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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,250 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 Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 112004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


While driving consumer noticed smoke coming out of the air vents on the dashboard. Consumer pulled over and exited the vehicle. The entire vehicle went up in flames within seconds. No warning lights came on prior to the smoke and flames.

- Martins Ferry, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 042003

(reported on)


  • miles
Electrical short in power door prevented door from locking.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #2

May 192002


  • miles
Fire inspector and private inspector unable to determine exact cause of fire although location determined to be near firewall, center rear of engine compartment.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 292000


  • miles
Door ajar light and the dome light stay on. Also, doors do not lock when releasing the brake. At night the driver is not able to see the road clearly. The dealer was called about the problem. An appointment has been made for the dealer to look at the vehicle.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

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