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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,320 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 exhaust system problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 042011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 174,200 miles


Failure was immediate, Ford F150 fuel tank straps. While driving down the road apparently the tank straps gave way and the fuel tank dropped. Before coming to a stop and after catching some uneven pavement, fuel tank was pealed open and losing about 8 gallons gas. Fire dept was called and they cleaned up spill. Both straps broke and fuel tank is un-repairable. Updated 08/05/11 the consumer stated he experienced other problems with the vehicle, such as a leaking power steering gear box, brake lines had to be replaced, there was a leak in the 4-wheel drive gear box, the muffler hangers, ball joints, tie rod ends and shocks all had to be replaced. Updated 08/11/1

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 242008

(reported on)

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
1998 Ford F-150 muffler bolts sheared off on both sides. Consumer states that the muffler bolts came off of the engine sides. The consumer stated the transmission was replaced at 90,866 miles, and the rear wheel bearing was replaced.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 262006

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,000 miles
I am one of the thousands of Ford customers with a F150 4.2L V6 1998 that have a blown engine because of a leaky gasket. My truck has 92,000 miles on it, bought it used from a dealer in '05 with 72,000 miles on it. Ran great until I went to start it in the morning one day and white smoke poured out the tail pipe and it knocked like crazy. I have been saving for the past year and a half to get enough money to fix it, when I discovered that this is a problem that stretches across the board.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 262007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


1. normal driving conditions 2. I had 3 spark plugs and 3 coil ejections from cylinder head so far 3. rethreading the cylinder heads with helicoil kits had to buy new spark plugs, and new coils I have one coil and spark plug.

- Lockhart, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 032006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the bolts that hold the exhaust manifold onto the heads and the bolts has rusted. The failure has resulted in an exhaust leak, which has begun to leak into the cap of her vehicle. The failure occurred while driving 5 mph. The bolts must be drilled out in order to be removed. The current mileage is 88,000 and failure mileage was 84,000. Updated 02-01-08 updated 02/01/08

- Cambrige Springs, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle. The mechanic stated that the bolts holding the exhaust manifold rusted, causing the manifold to separate from the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage were 115,000. Update 04/30/07

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 072005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


My truck had a defective manifold gasket, the same problem that so many '97 - '98 F-150 owners have had. (see website: coolant leaked into my engine due to Ford's faulty gasket and ruined the entire system, forcing me to spend $3400 on a new engine. The website mentioned above has had over 45,000 hits, which clearly shows that this is a major problem. Please look into this problem. Ford is fleecing its customers.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 112005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 113,000 miles
Faulty Ford F150 4.2 6 cyl eng lower manifold gasket.

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #2

May 122005


  • miles
The consumer took the truck to the dealer for an inspection. They found an exhaust leak at the exhaust manifold. The dealer claimed that the bolts contained condensation and had rusted out on both sides.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 081999

(reported on)


  • miles
Muffler rattles when on idle.

- Blythe, CA, USA

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