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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Mustang engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 312002

Mustang

  • miles

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

Engine accelerated four times at a high RPM from an idle position while the mototr was engaged.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

May 232001

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles
The stalling problem is a major safety hazard. The car stalls when the brake pedal is depressed (in neutral gear). The power steering and power brakes also lose power, causing me to do whatever not to crash. I know of other Mustangs noticing the same problem. My car was serviced at the dealer for this specific problem, but failed to fix it.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 032000

Mustang

  • miles
Engine knocks under load. Knock disappears at idle and low load. Dealer is replaced engine...engine was not dismantled to determine actual cause. Replacement engine installed also blew last week (9/1/2000) and the dealer is ordering a second replacement. I had to purchase an extended warranty with the first replacement and may have to pay some type of deductible with this subsequent replacement. Looking for repeated incidents with the cobra 4.6 engine. Just for clarification, the dealer has been more than helpful in attempting to resolve the problem, but the engines being delivered appear to be remanufactured engines.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #14

Jul 032000

Mustang

  • miles

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

Engine knocks under load. Knock disappears at idle and low load. Dealer is replaced engine...engine was not dismantled to determine actual cause. Replacement engine installed also blew last week (9/1/2000) and the dealer is ordering a second replacement. I had to purchase an extended warranty with the first replacement and may have to pay some type of deductible with this subsequent replacement. Looking for repeated incidents with the cobra 4.6 engine. Just for clarification, the dealer has been more than helpful in attempting to resolve the problem, but the engines being delivered appear to be remanufactured engines.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 242000

Mustang

  • miles
While traveling at approx. 25 mph driver proceeded to make a right hand turn when in the curve vehicle suddenly lost all power. Engine quit, driver had no control over steering or brakes. Accident occurred striking two vehicles. 2 cars determined to be totalled, 3rd car being evaluated for loss. Outdoor temps were noted to be in high ninety's to low 100's. cause of engine shut down unknown at this time, but possible vapor lock problem may have existed.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #12

Mar 252000

Mustang

  • miles
I have had my vehicle at brandon Ford for the same problem four different times. They are very rude and short and I feel like I wasted $17000.

- Dade City, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 272000

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles

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

While consumer is traveling 40 mph or less with the clutch in or out in neutral the vehicle stalls, dealer has been unable to rectify the problem. Nlm

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 011999

Mustang

  • miles
I have made numerous attempts to solve this situation and no one seems to want to be of assistance please contact me as soon as possible. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 011999

Mustang

  • miles
I have made numerous attempts to solve this situation and no one seems to want to be of assistance please contact me as soon as possible. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles
While applying the brakes vehicle would stall without indications. Dealer has been contacted.

- Lanett, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jun 291999

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles

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

On three occasions vehicle experience engine "pinging" when under acceleration or when accessories are used.

- Spring Cit, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 171999

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment after being parked for less than 15 minutes. Fire department indicated it might have been the alternator. Dealer said that vehicle was totaled.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #5

Apr 291999

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles
Consumer was driving at 20-25 mph and suddenly vehicle lost all power. Engine just shut down, leaving consumer with no control of the steering/ ABS system. Went to stop by applying the brakes and crashed over some bumps in the street. Dealer has been contacted.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 201999

Mustang

  • miles
After sitting overnight, upon startup of enigne, a lot of clicking/ticking noises from engine.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 041999

(reported on)

Mustang

  • miles
While driving vehicle caught on fire under the engine. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 251998

Mustang

  • miles
Driving at any speed engine check light keeps coming on. Vehicle loses a lot of fuel. Contacted dealer to see if they would correct the promblem, but they won't. the oil is leaking from the engine.

- Centerclair, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 051998

Mustang

  • miles
While driving and when vehicle coming or slowing down to stop the vehicle would turn off for unknown reason. Vehicle has been in shop for the third time and condition has not been corrected at this time.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

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