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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,250 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 042003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving vehicle jerked and vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed consumer that upper and lower ball joints were corroded and needed to be replaced.

- New Windsor, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 122004


  • miles
When driving at an undetermined speed steering wheel locked up. Consumer was able to stop the vehicle, and had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that both upper ball joints failed.

- Nunica, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 092004


  • 125,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph and when making a left turn consumer heard a loud popping sound. Then, left side of the vehicle dropped down. Vehicle was towed to consumer's home. The tow truck driver explained that the upper ball joints were worn out, and the axle broke.

- Kunkletown, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 032003


  • 120,000 miles
While driving 30 mph front driver's side upper ball joint broke, causing the tie rods to shoot through the rim. Immediately the vehicle lost control.

- Bremen, IN, USA

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