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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Cruise Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,333 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.

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 252006

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • miles


Consumer complaint concerning vehicle catching on fire. The vehicle caught on fire on 8/25/06. The recall repair for the cruise control deactivation switch was scheduled for 8/28/06. The consumer feels that the switch was the cause of the fire. The consumer is requesting the blue book value from the manufacturer.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062006

Mountaineer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was being inspected by an independent repair shop it caught on fire. A report was filed by the fire department. The mechanic determined the fire was caused by the cruise control switch over heating. The vehicle is currently awaiting the replacement parts for the cruise control and surrounding damaged parts. There is a NHTSA recall, # 99V062001, regarding the cruise control. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 112006

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle erupted in flames, an hour and a half after it had been parked in the carport. The contact's house became engulfed in flames and was a total loss. The fire department responded and there was a police report taken. The insurance company and manufacturer inspected the vehicle. The insurance company was unable to come to a final determination about the fire, but stated it looks as though the fire started in the vehicle speed control area. The vehicle was deemed a total loss by the insurance company. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V388000, regarding the vehicle speed control. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 312005

Mountaineer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle caught fire and burned. The vehicle was parked 4 hours prior to the fire. The fire and police department stated in written reports the fire started in the engine compartment on the driver's side. Additional property damage was sustained to one other vehicle. The insurance company investigated and deemed the vehicle a total loss.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172004


  • 130,000 miles
Drove about 30 minutes, parked vehicle, and about 45 minutes later vehicle was on fire. Flames were coming from driver's side fender well. Prior to fire, no problems reported. Vehicle had cruise control which was not used in the last year, and did not know if it worked. Vehicle was insured by farmers insurance. They had a fire investigation done. The report stated that fire was caused by vehicle speed control deactivation switch. Policy #0040483408, claim #1005487896. Has pictures and them will E-mail to bruce york.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 062000

(reported on)


  • miles
While at a stop light vehicle idles to hight RPM. Dealer has been contacted, can not duplicate problem. Please provide further informaton.

- Gualala, CA, USA

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