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NHTSA — Electrical System: Starter Assembly Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 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 Mercury Tracer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mercury Tracer Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 112004

Tracer 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


On December 11, 2004 I was out shopping and I got in the car and it would not start I left it sit there over night and went back the next day and it started. I have had 3 machanicks look at it and none of them know why it did it.

- Princeton , TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 281998


  • miles
Had parked vehicle. Noticed vehicle making noises prior to being parked. Dashboard panel lights came on. Lifted hood & got flashlight. Returned & vehicle was engulfed in flames around the starter & dashboard area. Put flames out w/fire extinguisher. Vehicle towed to dealer. Informed fire was near rubber boot. What caused fire not found.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

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