really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,738 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 transmission problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 312007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,900 miles


Automatic transmission gear position indication (prndl), will not shift into park position. Allowing vehicle to roll or drive when in the wrong gear position.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Aug 232007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
My 1998 Ford F-150 fits the summary of the NHTSA campaign id # 97V171000. My truck is currently in with the dealer for another reason, including the speed control recall. However, they will not fix the gear position indicator because they state it is not a Ford recall, regardless of what the NHTSA site indicates as a (recall date of 10/07/97) because Ford has to make a recall notice. My indicator is off by one (it says I'm in 'R' when rally in 'P' and so forth). 'I understand not doing a mass recall for this, but when a vehicle is in for a mandatory recall of the speed control catching fire, one would think they would repair a vehicle that is experiencing another known defect as indicated in NHTSA campaign 97V171000. Also, it is in for damage related to the fuel tank, and even though they are replacing the fuels tank and many other items attached to it (I.e. lines etc.) they don't feel it is warranted to address another NHTSA recall related to the leaf spring potentially puncturing the tank. That is campaign #98V161000. Regards, steve.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the transmission gear position indicator kept the transmission in the park position. Also, he stated that when the indicator was in the drive or reverse position it read a different gear. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact felt this vehicle should be included in the recall. The current and failure mileages were 68,000. Updated 05/04/07.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 082006

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


: the contact stated that the gearshift indicator displayed the wrong indication. When the vehicle was in park, it indicated that the vehicle was in reverse. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where it was determined there was a NHTSA recall number # 97V171000, pertaining to the gear position indication. However, the vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. Updated 08/25/06.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 112004

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was parked in garage when it rolled backwards down the driveway and crashed into a barn. The consumer placed the vehicle in park and when he had gone into the house, the crash was heard. The vehicle caused minor injuries to the consumers horses that was in the stall at the time of the incident. Recall# 97V171000.

- Cross Plains, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 151998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After vehicle has been exposed to summer heat shift knob comes off while shifting.

- Avinger, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 011998


  • miles
Gear shifter popped out of park and into reverse.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 281998

(reported on)


  • miles
Location of the 4WD switch is near A/C fan speed switch resulting in accidental activation.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

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