000 when the bearings went out...just as the warranty expired. Then, about a year later, the upper air intake manifold got a hole burned in it. Again, Ford couldn't offer me any kind of help and said it was a $800-1000 repair. On a side note, this type of problem was a known issue by Ford. In fact, recalls were made by Ford to replace the intakes free of charge to fleets but not to the general public. Just recently my freeze plugs rusted through and caused my car to overheat. This has been quoted by Ford as a $1300 repair. I called Ford to see about some sort of goodwill warranty and of course anything with goodwill in the equation is definitely something Ford will not do. I currently have 2 years left on the loan for a piece of crap car that isn't even worth half of what I still owe on it. I am really thinking of taking it back to the dealer and parking right in front of the entry way and taking the keys with me and telling them to stick it up their rears. Ford makes the whole car industry look really bad and in no way would I ever buy another Ford. Please help us consumers out and make the game fair between the auto industry and consumers...we are getting ripped off left and right while they keep getting richer and richer.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 042003


  • miles
Front end felt loose and vehicle was veering to the right due to cracked ball joints. Engine check light appeared, and a red brown liquid was leaking from driver's side because power steering rack was defective. Also, dealer replaced timing gear, and upper and lower intake manifolds.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #1

Apr 152000

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine manifold leaking. Engine check light warning light is on. Parts have been on back order from Ford for over 2 months. The dealer says this is most likely a possible recall problem, but can not give specifics. We have concerns about driving vehicle with warning lights on for a prolonged period of time.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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