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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,498 miles

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2002 Ford Ranger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

May 232006

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Dome light wont shut off & door ajar light on. The dome light could start a fire.

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 222003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Truck combustion while parked on private property. No investigation by insurance company. Fire dept classified cause as unknown.

- Mt. Airy, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,438 miles
I have learned of this "auto rev limiter" function on my 2002 Ford Ranger pickup. I noticed this when clearing some cleaning fluid form the intake of the engine. It limited the engine to 3500 RPM were it oscillated. I have heard of other instances of a governor set at 85 mph on this truck. I feel this is un-necessary for Ford to install this and not mention it in the owners manual. If it is mentions I do not see it. I feel this proposes a risk factor in driving or passing when a little extra speed may be needed. I have not exceeded 85 mph in this truck and knowing it is limited to this speed helps me judge weather or not to purchase another Ford with this restriction or if I need to act in an emergency what the truck is capable of. It needs to told to the buying public before a purchase is made on this truck.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 072003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,482 miles


I need help. I was driving from my childS school the other day, while accelerating down the hill the car suddenly shut off. I lost complete control of the car and if it wasnT for the parking lot to the right I would have come upon a red light may have been in a major car accident. On August 11, 2003 I was driving to a scout meeting, while coming upon a stop sign I proceeded to tern on my head lights and the same thing began to occur. All of the instruments went off and suddenly came back on. But because we bought this car from a used car dealer I donT know if it is still covered under warranty. But after reading a lot of the horror stories on this site about people having problems with there Ranger also I am considering getting rid of the truck.

- Universal City, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 162002

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,066 miles
I am having multiple problems with my 6 month old truck. A strange oil loss that was loosing 1-2 quarts of oil a week, now fixed for the moment. The clutch disengages if any pressure is applied to the clutch pedal and will not engage until the pedal is fully released, dealer claims its normal. Various electrical problems with this heap, including failing sensors, interior light coming on when it wants to, and the check engine light comes on occasionally. This truck has starting problems sometimes, you have to crank the engine for a long time(up to 30 seconds sometimes) before it will start. Had to have a tire replaced with 1066 miles on the vehicle because some of the tread was beginning to come off, vehicle was realigned at the same time to cure a pull to the right which did nothing still pulls to the right. I have tried to get in contact of Ford Motor Company to get this vehicle replaced under a lemon law to no avail. I get told a story and put off, the dealership I bought this thing from does the same thing tries to fix it to no avail and puts me off. I paid 15 thousand dollars for this truck and now may lose my job because it is not dependable! something must be done this is not how to treat a repeat customer, this being my 4th Ford product and my last.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 192002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer notice while traveling electrical waves burning consumer on the legs. Dealer has been contacted.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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