really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,608 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Aug 232012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 140,440 miles


This is the third time the horn and speed control have gone out on this truck and I feel it needs to be recalled I am tired of replacing the same parts in 2 years.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

problem #50

Nov 272012


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving with the cruise control activated at 62 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 80 mph. The contact had to turn the engine off in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer. The dealer advised the contact that vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V388000 (vehicle speed control) and that they were unable to inspect the vehicle for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Rockford , MI, USA

problem #49

Sep 142012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
While my truck was parked, it started on fire under the hood in the area of the brake master cylinder. The truck is totaled.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #48

Mar 272011


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle had been sitting idle for approximately eight hours when it caught on fire. The fire department investigated and concluded that the fire was caused by a faulty wiring harness. A fire report was available. The contact stated that there was no warning or any type of burning odor from the vehicle prior to the fire. The fire department advised the contact that there was a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V388000 (vehicle speed control) due to the cruise control deactivation switch failing. The vehicle was not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The contact did not confirm if the recall pertained to her specific VIN. The failure and current mileage was 117,000.

- Claremont, FL, USA

problem #47

Oct 092010


  • 155,000 miles
My 1998 Ford F-150 started acting up when the cruise control buttons were set on. The car would hesitate and not want to pull. Once we got home we turned the vehicle off and did not think anything more about it. The following day we went for a drive and noticed what we thought was steam coming from underneath the hood. I pulled the vehicle over and lifted the hood to inspect it. When I lifted the hood I was engulfed in flash flames. I immediately dropped to the ground to put out the flames. When my friend helped me off the ground the truck was on fire under the hood. We immediately called for medical assistance and was transported to hospital via life star helicopter. I suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns on my face and forearms and hands. I suffered 3rd degree burns on my right arm and had to have surgery to remove the dead tissue and then had to have skin grafts to fix my arm. I was transported to university of Tennessee hospital and the sent immediately to vanderbilt university hospital burn center. I was in vanderbilt university hospital burn center for 7 days.

- Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA

problem #46

Jan 052010


  • 32,000 miles
Ford has a known problem with the windshield allowing water to leak into the cab, over time it has corrupted the wiring, making electrical devices fail to having a dead short that causes power to dash to continue after key is removed, this is a fire hazard at best, to the fact the windshield wipers can fail at any time.ther are many tsb's concerning this problem 99133 98246 976011 98913 to name a few.this also crosses over to several models and years and in Canada there is a recall for some of the F series Ford truck for this very problem. My problems are typical of all the outhers. Ther is rust present under dash, doom lights, door lights, chimes, power windows and windshield wipers do not work. Vehicle does not hold charge due to power drain without key in ignition. I have also had a problem with the cruise control not disengaging after tapping brake or throttle I could feel the peddle reset itself after tapping both. I have had the window replaced and resealed. At this point I will be replacing the general electric module and hope that fixes the wipers for me. It's hard to say what else is fried at this point. That part would be available. I may have to replace the fuse panel also. It seems that many of the Ford tech's are having a problem with this and its replace parts till you or the problem goes away at your own expense, but no one is taking responsibility for the faulty window install that had caused this in the first place.so to sum it up this vehicle has the potential to spontaneously combust, run away or have the wipers fail at any time also the car fires attributed to the cruise control may in fact be related to this problem. I think someone should take a look at this.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #45

Feb 082000


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. The contact stated that the windshield wipers, door locks, and the door chimes failed to operate which is related to the electrical system. The vehicle speed control also no longer functions. The front windshield is not sealed and whenever it rains water seeped into the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. There was no related warranty. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Portland , OR, USA

problem #44

Jan 232009


  • 126,000 miles
On Friday 1/23/09 and around 3pm it was reported to me that my vehicle was in fire. There was a small fire in the back right area if you are standing directly in front of the car, which appeared to be caused by the cruise control module. The fire was put out w/ damage to the wiring in the area and destroyed the brake fluid canister. I called Ford customer service to report this issue and was informed I would hear something within 15 business days via mail. In late 2005 or early 2006 I brought the 1998 F-150 to sawgrass Ford in sunrise, fl to have the cruise control recall looked at. At that time I was told my vehicle was fine and they would call once the replacement parts were in stock. I never received a call and unfortunately I never thought anything of it again. When I spoke with Ford customer service about the fire they found no record that the vehicle was brought in for the recall inspection.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #43

