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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,600 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.

1998 Ford F-150 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 102005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


While parked for seventy two hours vehicle caught on fire. The fire department stated the cause was undetermined. As a result, the vehicle was considered a total loss.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 142004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
While parked for thirteen hours vehicle caught on fire. The fire department stated that fire started in the engine compartment. Vehicle was considered a total loss.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 132002

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
When vehicle was parked in the driving way it caught on fire and burned completely down.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

May 252003


  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle's engine wires are burning up. Dealer notified.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 022000


  • miles
Vehicle was hit head-on. Upon impact, vehicle exploded, resulting in minor injuries. Dealer has been notified, and the manufacturer will be notified.

- Eldridge, IA, USA

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