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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,925 miles

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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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 102009


  • 99,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact was informed by his neighbor that his vehicle was smoking in the driveway. The contact noticed black smoke coming from the vehicle. The fire department disconnected the battery and stated that there was electrical failure. There were no flames present, but a fire report was filed. A case was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that the anti-lock braking system caused the failure. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 99,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Mar 292004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Brake and rotor problems on Ford Ranger. Rotors had to be turned and front tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles because the rotors became warped and vehicle shook violently. Same condition is occurring again at 35000 miles and dealer refuses to fix under warranty. Transmission has also been overhauled twice due to malfunction.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jan 242004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


I purchased a 2002 Ranger edge 4X4, it had 4 miles on it. I have since replaced the airbag sensor, ABS sensor, front end had tobe realigned due to a bad alignment at the factory, the tires in the front had to be replaced at 4500 miles. Now at 38000 miles the 4X4 drivetrain was leaking at the front cover. The breathing tube was throwing oil out onto the engine. I was told by Ford company and a Ford tech. That this was a E4nginnering problem. It was replaced at my cost of $796. The cover was replaced with a part that was used previous to 1995, part number is fof6tz-4033-ba. My complaint is why is this not a recall and can I expect future problems.

- Deerbrook , WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 302003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,831 miles
Driving a 2002 Ford Ranger with 19,831 miles, a loud noise in the back of the truck occurred, braking was impaired, the brake petal was going up and down. I was able to bring the vehicle to a stop avoiding an accident. On December 2, 2003, joe taylor Ford in seneca, pa, "verified concern found rear wheel cylinders froze, springs rusted, drums warped and adjusters frozen replaced all components." In addition there was brake shoe failure. Staff at the dealership noted this was typical of 2002 Ranger and stated we were in serious danger in driving the truck. "this is a serious safety hazard and one that has been occurring frequently in Ranger and F-150's." (per staff) in addition it relates to NHTSA item 620159 and 10002516. The premature failure of the drive shafts (which I have had replaced for loud noises, is probably being caused by rear brakes that are constantly on. I have also had this truck back to the dealership three times for a slipping transmission. The Ranger brake lining was inspected and it came off in chunks and the drums were warped due to heat. This Ranger is under its original 36,000 mile guarantee and I still had to pay for part of the repairs. This truck has a brake safety problem. Our truck has never been in the water and has always been garage kept. Brake cylinders and adjusters do not freeze in 19,000 miles unless there is a serious quality problem. We have dealer documentation to show what work was performed and the $58.30 paid for brake shoes on this one year old truck. We tried to resolve this issue with three managers and they all said that is the way it is. I am very concerned for the safety of others with drive shaft problems. Please have their rear brakes inspected as soon as possible. Thank you.

- Seneca, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 072003


  • miles
While driving up a hill vehicle suddenly accelerated backward. The driver applied the brakes, and brake pedal went down to floor.this caused the vehicle to hit a tree. Consumer had the vehicle towed the mechanic, who could not duplicate the problem.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072002


  • miles
Sudden stop with brand new vehicle equipped with ABS, brakes immediately locked and vehicle slid sideways.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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