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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,790 miles

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2003 Ford Ranger engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Sep 042005

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,815 miles

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

The idle control valve failed in open position. This caused the vehicle to idle at 4000 RPM. Driving ability was severely impaired at this high idle. Speed control while applying the brake was difficult.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 242004

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Engine stumbled on acceleration and surged, causing vehicle to hit another passenger car. Accelerator stuck on several occasions, nearly causing previous accidents. I took the truck to the dealership and stated the problems, even though they were unable to find the problem. They agreed that a problem could exist somewhere in the electronics. I am now serving 5 yrs and 10 months in prison for this accident. There was no evidence to support my plea, if it was a accident or deliberate act by the driver. Not only do I wish this to be fixed, but I need more evidence that this has happened to other people has well. I need written evidence from other states that these accidents have happened. In hopes it will help my case. So I can get back home to my family.

- Sutherlin , OR, USA

problem #9

Apr 242004

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Engine stumbled an accleration and surged, causing vehical to hit another passenger car. Accelrator stuck on several occcasions, nearley causing previous accidents. I took the truck to the dealership and stated the problems, even though they were unable to find the problem. They agreed that a problem could exist somewhere in the electroniocs. I am now serving 5yrs and 10months in prison for this accident. There was no evidense to support my plea, if it was a accident or diliberate act by the driver. Not only do I wish this to be fixed, but I need more evidense that this has happened to other people has well. I need written evidence from other states that these accidents have happened. In hopes it will help my case.so I can get back home to my family.

- Sutherlin , OR, USA

problem #8

Apr 242004

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

Engine stumbled an acceleration and surged, causing vehicle to hit another passenger car. Accelerator stuck on several occasions, nearly causing previous accidents. I took the truck to the dealership and stated the problems, even though they were unable to find the problem. They agreed that a problem could exist somewhere in the electronics. I am now serving 5yrs and 10months in prison for this accident. There was no evidence to support my plea, if it was a accident or deliberate act by the driver. Not only do I wish this to be fixed, but I need more evidence that this has happened to other people has well. I need written evidence from other states that these accidents have happened. In hopes it will help my case. So I can get back home to my family.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #7

Nov 032003

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
2003 Ford Ranger XLT does not exceed 80 mph. (transferred to rule making).

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 112004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
2003 Ford Ranger was purchased by the police deparment as a utility truck. On 2 separate occasions, with 2 different police officers driving the truck, the vehicle suddenly accelerated even thought both police officers report they had their foot off the accelerator and on the brake. The first incident occured 2/24/04 and the truck was taken to the dealer. They were unable to duplicate the problem but replaced the throttle body. The next incident occurred 3/11/04. Different police officer had multiple incidents where the truck surged foreward even though foot was off accelerator and on the brake. The vehicle was again taken to the local dealer and once again the mechanics were unable to duplicate the problem but did replace a valve assembly- throttle air bypass. The vehicle has 4000 miles on it.

- Blue Ash, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 192003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 490 miles

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

When the vehicle is shifted into reverse engine revs. Dealer examined the vehicle and reprogrammed the computer of the engine. Not long afterwards the vehicle was at a stop light and surged forward, nearly causing a collision.

- Aberdeen, MS, USA

problem #4

Oct 022003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109 miles
Occasionally when I apply the brake to stop, the engine accelerates as I depress the brake pedal. Some times only momentarily, but on occasion it accelerates to above 200 RPM for a few seconds and then returns to idle. There is no pattern. It seems to happen mostly when the engine is cold, but not always. My dealer told me that unless they could make it happen that they could do nothing to rectify it. It has done this since new. The truck now has 5000 miles on it. Hopefully the factory sends a recall before it kills me on the ice.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 242003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,800 miles
Serious safety hazard: Vehicle throttle actuates independently when brake is applied. I purchased a used 2003 Ford Ranger 2 wheel drive extended cab 4 door model with a 3.0 L engine with 21123 miles 3 weeks ago. Three times I have come to a stop, applied the brakes and the throttle has independently actuated. This defect occurs when I apply the brake to make a complete stop. Specifically at the exact time my foot depresses the brake pedal the throttle actuates by itself to increase the engine RPM. ( I did not have my foot on the throttle pedal) yesterday, the third time this has occurred. I kept my foot on the brake and the RPM increased to approximately 3000. Smoke emitted from the right wheel brake because of the rotation of the tire in opposition to my application of the brake. I had not been using the cruise control and was stopping from a relatively low speed of 5 mph either at a stop sign or in front of my office in all three incidents. Yesterday when parking in front of my office the engine RPM stayed constant and did not drop to idle.( during the previous two times the engine RPM surged and then returned to idle within 1 second.) however yesterday after approximately 5 seconds of constant high engine RPM I moved the gear shift lever of the automatic transmission from the drive position to the neutral position. The RPM then returned to idle speed and the transmission no longer attempted to involuntarily propel the vehicle in the forward position. I then immediately drove the truck to the conway-heaton Ford dealer in bardstown Kentucky for a warranty repair.

- Lebanon, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 242003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
When the consumer applied the brake pedal, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and collided with another vehicle.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 132003

Ranger

  • 5,000 miles
The throttle cable didn't say in place. As a result the throttle became stuck and the pedal went to the floor.

- Canton, TX, USA

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