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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,250 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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2005 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 192014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the rear and spare tire frame rotted. The failure caused the spare tire to drop. The vehilce was taken to an independednt mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 142011


  • 53,000 miles
Exterior of truck is in mint condition, low mileage and mechanically sound. Frame and suspension rusted to the point of rot. Ford dealer cautioned that the continued use of my vehicle in this condition would result in a loss of the transmission and catalytic converter and additionally become a safety hazard to driver and other motor vehicle operators on the road. My gut feeling tells me these frames were made by the same steel manufacturer where Toyota frames were made. There are multiple complaints from other owners of this model who have the same issue with their frames. I have owned Ford cars since the 1970S and never have had a problem as severe as this.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 142014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Severe frame rust noted after 8/2014 Maine safety inspection. Chances of vehicle passing a 2015 inspection very remote according to the tech doing the vehicle certification. Only 5 Maine winters endured by the vehicle 2005_2010. Parked & garaged the last 4 winters.otherwise the vehicle is pristine. Lots of other folks with similar issue according to research of local body shops. Why??

- Gouldsboro, ME, USA

problem #3

Aug 012014


  • 61,000 miles


Under- bed mounted spare tire mounts rusted through causing tire to break free from vehicle at highway speeds. Upon further inspection it was noted vehicle has serious frame damage from rust, particularly the fuel tank support straps. The frame is falling apart at an alarming rate.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 252013


  • 96,000 miles
Top of frame from the shock towers forward have rusted thru and the frame has split. The vehicle is only 8 years old, has only 97,00 miles on it, and has never been in an accident. Vehicle is garaged at night and has not been driven in a snow storm during the last four years. Otherwise vehicle is in excellent condition.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 072006

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Ford decided to not include rear inner wheel well splash shields in the pick-up beds for the 2005 model year, the rear wheels now 'inject' road liquids into the bed through openings in the bed seam under the cap rail. If a person has a shell or cover on the bed any contents live or not are exposed to whatever is splashed in seattle because of the rain, I grow mold if I use a shell.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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