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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 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 191999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Vehicle idles very roughly. Then idle will go away for awhile. Vehicle turned off without prior notice. Dealership is aware of problem. Consumer states that after rough idle goes away, vehicle will hesitate or stall, mass air flow sensor was replaced, however problems still exists. Gas pedal gets stuck. Passenger side front windshield wiper arm was loose. Pwer steering pump was replaced due to when turning wheel it would make anoise.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 112000


  • miles
Mass airflow sensor has failed without warning at 9,000 and 31,000 miles. When it fails, the engine stalls, and is very difficult to restart and keep running. Without engine power, there is limited brake and power steering functioning. This is a safety hazard if it occurs in a moving traffic situation. Ford is unable (unwilling?) to provide any information as to whether this is an acceptable failure rate.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 091998


  • miles
Mass airflow sensor.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 231998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine oxygen regulator completely failed.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 201998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Map sensor failed.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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