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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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 #8

May 082002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

Consumer states the transmission keeps going from overdrive to a higher gear as if it does not know what gear it is supposed to be in, also the rear axle seal was replaced at 60,000 miles due to it leaking.

- New Market, AL, USA

problem #7

Jan 082002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that while driving the vehicle, first gear is at least 30% to fast, and 80% to fast on reverse gear and it is impossible to go back.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 082002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that while driving the vehicle, first gear is at least 30% to fast, and 80% to fast on reverse gear and it is impossible to go back.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #5

May 242001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

The transmission is beginning to fail although it has been properly maintained. Nlm

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 062001

Ranger

  • miles
Door ajar and light staying on for 45 minutes or more before shuting off. Dealer/manufacturer notified. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter. A seal in the transmission keeps leaking and has been replaced twice, place where car was purchased is going to replace vehicle because in order to fix the problem, the transmission, computer chip, and driveshaft would have to be replaced.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 251999

Ranger

  • miles
On going/intermittent problem in hot weather condition when applying transmission to stop or decline from a hill. It causes rmps to increase to 1500. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on two occasions, and problem still reoccurring.

- Van Burea, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 231998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Grinding noise when shifting between 2, 3. and 4. rebuilt transmission. Vehicle lost 1st & 2nd gear. Towed. Dealer said nothing wrong with transmission. Happened again. Dealer replaced transmission. Failure happened again. Dealer said it was the driver not the transmission. Failure part is the main blocker ring. Breaks and causes damage in transmission. Ford say's it's only my vehicle that is having this problem. That is a lie. Please check out www.fordranger.com. website for Ranger owners. Go to main tech boaard. See how many people are having the same problem I'm having. It took me 8 months just to get a new transmission. The did not have a transmission for my truck in the us from Sept 98 until May 99. That is ridiculus. Please address this problem. The same problem is evident in 99 Ranger also. Thank you.

- Butler, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Standard transmission model is parked on a slight grade the vehicle will roll, neither the transmission nor the engine will hold the vehicle

- Sevierville, TN, USA

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