definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,462 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 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 302014


  • miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the high beams warning light illuminated continuously even after the engine was shut off. The failure recurred whenever the engine was started. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician diagnosed that the headlight module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Gordon , WI, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 082003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,850 miles
Mulifunction switch on 1998 Ford Explorer eddie bower 2wd smoking and required replacement. Mfs began smoking after starting the vehicle, potentially causing a fire hazard. No fires reported after numerous vehicle starts, however, smoke becoming more prevelant after each vehicle start. Vehicle was driveable. Mfs was replaced.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022000


  • miles
While visiting the NHTSA web site I found a recall on Ford exp. NHTSA campaign id number: 97V215000 my Explorer does not fit the recall but the same thing happens, no chime and also no interior light. I always thought I was doing something wrong. Could the problem be more wide spread than NHTSA or Ford think. Thanks for the opportunity to report.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

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