May 232008

(reported on)

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Ford F150. Consumer complaint about Ford recall. Consumer states that he has been trying to reach someone at Ford on the phone and has been unsuccessful. He believes that there should be a real person to answer the phone not a machine.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #42

Apr 272008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
I woke up to a whooshing sound and immediately heard banging on my door with my neighbor screaming that my Ford F150 was on fire. According to the fire chief, the fire started in the engine compartment. Our cruise control was not working prior to this fire. This may have been the cause of the fire. The vehicle is now melted to my driveway and we have some damage to our home.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 042007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My complaint is that we have tried multiple times to get this recall fixed on our F150 Ford truck. Every time we call to make an appointment the dealership says they do not have the part and don't know when they will. I don't understand whey we continue to have letter sent to us and the news is urging people to bring their vehicles in, if there are no parts to replace it with!!!

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #40

Mar 012008

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact received a recall notice for the vehicle speed control in March of 2008. The dealer stated that they had not received any parts in over a year from Ford to repair the recall. They further stated that Ford did not inform them when the parts would arrive. The dealer disconnected the cruise control to prevent any potential fires. There had been no failure to date. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 50,000.

- Boyertown, PA, USA

problem #39

May 012005

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
1998 F-150 Ford truck was a total loss a tree fell on it** the consumer received a recall notice in the mail regarding the speed control system. The consumer no longer owns the vehicle.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #38

Nov 112006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
: the contact stated while returning to the parked vehicle, a fire was noticed coming from the engine bay. The fire was extinguished at the service station where the vehicle's gas was filled. The contact received a recall letter # 05V388000 but the repairs were not made. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the cruise control was the source of the fire. The manufacturer was contacted by the dealership who refused to cover the required repairs. The contact expressed concern because the manufacturer did not honor the damages caused by the fire. Updated 11/20/06.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #37

Jun 022006

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,580 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply pressure to the brakes, the vehicle idled loudly and there was an increase in stopping distance. This occurred at various speeds on normal roads during normal braking without warning. The dealership replaced the retaining clip due to a recall NHTSA # 98V192000 concerning the vehicle speed control cables, however the problem still exists. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #36

Oct 022005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
Underhood fire on 1998 Ford F-150 while truck was parked in driveway. Truck had been parked several hours prior to fire. Was awaken by fire department stating they put out fire. Two days after fire we received a notice on a speed control deactivation switch. Everything letter states is identical to what happened to our vehicle. We submitted claim to Ford Motor Company and they failed to acknowledge our claim stating "that due to extensive amount of damage to the vehicle they were unable to verify a manufactures defect. They made this determination by observing pictures that we sent via email to them. We asked how they could make this determination without someone inspecting the vehicle and only looking at pictures and they stated that they could not determine the cause on most all complaints made to them of vehicle fires of this nature and that our case was considered closed. When I asked mr kellar to let me speak with his boss he stated that he would not transfer me to his boss because he considered our case closed and that I did not need any further information pertaining to his boss.

- Gastonia , NC, USA

problem #35

Feb 101998

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Recall 98V007000 concerning throttle icing: During cold weather the throttle would stick open while driving. This problem was due to icing formed on the throttle body. This could cause extended stopping distance when braking. Dealer was contacted, and informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under the recall.. also, torque converter failed.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #34

Mar 252004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While applying the brakes vehicle continued to accelerate. The cruise control was not engaged. The driver had to put the vehicle in neutral to slow it down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who cleaned the throttle body assembly.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #33

Nov 062003


  • 40,000 miles
Consumer was pulling out of the car port when vehicle suddenly accelerated, causing consumer to hit another vehicle. Driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #32

May 222002

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light comes on and stays on. The speedometer failed also this happened three separate times. Dealer has not identified or corrected the problem.

- Hacienda Hts, CA, USA

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