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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,056 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced with a used back half frame (1 reports)
1999 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 132013

Ranger XL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,113 miles


Bought a used 99 Ranger to help with hauling stuff (yard waste mostly). Like a fool I didn't take it to a mechanic first. But after an oil change, I was advised the entire frame was rusting away. Not just usual rust, but chunks falling off. Full blown rot. It's only got old Volvo has over 280k and no rust and our Hyundai with 203k and no rust. WTF?! Engine, transmission and interior are all in good shape. However, had to have the front part of frame fixed for fear of having the engine collapse into the wheel. Now I find out the gas strap and cross beams under the bed are rusted...and also the brackets that hold up the gas tank. These are obvious as out of a 2 inch thick piece of metal is now only 1/4 inch thick with no strength. Failed inspection and not sure how much to fix. Ford, get your act together and do what Toyota did..RECALL. Or give me a new frame or a comparable settlement for my repair costs. Built Ford tough? Quality is job 1? I don't think so. False advertising. Like all the other not buy this brand.

- , North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102011

Ranger XLT 3.0lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

One day we couldn't figure out why the bed of the truck was uneven. After investigating all the issues, we noticed that the frame had already been welded on and that plate rusted through, ugh...............This has been a nightmare of all nightmares. So went to a junk yard bought a back half frame, sanded, primed and painted and stuck that on the truck, along with a new rear end. Bought new shocks! Never Buy FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love my Tahoe!!

- , Howard, OH, USA

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