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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,404 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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1998 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 162010

Crown Victoria

  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact took the vehicle for inspection and was advised by the independent mechanic that the intake manifold gasket was leaking antifreeze. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 114,000.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 182007

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicle was taken to the dealer because the contact was informed of a safety recall. The dealer stated that the intake manifold failed. All of the engine coolant leaked from the reservoir. The copper tubing connected to the intake that went to the reservoir failed and caused the vehicle to begin steaming. The purchase date, powertrain, and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 60,078 and failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 03-25-08 updated 03/25/08

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 132007

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,281 miles
Intake manifold thermostat housing ( of composite material) on a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX engine, cracked causing coolant to leak, and subsequently the engine to overheat. Car was brought to dealership for repair at a cost of $1055.18. Ford provided a recall to repair this defect to "commercial" users (police, taxis etc.), however Ford did not extend this coverage to individual owners of cars beyond the 1997 model year Ford Crown Victoria LX.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012004

Crown Victoria

  • miles


The vehicle's intake manifold cracked. The vehicle ran rough. The vehicle received a tune up and it still ran rough and leaked fumes. The manifold was made of plastic. A metal manifold installed.

- Benld, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 182005

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles
The vehicle was leaking fluid from the intake manifold onto the engine. This vehicle was not included in the recall,

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 192004

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles
The intake manifold cracked. The consumer was concerned that the vehicle will catch on fire. The spark plugs and wires were replaced. The vehicle continued to run rough. As the vehicle was warmed, the dealer noticed that the intake manifold was leaking gasoline/oxygen fumes.

- Benld, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 252004

Crown Victoria

  • 96,000 miles
Intake manifold failed. As a result, stress cracks developed which caused coolant to leak. A recall was issued, however, this vehicles was not included since the recall only affected police vehicles.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 052004

Crown Victoria

  • 51,453 miles
Intake manifold developed cracks because of a factory design flaw. When this occurred vehicle lost coolant.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

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