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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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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1997 Ford Aspire electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Ford Aspire Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 142001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving radio, and all electrical powered units went out. Smoke was noticed coming from under hood. Vehicle was pulled over, and there was a fire under hood that appeared to start near wire harness. Fire was put out by fire department. Ford has not been contacted.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 042000


  • miles
While traveling on the highway during rush hour at 15 mph or less ABS light & air bag light started blinking. Also, radio went dead and vehicle stopped running. Noticed smoke from hood. Towed to dealer, and was informed of an electrical meltdown.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 291997


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle caught on fire under the hood. Vehicle was off for about 1 1/2 hours, owner noticed the check engine light on, on 26 of Aug of 97. Owner took the vehicle into the dealer on the 26 th of Aug. 97 to have it serviced. The dealer said that it was the sensor, and that it was okay to drive the vehicle. The vehicle is at the dealer.

- El Centro, CA, USA

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