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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,705 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 072014

Ranger

  • 93,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 30 mph over a road bump, the rear frame became detached along with the cross member, causing the spare tire to fracture. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the two cross members, the frame bedding and the rear frame was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Andreas, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 212011

Ranger

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced, he noticed that the frame was corroded and rusted. The contact called the dealer who stated that they would not repair it. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- South Bloomingville, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 062007

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. While performing maintenance on the vehicle, the contact noticed the frame was rusting. Over the course of a few years, the rusting had progressed and worsened. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 81,000. Updtated 2/17/11 updated 04/29/11

- East Machias, ME, USA

problem #5

Oct 082009

Ranger

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. While driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions, there was a loud noise coming from the exterior of the vehicle. Suddenly, the spare tire well detached from its frame and onto the road. A replacement spare tire well was installed at a local repair shop. The vehicle was later taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the frame exhibited severe rust and corrosion. Thus causing defects in the fuel tank strap and transmission cross beam. The brake line and shackles were also damaged. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Williamsburg, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 212008

Ranger

  • 130,000 miles
My son was traveling on a 4 lane state hwy at about 65 mph in the outside lane when the driver's side back tire flew off. He said all he remembers was that the trucks rear dropped on that side, spinning the truck to face the opposite direction, and causing it to rollover numerous times until it landed in the ditch on the opposite side of the hwy. Not to mention it had to go up and embankment to get there. He could have been killed or seriously injured. Dps, wrecker driver, my husband and my son could not find the tire, which still has the brake drum on it. Upon inspection it was noted that left rear axle broke behind the flange where the lug nuts go. I am told this must be a defect because you rarely hear this happening. Dps and wrecker driver stated that vehicle had good tires and looked as though it had been well taken care of. It is a 2002 Ford Ranger edge.

- Somerville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 302003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,643 miles
Truck pulls to the right especially at highway speeds. At times severe vibration and rubbing noise. Safety definetly an issue when driving vehicle. More recently 4X4 engaged & truck tilted to front right and made loud grinding noise, could only drive 5mph or so. Put in reverse and was able to drive it at highway speeds but still pulls, vibrates and is getting worse. Now, a oil leak found. Also, anti lock brakes are locking up. Fan motor cooler not working correctly.

- Coronado, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 092002

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer states when driving 60mph the vehicle shakes violently, and the wheels leaves the pavement. Please provide any additional information.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282002

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
We, in good faith, purchased a new 2002 Ford Ranger, edge edition from your robstown Texas dealership on 7/12/2002. No safety defect listed.

- Kingsville, TX, USA

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