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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,667 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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2003 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172010

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns 2003 Ford Ranger pick up. The contact stated that the frame bed was excessively rotted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician who confirmed that there was significant damage to the center frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000. The current mileage 53,000. Updated 9/29/14

- Austin, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 152010

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Spare tire carrier rusted off of truck so we then took further investigation. My husband laid under the bed of the truck to look at it and then seen a hole in the floor of the truck bed. So right then he removed the bed liner that was it in and sure enough there was a huge hole. Then also seen the frame was broken and rusted very badly. So he removed the truck bed itself from the frame and seen how bad the damage was. It has since cracked due to the obscene amount of rust of the frame of the truck. There are also rust spots in several spots on the body of the truck but are not as concerned about that as the fact that the frame is broken. The dealership so far is not taking responsibility for this. We feel they have tried to cover it up. We have filed a complaint with the attorney general's office and are still waiting for a response from the dealership. Ford Motor Company is not taking responsibility for it. We have pictures available which we have shown to a mechanic at our closet Ford dealership and he stated this was absolutely unbelievable. This is a 2003 Ford Ranger. Has not been wrecked or damaged in any way.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #1

Dec 222009


  • 60,000 miles
2003 Ford Ranger passenger air bag did not deploy until 2 or 3 sec. After the accident truck hit tree about 40 mph drivers air bag went off passengers did not go off passenger broke back rear bed of truck came into truck leaving a arrow shape peace of steal approx 4" long inside of truck cab ware a 4 to 5 foot tall person would have it perched into head because of being belted into seat.

- Jackson , MI, USA

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