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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,559 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Ranger engine problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Nov 011998

Ranger

  • miles

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

When driving at low and coming to a stop, vehicle will accelerate at high speed. Consumer has to shut the key off in order to bring the vehicle to a stop.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #10

Feb 211999

Ranger

  • miles
When the accelerator is released the engine does not necessarily slow down and so the vehicle does not slow. In fact if back shifting to slow down, the vehicle will sometimes gain speed

- Evanston, WY, USA

problem #9

Feb 151999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Vehicle will randomly idle at a high RPM. This will cause my vehicle to travel at approximately 20 mph at an idle speed. While driving vehicle and taking foot off of the accelerator to begin slowing, my vehicle will continue traveling at the same speed. Also, as I downshifted vehicle to slowdown in traffic, vehicle will sometimes remain or increase in speed that vehicle is currently traveling.

- Foothil Ranch, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 211998

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

While pulling into driveway the vehicle suddenly accelerated causing an accident. (attorney for consumer).

- Blue Sprin, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 041998

Ranger

  • miles
While pulling into garage the vehicle started to accelerate at high speed, resulting in a collision. Caused extensive damages to garage and vehicle. Also, consumer sustained major injuries.

- Odessa, MO, USA

problem #6

Nov 041998

Ranger

  • miles
Started vehicle up. Had door opened at times driver's leg not inside vehicle. Vehicle suddenly accelerated forward, without warning. Hit a truck & then a wall. Upon impact, neither air bags deployed.

- Odessa, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 231998

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

Consumer has experienced sudden acceleration with his vehicle.

- Landrum, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 271998

Ranger

  • miles
When consumer was at traffic light, the engine suddenly accelerated while stepping on the brake pedal and reaching to 1000 RPM; consumer stated that vehicle used to pull to the side, and tires were rotated before.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 011998

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will not decelerate after driving on freeway for 40+ minutes, no problem can be found to cause condition.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #2

May 161998

Ranger

  • miles
While driving the truck 35 mph, the engine revved high, jumped gears and the truck accelerated to a very high speed. At that point the back end of the truck shifted to the right. When driver tried to turn the steering wheel, the steering wheel would not move, causing driver to hit a parked vehicle. The entire front end of the truck was pushed in. The truck has been towed to an auto body shop.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 311998

Ranger

  • miles
Intermittently when applying the brakes the vehicle surges forward unexpectedly. Vehicle has accelerated suddenly three times prior to this incident. The dealer has not been able to duplicate the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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