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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 18
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,022 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Sep 282005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Ford F-150 VIN # [xxx], parked at 9:00 pm on September 27, 2005. At 4:30 am on September 28 neighbor noticed vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Fire dept unable to save the vehicle, it completely burned up. Also damage to the garage in front of where the vehicle was parked and to a 1990 Ford Taurus parked beside of the vehicle. Updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Whitewood, VA, USA

problem #16

Jul 252005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,000 miles
The caller's vehicle caught on fire while sitting still for about 3 hours. The fire department came and a report was taken'. the fire started on the drivers side, and burned through the dashboard. No other property was damaged. Dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted yet.

- Zuni, VA, USA

problem #15

Jul 112005

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Caller said that on July 11, 2005 after 8 hours of sitting still in the driveway the truck caught on fire. Dealer said there was no recall on the truck. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. There was damage to the house and another car. A report was filed with the fire deptartment.

- Colona, IL, USA

problem #14

Apr 102005

F-150

  • 127,400 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Referral from ins co.

- Sandersville, GA, USA

problem #13

May 162005

F-150

  • miles
On 5-16-2005 vehicle caught on fire. The dashboard area was consumed. No warning prior to fire. Had brake serviced shortly before fire. No indication whether it was an electric or fuel fire. Contact stated Ford inspected the vehicle. It was not known at this time what component caused the fire. There was a fire report, and police were present at the scene.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #12

Apr 212005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles
1998 Ford F150 [xxx] extended cab, 4.2L V6 caught fire. Fire started approximate 45 minutes after being driven home. The vehicle was off and unattended when the fire started. Approximately 2 to 3 months prior the cruise stopped working and I began to have intermittent blowing of fuse #13. Fire marshall will document the fire on 4/22/05. Starting point of the fire is unknown. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Hallsville, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 172005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The truck was parked for about one hour when a neighbor alerted the consumer that his truck was on fire. The fire department was called to the scene to extinguish the fire. Vehicle was totaled by the fire. The fire department stated that the cause of the fire was not known, but started at the computer box. Cruise control had stopped working 9 months prior to the fire.

- Central Falls, RI, USA

problem #10

Mar 082005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 230,000 miles
Engine compartment fire.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 132002

F-150

  • miles
Parked vehicle at around 7:20 am and at around 8:30 am the vehicle caught on fire. The fire was coming from the engine compartment on the driver's side. One week prior to the fire the cruise control stopped working. And the brake light came on the dashboard. A couple of days before the fire a fuse blew out, and was replaced one time. The vehicle would not go into park. Stereo and speakers were installed early in 1999 professionally. The fire did not spread to the house. Will mail 35 mm pictures to bruce york.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Ford F-150 1998. The vehicle was parked and without warning it caught on fire. The driver called the fire department to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company. The majority of the fire was on the drivers side of the vehicle under the hood. This incident also damaged a neighboring vehicle due to the fire.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 292004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Spark plugs blew out while vehicle was sitting still. A loud noise was heard. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The plugs were the originals. The consumer stated that the spark plug blew out of the head.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,200 miles
While driving my 1998 F-150 the #2 spark plug ejected itself from the cylinder head. The head does not have enough theads to keep the spark plug from blowing out.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 142003

F-150

  • 25,000 miles
While under warranty, my Ford F150 blew the #2 sparkplug and cylinder head at 25,000 miles. It has happened again with the same cylinder head 60,000 miles later. The repairs will cost me $3000. Ford Motor Co. At this time is unwilling to cover the repairs. This seems to be a serious problem with the 1998 Triton V-8 engines as I am seeing alot of the same complaints being filed.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 122003

(reported on)

F-150

  • 30,000 miles
The spark plugs blew out at 30,000 miles which caused gasoline to spray onto the engine. Consumer bought a new engine. Currently, at 40,000 miles vehicle experienced the same problem.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #3

May 312003

F-150

  • 115,000 miles
When turning on signal headlights shut off. Dealer notified.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 092002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
1998 Ford F-150 super cab with third door. Interior lamps and 'door ajar' indicator lamp stay on when vehicle is driven, running lamps off, whether vehicle is on or off, and all doors a securely closed. This problem goes away on very hot days.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 011999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Vehicle experiences continued electrical problems which cause no start conditions after rainstorms, replacement of the module on several occasions has not corrected problems. Mjs (attorney for consumer).

- Fayettevil, NC, USA

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