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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 30
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,234 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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1998 Ford F-150 engine problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Dec 132004


  • 103,000 miles


While vehicle was parked a fire started under the hood. Vehicle was totaled. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #7

Feb 012005


  • 104,000 miles
The consumer parked the vehicle around 5:00pm and around 8:00pm he was alerted that there was a fire. The fire was coming from the engine compartment on the drivers side. The fire was more towards the rear of the engine compartment. Prior to the fire on 12/1/04 the cruise control stopped working. The only other problem was that a fuse blew that kept the consumer from getting the vehicle out of park. The fuse was replaced. No aftermarket equipment that was electrical. No structure involved. Have photos that will be E-mailed to bruce york. Insured by farm bureau insurance ploicy #AP4818406 731-285-1275 randy brooks.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #6

Jan 052005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
When driving with the cruise control engaged excessive heat comes from the buttons. The cause has yet to be determined. The consumer is concerned that the cruise control compartment will over heat and the vehicle will catch fire. Please provide additional information.

- Brookshire, TX, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jan 292003


  • 119,972 miles
Cruise control deactivation switch failed.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152002


  • miles
Consumer states that the cruise control button does not work. Dealer notified.

- Warsaw, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012000

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The horn and cruise control do not work. According to many website postings the two are related. Evidently there is a so called "spring clip" in the steering column that needs replacing- cost is around $300. This is quite a common problem on the F-series pickups. I can put a fuse in and it will short when I use the horn.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302002

(reported on)


  • miles
The uneven idle is dangerous. I've had it repaired twice. I have been at a full stop with my foot on the brake and had the car idle up so suddenly and violently that the car jumps forward 2 feet before I can stop it. I have almost hit pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle on several occaisions. I have to put the truck in park at stoplights or apply very heavy pressure to the brake to prevent this from happening. I've called Ford, taken it to three different dealers for repair, and the mechanic's all acknowledge they've seen the problem before on this truck but the central customer care people claim to have no record.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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