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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,677 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.

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2004 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 082014


  • 140,000 miles


Spring shackle fell off, frame is rusted, ready to break, cross member is rusted off.

- Meyersdale, , PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 042014


  • 145,000 miles
The right rear frame is badly rotted to the point where the leaf spring broke off the frame. That allowed the body to come in contact with the gas tank and shorted out one of the transmission wires. The front bumper is rusted out on the passenger side corner. The rusted frame is the big issue.

- Middleborough, MA, USA

problem #7

Mar 082015

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,800 miles
Tranny dropped down causing vibration and vehicle pulled off road and towed. Found 2 cross supports rotted and separated also.body of truck is like new. Frame unsafe. Toyota recalled for this same reason. Ford needs to be held responsible also.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #6

Mar 182014


  • miles


I own a 2004 Ford Ranger. The frame is two parts front and back held together by rivets. The front half of the frame looks in good shape, normal wear and tare for a 2004 truck but the back section of the frame including shock mounts and gas tank mounts are a rusty rotting mess. Its like perfect line. If the hole frame was like this I would say ok its a 2004 truck but its not. Seems to me this is a manufacturer flaw.

- Green Lane, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the rear shackles failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was advised that there was corrosion around the control arm where it was mounted to the frame. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000. Updated 06/18/14 updated 06/24/2014 the consumer stated the repair technician advised the steel rim was leaking at the weld seam where the two halves joined. The spare tire rim and holding device were rusted and rendered the tire could unable to be removed. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 06/24/2014

- Cotuit , MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 182014


  • 62,450 miles
Frame rusting out from under truck, noise when I turn to steer, and spare tire fell off.

- Waterford, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 152008


  • 60,000 miles


While driving my 2004 Ford Ranger, only had 60,000 km's on it, down the highway at about 80 kmph, the left side of the rear axle broke, as I was going over a bridge causing loss of control and striking a bridge, tearing up 20 feet of guard rail and railing 5 times. The air bags also did not deploy as they should have as front bumper hit bridge rail directly. Was cleaned up by police and tow company. Insurance company had the vehicle and believe they may have scraped it as they did not want it on the road again.

- Tofield , 00, USA

problem #2

Feb 242006

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was taken to the dealer for regular maintenance, the tires were worn. Upon inspection, the technician discovered the rear suspension settled after a period of time and resulted in excessive wear in the middle of the tires. The vehicle is currently undergoing additional testing before repairs are made.

- Fredonia, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 272004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,840 miles
We noticed extreme tire wear on the Ranger front tires, which at the time had 7840 miles on it. I immediately took the vehicle to bay harbor Ford. The service person explained that the tires were only warranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles. On April 27th, I arrived early and spoke to the service manager, Mr. Jim basilotto. He looked at the vehicle and agreed there was an alignment problem. I explained that the vehicle is garage kept and it is only driven back and forth to work on the local roads. The vehicle has never been off- road or even on bad roads and never traveled farther than port charlotte, fl. She or I can not ever remember hitting a pothole that would come close to causing a problem. The service people put the car on the lift and checked the tie rods by trying to wiggle them while the vehicle had its full weight on the tires. ( I personally check front end parts by raising the wheels off the ground and check for play in the ball joints also) the tire pressure in all 4 tires was low (lower 20 psi) and they added air. Again the tire pressure is as it was when it left the showroom. It is our conclusion that the alignment problem had to exist when we left the dealership with the vehicle and should be covered under the warranty. In comparison, my 2001 Explorer has 53,000 miles on it and the tires are in great shape. It has been off road on many occasions, through the worst bone jarring potholes on the cross bronx expressway and never had any alignment problems. I now have to pay to get a wheel alignment and a new set of tires for the Ranger and it only has 7845 miles on it. I feel that the dealership should have covered the tires and alignment under the 3 year, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.

- Rotonda West, FL, USA

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