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6.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,000 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 electrical problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 312006

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

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

My 1998 Ford Ranger caught fire on July 31, 2006. The truck had been parked in front of our house and the engine had been turned off. Minutes later, the vehicle unexpectedly caught fire under the hood and a watchful neighbor called the fire department. Now, the vehicle's engine is completely charred, property on the house is damaged, and the vehicle is a total loss. I have contacted my insurance company and I will have a fire inspector determine the cause of the fire. Further investigation on the internet has led me to believe the fire may have been caused by a faulty speed control switch present on many Ford vehicles. The NHTSA is currently conducting an investigation on this matter, as it has already received over 550 complaints from similar incidents. Please make a report of this complaint and contact me for further information. Thank you.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 222002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was sitting/idling and smoke started coming from beneath the hood. There was no warning before vehicle caught on fire, dealer and manufacturer were not notified. Vehicle was totaled.

- Shelbyville Ky, KY, USA

problem #2

Dec 282001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was sitting still idling and smoke started comiing from beneath the hood. There was no warning before vehicle caught on fire. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified. Vehicle was totaled.

- Shelbyville Ky, KY, USA

problem #1

May 121998

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer was traveling noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment when the vehicle caught on fire under the hood vehicle burned quickly, and was totaled. Cause of the fire was undetermined.

- Peotone, IL, USA

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