Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,460 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Ranger engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Ford Ranger:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 072005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 9,300 miles


On numerous occasions, while stopped in traffic, the vehicle has accelerated out of control, almost causing an accident. This has happened with at least 4 different drivers. Have had the truck looked at by 2 different dealerships.

- Blue Ash, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 032005


  • miles
The vehicle has been taken to the dealer on three separate occasions for brake failure and accelerator problems.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Consumer stated the pedals are so close together that sometimes when driving he hits both pedals at one time. The consumer stated that the brake needs to be moved 2 to 2 1/2 inches to the left.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #2

Feb 022004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. Consumer able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Hoyt Lakes, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 122003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While proceeding to leave the driveway the owner pressed the brake pedal and without warning the vehicle surged forward before stopping. It was later determined that this occurred because the accelerator pedal and brake pedal are too close together.

- Chicago, IL, USA

Not what you are looking for?