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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,293 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 102016

Ranger

  • 87,000 miles

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

Entire frame rusted out. Won't pass inspection. Obviously an ongoing problem. Driver side behind cab to bumper very bad. It is actually allthe way into.we got it on a line of credit. We are out of $5000. Rest of truck is really nice

- Draper, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 082016

Ranger

  • 120,000 miles
Rear half of frame excessive corrosion. Frame, spring mounts, spare tire rack and main frame members rusted away affecting structural integrity. Corrosion is significantly worse than would be expected for this age vehicle. Rear spring mounts dangerously corroded.

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #11

Feb 272016

Ranger

  • miles
Spring shackle support on rear of truck on drivers side of truck rusted completely off the frame and was replaced in the summer of 2015, the other side was also replaced at the same time. Spring pushed thru the truck bed. Frame on rear drivers side of vehicle has rusted thru. Spare tire holder rusted off causing spare tire to fall off somewhere while driving down the road. Bed rail supports are rusted thru into the interior of the truck bed. Rear shock body's are rusted off, shock supports rusted badly other places on the truck frame are rusted very bad also pictures are attached !!!!

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #10

Oct 302015

Ranger

  • 75,000 miles

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

Frame rusted-took it to be repaired. Was told it is not reparable. Too rusty and far gone to fix. Take it off the road. Not safe to drive.the rest of it is still in good shape.

- Woolwich, ME, USA

problem #9

Sep 012015

Ranger

  • 117,680 miles
While replacing fuel system canister I had to remove spare tire and noticed cross section of frame rusted through. I also noticed strap for has tank rusted trough. I will need to replace at my expense both.

- Grantham , NH, USA

problem #8

Jan 072015

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
2003 Ford Ranger suddenly accelerated upon attempting to park. I was pulling into my parking spot while apply the brakes when my vehicle suddenly accelerated, jumped a snow bank and hit a light pole. Independent witness reported the vehicle just took off, rear wheels rapidly started turning. I contacted Ford Motor Co. Who did not seem too concerned about the incident and had no interest to inspect the vehicle.

- Kimball , MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 212014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,120 miles

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

Lost all brakes while driving. Found all brake lines rotted and in need of replacement. While replacing lines, noticed excessive frame and cross member deterioration from rust. Bed cross members completely rusted away and rear spring hangers rusted so bad they are ready to break off.

- Clintondale, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 012013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Body, chassis, and all suspension is rusted to a non-repairable condition. Bolts have to be cut to free, body underpinnings have denigrated to nothing, and paint is bubbling.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #5

Nov 062012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 33,200 miles
Structure rotting out had to replace shock mount and a strut to pass inspection. Now have 34000 miles on it and the spare tire casing separated from the body, the strut holding the transmission is rust so I can't trust it to drive. The body is in perfect shape.

- Pine Plaine, NY, USA

problem #4

May 302013

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 71,807 miles
The rear frame is rusted so bad it won't pass inspection. The rest of the truck is in great shape.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles

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

I discovered that the truck bed had rusted completely through and has severe rust on the frame as well. The rest of the truck is in very good condition with no rust showing anywhere. All of the rust is on the passenger side of the truck bed. It appears to have started at the heat shields. The truck had a sprayed in rhino lining that Ford sold when I bought the truck new which hid the problem until the bed gave way completely and now has one 5"X 8" hole and another smaller hole.

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 222012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 202,000 miles
I was attaching utility trailer to my truck. I jumped in the trailer to get the ball to seat in the receiver and noticed the bumper pulled away from the body of the truck. I looked under neath and saw the frame broke in front of where the trailer hitch was attached to the frame. The metal is paper thin there.I'm curious if there is a recall as this seems very dangerous. My cell # is[xxx].thank-you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hanover, NH, USA

problem #1

Nov 072011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
The Ranger frame coating system is failing in several areas. The paint is just peeling off. There is also a significant amount of rust on the underbody of the cab and truck bed. This vehicle has less then 55000 miles and originally in the state of va. The vehicle was willed to me and just brought to the state of MA. In August of 2011. It has not been exposed to a new england winter road conditions. The winter road conditions will only compound the issue. I can provide pictures upon request. I stronglyrquest that some action be taken to investigate the paint system failure.

- Topsfiled, MA, USA

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