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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,000 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 engine problems

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 242010

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2004 Ford Ranger, while driving engine shuts-off. The consumer stated several dealers and auto shops were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 082009


  • 24,000 miles
The contact has a 2004 Ford Ranger. The fuel shut off valve was located at the front of the passenger seat under the dash board. The passengers can contact the component with their feet because of its position. This makes the engine shut down when driving. He had to pay to remove the valve and put it behind the kick panel on the right side. The manufacture was notified and he was advised that there was no warranty or recalls on this valve. He sent a letter to the president of Ford Motor Company. The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Powder Springs , GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 155,000 miles
Rough running, misfire and a lack of power due to a loss of compression.

- Standish, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 102006

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
2004 Ford Ranger with 3.0 liter fuel injection. Both cylinder heads cracked around exhaust valve seats. Both heads had to be replaced. Mileage on vehicle is 46,000 miles and not abused.

- Trona, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 222005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The check engine light on my 2004 Ford Ranger kept coming on, I was told by one dealer that it was an emission signal and that it would reset. It did but kept coming back. The truck then started running bad, so I took it to another dealer, who told me that there was a technical service bulletin out about this problem and they had to replace both of my engines heads. And of course because of the miles on my truck, I would have to pay for these repairs. I said that if Ford knew about this defect then why haven't they recalled these engines.

- Temperance, MI, USA

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