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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,181 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 miscellaneous problems

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 102016


  • 87,000 miles


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 #5

Jul 162016


  • 120,000 miles
Two tires, douglas xtra-trac II, bought from a local big retailer are not under warranty. Both tires bought on April 8, 2016 with less than 5000 miles on them are showing signs of band separation in the outer sidewall. I must contact the manufacturer to get any assistance with the issue. I plan to do this immediately, however, I am concerned that I may have a blowout while driving. Please investigate these tires and save many low income consumers from further auto damage and greater expense. The vehicle is shuddering when operating at speed of 43-65 mph.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012015


  • 117,000 miles
I was driving my Ford and the back bumper dropped on the driver's side, sending it and the spare tire to the pavement. After further investigation, it has been determined that the frame is rusted through and only holding on by a small bit on the passenger side. Also, the spare tire support is only holding by approximately 1 1/2 inches. In addition, the cross member forward of the spare tire support that supports the evaporative emissions controls is virtually rotted in half.

- Glenfield, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 052005


  • 52,086 miles


2003 Ford Ranger airbags symbol on the dash started coming on. A rivet rubbed against air bag wiring under the carpet which caused the air bag light to illuminate.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 152004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The truck is less than a year old and the paint on the roof is peeling. The best analogy is that it looks like there are spots where it is "sunburned" and the paint is peeling away from the structure. This is an "electric blue" color.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 172003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated dealership didn't inform him about the trucks' inefficiency to exceed the speed of 80 mph. If the truck was driven at that speed it experienced a severe vibration and would not go any faster. The speedometer would register 120 mph.. the consumer was told that 4-wheel drive vehicles should not be driven on dry roads.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

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