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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,750 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

May 272005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 153,500 miles


At approximately 150,000 vehicle miles, the middle leaf on both rear springs has fractured just in front of the rear axle. Discovered 5/27/2005 when the broken piece fell out of the left spring. Subsequently discovered the identical piece was missing from the right side. Recovered piece shows fatigue failure.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 072000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Was at a stop sign & had heard a loud clunk & clang. Then, there was a lot of rattling and it got worse as vehicle moved. Then, something fell. Pulled over. Noticed leaf spring had partially broken. There was some rust on it. Mechanic indicated entire rear left leaf spring needed to be replaced, had parts.

- Sausalito, CA, USA

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