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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,667 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

body / paint problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012012


  • 131,000 miles


Rear section of frame that hold spare tire fell off while driving, tire and frame section just missed a vehicle behind me, at this same time the frame broke off just in front of the rear spring hanger on the driver side.

- Sangerville, ME, USA

problem #2

Nov 102004

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The cab of my 1998 Ford Ranger truck leaks when it rains. At first, I thought it was the seal over the passenger door, but the water is running in the cab above the rear window and the seal is tight on the window. As far as I can tell, the water is getting in along the seam of the cab roof just behind the door on both sides of the cab. The water has found its way up into the felt and roof insulation and left water marks but (thankfully) no separation of the roof felt from the cab body yet. I did use ge silicone caulk to fill in the seams on the outside of the cab, and it did reduce the amount of water getting in, but yesterday it rained and I noticed that the water is still getting in on the passenger side of the cab roof. I really don't know how to fix this problem. I have inspected the door seals and they seem pliable and firmly affixed to the body of the truck. The truck has 61,000 miles on it and I am the only driver. If there is a recall for this, I would really appreciate knowing because the water has resulted in two shorts in the truck's interior lighting causing me to pull the fuse for the interior lights. When the cab gets wet inside, the "door ajar" light stays on and the interior lights will not shut off when L turn the truck off. The removal of the fuse, although giving a remedy to the dome light problem, has made it difficult to drive the truck at night with no interior lights on the floor or dome. Quite frankly, I am concerned about a fire with all this dampness in the cab.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states his father in law had an accident with his 1998 Ford Ranger and had it to roll over 4 times, breaking his neck. Consumer also states his father in law lived but he thinks it is the structure of the truck that caused the was the fact that Ford manufacturer took B pillar out of the 2001 model.

- Conway, AR, USA

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