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Old 11-29-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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Has anyone else ever owned a car that is know to catch on fire a lot? Ive owned a couple of aircooled VWs and only had one small fire. My current Cooper S is well known for power steering pump fires. Ive been pretty proactive with this one to insure that Ive done everything to prevent a fire.

I worked on a couple of Jag V12s that caught on fire usually just enough to make things a little crispy and expensive.

What other cars besides the Pinto like to catch on fire?
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:53 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The Pinto only caught on fire if someone clobbered the rear end. We had two in the 70s and never had a a problem, while friends with VWs were catching fore just going down the road. Those rubber fuel lines would crack from the heat.

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Old 11-29-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Only car I had that caught fire was one of the Dodges with the 2.7 engine. Those engines usually croak early and this one did a few months later but it was around St Patty's day and I was on my way to somewhere for a work assignment that I HAD to get to. I got a bit pissed off at the car for catching fire and with my best Superman performance blew the damn thing out. HAD to get somewhere important that day and I made it.

Those cars are ok if they DON'T have the 2.7 engine, the 2.7 was designed bad with oil passages too small that would clog. I've had 2 more since then with a different size engine and both still run.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Washington
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Ive heard that the old Mustangs (1965 ish) can catch fire if they get rear-ended as the gasoline can spray into the cabin and ignite.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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the 1984 Pontiac Fierro with the Iron Duke-4 had major overheating issues that were fixed by late 1985 with a larger radiator and redesigned cooling system and more ducts to bring cooler fresh air into the rear engine compartment.
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Old 11-30-2014, 02:39 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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I had a 1983 Ford Ranger that caught fire in the 4-cyl. engine area in about 1985. I still bear very bad scars from that fire while trying to put it out.

However, most folks who have had the small Rangers since that time speak highly of them.
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Old 11-30-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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I had a 1983 Ford Ranger that caught fire in the 4-cyl. engine area in about 1985. I still bear very bad scars from that fire while trying to put it out.

However, most folks who have had the small Rangers since that time speak highly of them.
To bad ford droped them.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ferrari 458.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Ford had various models from 1993-2003 recalled for fires caused by a faulty switch.

Ford recall hits 4.5 million more vehicles on fire hazard - Oct. 13, 2009
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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Ford had various models from 1993-2003 recalled for fires caused by a faulty switch.

Ford recall hits 4.5 million more vehicles on fire hazard - Oct. 13, 2009

I believe my '97 F150 had one of those problems. As I recall it was a switch on end of the master brake cylinder at the firewall. I think the new switch cost about $20 and took about ten minutes to replace. I can't recall what malfunctioned but it was the malfunction that got me to researching the problem. No fires though.
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