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1998 Ford Ranger windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

May 092002

(reported on)


  • miles


We have had nothing but problems with the door ajar light and dome light staying on, plus the wipers are irradic and the windows will sometimes go down on their own. It was fixed once and now it's has started doing the same thing again. It seems to me there are an awful lot of similar complaints out there on this very same item and I feel Ford should have to recall this vehicle to correct the situation. I called them and asked if this would be something they would fix seeing as it's one of their mechanical defects and they replied with a 'no'. I am to the point that I just want to get rid of this vehicle. I also noted they have a mention of how this vehicles leans. That is also true. My Ranger leans. I think this truck is a true lemon.

- Advance, IN, USA

problem #4

Jul 042000


  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 45mph on the highway andtailgate door just opened on its on. This incident happen several times.

- Middlesex, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 232000


  • miles
When exiting vehicle and shutting door heard something hit the ground. Consumer thought it was keys. Next morning, driver's side super cab window busted from the inside. Consumer did not slam door, and no one busted it. It broke from inside. Consumer felt window should not have broken that easily.

- Wynne, AR, USA

problem #2

Aug 131998


  • miles
Window binds and makes noise going up, aligned window and lubricated however experienced problem again. Mjs

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 171998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Complaint#1: gas tank leaked after vehicle was only one week old. Dealer replaced it with a new tank. Complaint#2: power windows are 'jerky' and they chatter when going down. Dealer has not repaired it yet. Complaint#3: passenger seat vibrates any time truck drives over any bumps, large or small. Dealer has not repaired it at this time.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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