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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.

1998 Ford Escort electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 092001


  • miles


While in motion, the vehicle suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. The mechanic informed consumer that the ignition module had caused a surge of electrical power that impacted the alternator and caused the vehicle to stop. Consumer is requesting reimbursement of monies paid.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 252001


  • miles
Car stalls while accelarating from low speed -0-5mph, car has stalled while on 605 freeway while traveling at low speed, starts after waiting about 20 min. Have reported to servic dept. Cannot find anything wrong.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 112001


  • miles
The ignition key and lock were extremely hot to touch when consumer went to turn the engine off, vehicle was taken to dealership and they could not explain what may have caused the problem, consumer was informed that there were no recalls.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

Jan 102001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle continuosly stalls out at highway speeds. Consumer must pull over and wait about 5 minutes to restart vehicle. Consumer has taken vehicle to dealer twice, but dealer cannot determine cause. There was a recall on emission and service was done by the dealer prior to the stalling problem.

- Hernando Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 231999


  • miles
Rough idle in cold weather. Spark plugs replaced to eliminate failure.

- Versailles, IL, USA

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