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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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 252002

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • miles


Only 55,000 miles of highway usage no hauling/off road axle and bearings must be replaced.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #4

May 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states the transmission keeps going from overdrive to a higher gear as if it does not know what gear it is supposed to be in, also the rear axle seal was replaced at 60,000 miles due to it leaking.

- New Market, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 072001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Rear axel broke.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 211999

(reported on)


  • miles
When applying the brakes the pedal went to the floor, the driver tried to pump the brakes, but vehicle kept going. Owner had to use emergency brakes to stop the vehicle. Dealer said the axle bent, causing the brakes to go out.

- Courtlland, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 031998


  • miles
Consumer said that his truck is all messed up due to transaxle failure.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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