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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Ford Ranger engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 292007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles


My 2004 Ford Ranger started idling rough and the check engine light came on. I took it to the dealer and they could not find a problem. They reset the check engine light and a few months later it happened again. This time the dealer found that there was no compression in three cylinders do to the valves not seating properly. The correction is to have both heads replaced, a cost that neither Ford or my extended warranty company is willing to pick up. I am a 3rd generation Ford owner and extremely irate that Ford has not issued a recall considering that this is a very expensive mistake on their part, and that they are making the consumer pay for this. Ford is very much aware of the problem as they have issued a technical service bulletin for it.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007


  • miles
2004 Ford Ranger, 3L V6, engine light came on and dealer said was an injector prpoblem. Took to another mechanic shop, who found zero compression on 5 and 6 cylinders, and the valve seats were damaged. Injectors were okay. Both cylinder heads need replacing with the new. Cylinder heads which would replace the defective, original cylinder heads, per the technical bulletin Ford released on 05-26-2003, but failed to notify owners or recall the vehicles. This was very expensive, and Ford could be identified as a crap company for defrauding the public and robbing me. Light came on at 55, 000 miles.

- Laplace, LA, USA

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