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8.0

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,850 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger accessories - interior problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 162002

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The contact stated while driving his 1998 Ford Ranger the interior doom light came on and off frequently. The vehicle was repaired on several occasions, but the problem recurred.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #19

Apr 222004

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I had to replace all four door jam switches due to switches getting gummed up and failing. Also latches on the bottom of the rear doors where the switch is mounted had alot of corosion on them.

- Morgantown, KY, USA

problem #18

Jan 212004

(reported on)

Ranger

  • 32,000 miles
Door was ajar and light came on intermittently. It was repaired once, but has recurred.

- Pomona, KS, USA

problem #17

Mar 122001

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

While driving at night, the driver was unable to see the ashtray because vehicle did not have a light near the ashtray. Owner has contacted the dealership. The dealership had no option to add a light to the ashtray. The consumer purchased led lights and installed them himself. Consumer feels any vehicle equipped with an ashtray should have lighting to make it visible.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #16

May 092002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
We have had nothing but problems with the door ajar light and dome light staying on, plus the wipers are irradic and the windows will sometimes go down on their own. It was fixed once and now it's has started doing the same thing again. It seems to me there are an awful lot of similar complaints out there on this very same item and I feel Ford should have to recall this vehicle to correct the situation. I called them and asked if this would be something they would fix seeing as it's one of their mechanical defects and they replied with a 'no'. I am to the point that I just want to get rid of this vehicle. I also noted they have a mention of how this vehicles leans. That is also true. My Ranger leans. I think this truck is a true lemon.

- Advance, IN, USA

problem #15

Oct 302001

Ranger

  • miles
Interior light will stay on even w/all doors closed, door ajar light shows on dash, did hear popping noise from under dash, when lights did go off after 10 minutes of driving, parked vehicle in P-lot at work with light still on, went to check an hour later the light was off, seems to happen randomly.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

problem #14

Jun 012000

Ranger

  • miles

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

Interior dome light fails to turn off when door shut/"door ajar" light stays on while door is shut.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 012001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door will not register as being closed while vehicle is in operation. Dash sensor states that "door is ajar" when door is closed. Also, dome light will come on and off while going around turns. The door is ajar stays on sometime and goes off in a while at other time.

- Havolock, NC, USA

problem #12

Jan 012001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door will not register as being closed while vehicle is in operation. Dash sensor states that "door is ajar" when door is closed. Also, dome light will come on and off while going around turns. The door is ajar stays on sometime and goes off in a while at other time.

- Havolock, NC, USA

problem #11

Aug 012000

Ranger

  • miles
Dome light stays while consumer is driving. Then, it may go off after an hour. Dealer can't find cause.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 282001

Ranger

  • miles

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

Consumer's second vehicle is experiencing the same problem with door ajar light and courtesty light staying on,

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 062001

Ranger

  • miles
Door ajar and light staying on for 45 minutes or more before shuting off. Dealer/manufacturer notified. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter. A seal in the transmission keeps leaking and has been replaced twice, place where car was purchased is going to replace vehicle because in order to fix the problem, the transmission, computer chip, and driveshaft would have to be replaced.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 202000

Ranger

  • miles
The information I have provided is in regard to the interior dome light of my vehicle. I drive mostly at night and in the early morning hours. The dome light will not turn off in a reasonable time frame. I have driven home from work on a few occassions with the dome light on the whole way. The light gets very hot and it makes seeing out of the rearview mirror difficult at best. I am concerned that this could lead to a vehicle accident or worse, a vehicle fire while I am driving down the freeway. This does not happen all the time, but often enough to cause concern. Thank you.

- Hogansville, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 011999

Ranger

  • miles
Door ajar - false reading. Dome light stays on with door closed.

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152000

Ranger

  • miles
Dome light stays on all time. A couple of times smoke came from dome. Truck has been seen by dealership about 4 or 5 times. Light stays off for a day or two, and comes right back on. Please list any other information.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #5

May 192000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
The fuses for the interior lights fail constantly.

- Garnervill, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 092000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Door ajar light stays on which causes the interior lights to stay on and up to 40 minutes. Contacted dealer. They have cleaned the switch and replaced interior lights. But, vehicle still has the identical problem.

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 011999

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Clutch slave cylinder bolts came out knocking hole through transmition case.transmission cross member had to be cut out after speed nuts broke loose.heater failed three times.thermostat replaced twice didn't help.bolts holding cooling fan on came out.switch for dome light failed, and brake rotors warped.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012000

Ranger

  • miles
The dome light has failed within a year of the original repair, shop claimed it was a common defect. Have an E-mail from Ford's customer service urging me to have the problem fixed for my own safety among other reasons.

- Seminole, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 162000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
The dome light and door ajar light stay on when the door is closed. Happens intermittently. Dealer would not address issue until it was constant.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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