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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082008


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the windshield wipers worked intermittently. The dealer inspected the vehicle and found no failures. After the vehicle was purchased, the contact was informed of a recall for the electrical system. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 45,000.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 062008


  • 40,000 miles
The plastic headlight lens are severely cloudy, a lot worse as time time goes on....years ago, when I bought the truck they were clear, now they are very - very opac, cloudy, so bad that you can't even see the headlight bulb ! there are many vehicles that have the same problem! so many, in fact that the part store aftermarket industries have come out with a restoration kit. I am sure that the cloudy, opac lens do severely lessen the amount of light emitted through the lens. My opinion on this is that the type of plastic selected by Ford seemed fine back in 1998 but over a period of years the plastic deteriorates. My recommendations is to have the manufactures replace them. By, I did buy the kit from a parts store and it is called headlight restorer / defogger kit. My brother and I hand buffed his 2001 Jeep headlights and it took us almost 2 hours ! it did help the amount of lighting! P.S. sorry, haven't got spell-check....

- Haughton, LA, USA

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