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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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While traveling approximately 65 to 70 mph vehicle jumped into 4-wheel drive unexpectedly. No determination has been made as to the cause of this problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062001

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
4- wheel drive has quit working, it has only been used 3-4 times. Also horn has failed, cause unknown.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 251998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmision torque converter seems to whine from aprox. 2,500 RPM until gear shift when accelerating. When overdrive is disengaged above 50mph the transmision slams. The wheel lug nuts were not torqued correctly upon delivery of vehicle resulting in 1 elongated rim. Air conditioning has been returned to dealer 3 times. Told nothing was wrong with the system that it was within "Ford" specs, yet miraculously it is cold again for approx 1-2 months.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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