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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,925 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 112004


  • 43,131 miles


2002 Ford Ranger stalled. The drive shaft jerked and slammed when accelerating in drive or reverse. The drive shaft assembly was replaced but that did not solve the problem.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 072001

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Slight jerking coming from drive train when lightly accelerating and braking. Dealer replaced driveshaft in Aug. 2002, problem went away temporarily, came back and returned to dealer. Was told there is no repair available. Called Ford motor to complain and got no satisfaction.

- Springfield, MA, USA

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