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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,986 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 212013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 123,060 miles


Frame is rusted and rotting away, bought it from dealer 1/21/2015. Found out truck was in bad shape 1/23/2015 after getting oil change from local shop.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 012014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
I took my 2002 Ford Ranger truck in for inspection and I was told my truck was uninspectable because my frame, crossmember, front aarms are rusted thin. It only has 80 some K on it I only have it for 2years I don't drive very far I bought it with 74K.

- Nesquehoning, PA, USA

problem #7

May 282014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
I purchased this truck 1 yr ago. I took it in for inspection and found that it had severe rust problems. The shackles for the leaf spring had completely rotted away causing the spring to rest upon the box. The restraint for the gas tank was rotted to the point that tank was about to fall off. There was severe rusting of the frame, especially in the rear.obviously, the truck failed inspection.

- Mountaintop, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 042014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 140,217 miles


Yesterday I had something go wrong with my Ford Ranger and I needed to have it towed home. This problem will be the end of my wonderful trucks life because the inspection is also due and I have been told that due to extensive rust and a cracked rear frame, my truck will never be able to pass inspection. The body, interior and engine are all in great shape. The spare tire support is almost completely eaten away and the gas tank supports rotted away years ago. My mechanic had to rig a wire hanger for the gas tank. While my truck was on the flat bed, the mechanic mentioned that Ranger are know for the frames being eaten away. I have been doing research and understand now how common this problem is. Why has Ford not recalled this poorly made frame just like Toyota did" is it because not enough people have died from it??"

- Bellows Falls, VT, USA

problem #5

Jan 012011

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the sub frame was corroded and caused the fuel tank strap to fracture. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 92,000, updated 02/11/14 the consumer stated the frame rotted where the fuel tank strap failed, causing the tank to hang lower than it should. It was holding by one strap. There was a crack in the frame. Updated 02/12/14

- Johnston , RI, USA

problem #4

Mar 292013


  • 158,000 miles
When pulling into a driveway, I heard a loud crack from the rear of the truck. After inspection, the rear frame had rusted to the point where the leaf spring mount detached from the frame. If this would have happened while hauling a load, or pulling a trailer at highway speeds, it could have led to a crash.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 302013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles


My frame is completely rusted despite the body, engine and interior being in good shape. My spare tire mount rotted and the spare fell off. One of the crossmembers that held the evap canister completely broke off as I was driving staying attached only by the electrical connector. The frame on the passenger side completely severed just forward of the axle. The leaf spring is the only thing holding it together and those shackles look like they're ready to go. Ford sucks!

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 312012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 106,596 miles
A loud thunk, rear driver's side dropped, immediate stop at mechanic's shop, extensive frame rust and riveted construction of shackle bracket hangers and shackle bracket had caused the shackle bracket hanger to break from the frame. The spring was shoved up against the truck's bed. At highway speed this could have been deadly. Mechanic said both shackle bracket hangers and shackle brackets would need replacement with probably new metal welded to the frame to ensure the new shackle bracket hangers would be stable. Also, mechanic stated the frame was rusted to a greater degree than usual even for new england. With 107000 miles, this should be unacceptable for us. There are accidents and deaths waiting to happen. There has to be something done. More to come once I go to the welding shop today (8/1/2013). Read online Ranger forums to see how prevalent this frame rot issue is.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Feb 082012

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Rear crossmember rotted off charcole canister and spare tire fell off while driving why shouldn't Ford be responsible when goverment makes Toyota responsible for there frames.

- Bloomfield, NY, USA

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