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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,946 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.

2004 Ford Ranger drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 222006

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,449 miles


Noise at times. Felt like it was slipping.

- Harbor, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 032005


  • 90,000 miles
While braking any speed consumer heard a clunking noise. Dealership informed the consumer of the drivetrain failure. The problem was not resolved.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 135 miles
Driveline "thump/clunk", 5 speed manual, 4X4 4.0L V6. 2004 Ranger supercab. Loud clunk from driveline while depressing clutch to shift gears. Also clunks while releasing clutch after gear select. Dealer defined as "typical" expected driveline noise. Refused to correct or apply a fix, claimed no technical service bulletin existed for the 2004 model year. I will follow up with another dealer.

- Thomaston, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 192003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
While driving 35 mph the rear end of the vehicle fish-tailed and caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a ditch and flipped on it's left side. The driver received minor scrapes and bruises. An independent mechanic determined the drive shaft on the rear end was the cause of the crash.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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