really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,703 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #111

May 292008


  • 86,000 miles


What isn't wrong with this truck? with less than 80,000 miles on it...spare tire fell off while being driven, interior lights randomly stay on, both doors are rusting out from the bottom, knob to regulate temperature fell off and assembly needed replacement, front brakes calipers stuck and caught on fire, exhaust system has rusted off twice, transmission went up and was replaced under warranty at less than 20,000 miles, radiator rusted through, and the headliner is falling down off the ceiling. I've probably missed something but can tell you that I will never own another Ford.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #110

Sep 272005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was taken in for body work, it sat for 2 weeks. When the vehicle was started following the 2 weeks, the engine noise was louder than normal, and there was a coolant leak. A private mechanic was consulted, who determined the head gasket was blown. Also, the doors had cracked one half inch from the corner of the window seal. A private mechanic informed the contact the cracks were due to the weight of the door.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #109

Mar 102006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Cracks in doors.

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #108

Apr 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Alarm goes off for no reason. Door open, light is on all the time. Also, check engine light comes on then goes off. Loud noise in rear end when starting off.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #107

Jan 102005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
Crack, drivers door beside lower window opening.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #106

Jun 202003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Ford F-150 and on the drivers side door at the window I have a about a 1/2 inch crack.I called Ford but I got the run around and was told nothing will be done but they will get with there engineering area.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #105

May 012000

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


Cracks have developed in both the driver and passenger doors, approximately half way up and behind the windows. Each crack is approximately 1/2 inch long.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #104

Mar 302003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
1998 F-150 XLT extra-cab, both passenger and driver doors have a crack in the lower rear corner of the window molding. Ford's technical service bulletin states the door assembly should be replaced reference message # 12071. After contacting Ford they said they were showing a recall for my VIN# even though it is widely known to be a problem. The eventual result will be structural failure of the door which will seriously compromise my safety operating the vehicle.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #103

Jul 172002

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,348 miles
Sheet metal fatigues and cracks from the inside of the door panel to the outside from stress from the operation of the power windows.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #102

Jun 242004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
Structural-stress fractures in sheet metal on door.

- Lakemoor, IL, USA

problem #101

May 042004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Crack forming on drivers door at bottom of window. Also rust developing at bottom of both driver and passenger doors. Crack is a known problem for years. When will Ford fix this once and for all. NHTSA needs to get involved.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #100

Oct 062003


  • 100,000 miles
The driver's side door covering(skin) has developed a crack around the corner of the window. This occurs because the power window covering(skin) flex when the window is closed. This is a common problem and the dealership is replacing the covering that cost $400. This doesn't correct the failure.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #99

Jan 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,680 miles
I am the original owner of a 1998 F-150 Ford 4X4 pick-up truck which is exibiting a cracking condition at the lower welting edge of the window on the drivers side door. Understand this is occurring on many other F150's and appears to be an engineering design manufacturing flaw.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #98

Jan 062004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Metal on drivers door is cracked at rear of window, about three to four inches up from bottom of window. Mine is not the only one. There are many 98 F-150's out there with the same structural flaw.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #97

Dec 172003

(reported on)


  • 12,000 miles
Driver's side door developed cracks in the sheet metal. Tsb 613046 was issued on this problem.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #96

Jul 102003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cracks in driver and passenger doors. They begin on the edge of the window and extend outwards increasing with time.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #95

Jun 102003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
A crack in the steel by the window trim on the drivers door. This has been a problem on all Ford F-150's from 1997 to 2003. Ford is doing nothing to repair the problem that they have known about for seven years.

- Spring Lake, MI, USA

problem #94

Jun 232003

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
1998 Ford F-150 XLT super-cab short bed. Structural defect on driver's side door. Right lower edge of window. Defect is approximately 1/2 in length. This defect has been viewed on numerous F-150's that I have seen. The same defect is on all.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #93

Nov 012001

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Originally noticed that the driver-side power window was slowing down, then noticed cracking on the driver-side door. This is consistent with Ford's special service message #12071. Date unknown, but window behavior dates to fall 2001.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #92

Mar 152003


  • miles
I own a 1998 Ford F150 pickup and have noticed a crack in the sheet metal of the drivers side door just behind the lower part of the window. An article I was reading suggested calling a Ford dealer for repair, the Ford dealer stated that Ford only repairs the vehicle for the first 36,000 miles. The article I read stated that Ford understands the problem to be caused by opening and closing the door and window, which causes the sheet metal, in the location of the crack, to flex, which over time fails and cracks. The problem will only get worse with time and should be repaired regardless of the mileage. My concern is the location of the crack at a corner radius and could propagate toward the rear of the door. The crack that has developed, causes two problems, it creates an opening for water and salt to corrode the unprotected sheet metal on the inside of the door and the crack creates a problem, were the vehicle to be in an accident and hit on the drivers side door. Since the crack has already developed, it would take little impact for the crack to propagate allowing the door panel to be severed, removing its structural integrity. The article I read stated that Ford has found that welding the door does not correct the problem. The correction can only be made by replacing the door. As these cracks have developed and continue to develop on Ford F150 trucks after 36,000 miles, how are they being repaired? my guess would be that if they are being repaired in any manner, they are most likely being welded together and repainted, which Ford has found to be a insufficient repair. The only "repair" is to replace the entire door, which would be costly for the consumer. This problem will most likely only get worse as time goes on. Ford is not taking responsibility for their defects, as this clearly is a manufacturers defect. I asked the NHTSA to look at this matter more closely to understand the potential impact of the crack that develops over time on the Ford F150 truck doors.

- Lockport , NY, USA

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