really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
140,510 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new transmission (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 282007

Explorer XLT 4.0L 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,031 miles


I really loved that truck when it worked right ,would go through any amount of snow and never got stuck, but when the tranny stared to slip and just went, like that, never made it home. I thought ok I'll get it rebuilt and then I know what I have. 6 month later it happen again and the tranny guy told me that a small plastic part inside broke and had to be rebuilt. He only charged me half price this time, nice of him.

One year later it happen again and spoke to the tranny guy and he said that the problems is that Ford put in a small tranny "experiment for that year". I tried to get hold of Ford but no reply. So I sold it and never again will I deal with Ford. They have lost my business and my son in law had the same problem with his truck, he also will not deal with Ford again.

- , Brookfield, NS, Canada

problem #2

May 232012

Explorer LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,000 miles

This is the 2nd Ford Explorer that I have had the transmission go. I had no warning this time! I never took the old saying for anything other than Chevy lovers making fun, but now I am really seriously thinking about that. Found On the Road DEAD. Exactly where my car is now.

- , Stanley, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 272012

Explorer XLT 5 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,500 miles

I have always had fords and had good luck with them. Way too few miles on this car to have a complete transmission failure. I also have a 2002 Ranger Pickup that needed a new transmission at 65000 miles, that is a manuel transmission. I really hate the idea of buying a foreign vehicle, but if the U.S. car companies are going to make garbage i will have to go that route.

- , Longmont, CO, USA

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