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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,567 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 Ranger body / paint problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 302013

Ranger 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Spare tire fell off while driving. Entire frame is rusting. Gas tank about to fall off. Truck only has 115000 miles"??"

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #10

Mar 012012

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
My 1998 Ranger will not pass state inspection again due to frame rust. Not just in the rear but all over. The rest of the truck is in good shape.

- Dover-Foxcroft, ME, USA

problem #9

Sep 072010

Ranger

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the frame was completely rusted. The dealer was notified of the failure but did not return the contacts call. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 125,348.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 232011

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 118,214 miles

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

I have a 1998 Ford Ranger extended cab, my frame hast rusted through causing my bed to be unattached.

- Windsor, VT, USA

problem #7

Jun 112010

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
The frame on my 1998 Ford Ranger is basically rusted through. My brother's 1999 Ford Ranger had to have the frame replaced due to excessive rust.

- Hallstead, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 302011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 84,728 miles
Spare tire carried under truck completely rusted away and spare fell on highway and rear frame completely rusting away. Original rims had to be changed also because they rusted so bad wouldn't hold air.

- Vassalboro, ME, USA

problem #5

May 202011

Ranger

  • 188,000 miles

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

Frame on my 1998 Ford Ranger rusted into at the rear spring shackles, and bumper. I have never had a truck to do this. The steel crossmember that runs behind the cab over the gas tank from side to side is also completely gone from rusting away. They must have received a bad batch of steel when making this year. The spare tire holder is also rusted away, placed the spare tire in the bed so that it would not fall off when traveling down the highway. I suspect that this was very common for this year.

- Lyons, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 302010

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 148,300 miles
1998 Ford Ranger with frame rust. Rear shackles have rusted and fallen off.

- Westminster, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009

Ranger

  • 80,000 miles
The rear bumper in my 1998 Ford Ranger (80K miles) is about to fall off, as the rear of the frame is rusted & broken. I have cables holding it on now. I found this out after the rear leaf spring shackle & bracket rusted off the frame and broke in two. The spare tire also looks like it is about to fall off from rusted brackets. I did an internet search and found that there are probably thousands of Ford Ranger in which the rear bumper actually did fall off, or the spare fell off while driving. This problem seems to be much worse that the Toyota trucks. In fact someone said that the Ford frames were bought at the same factory as the Toyota's, but I do not know fore sure. Everything else on my truck is in beautiful condition, not a speck of rust on the body, and it runs great. I bought it brand new.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jun 301998

Ranger

  • miles
Frame members and body are defective. The machanic repositioned/welded the frame because of a noise, dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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