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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 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.

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2005 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 292014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 240,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Ranger. While driving 25 mph over a small bump, the spare tire detached from the vehicle and rolled into the middle of the road. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the frame cross members on the tire mount were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 240,000. Updated 10/14/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer was contacted. They did not offer any assistance due to the vehicle being out of warranty. Updated 3/31/15

- Evansville, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 202012

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Took my truck for its nys inspection to my Ford dealer-- tech stated he could not pass the truck because of excessive rust on a part of the frame. This vehicle has under 39K miles on it and is well- maintained. The rest of the truck is perfect and the rest of the frame has an expectable amount of rust for this climate. I have had four other Ford trucks used and stored under same conditions and none has had a problem with frame rust. The offending part is a front cross member though which some bolts pass. The holes around the bolts are "rotten".

- Oneonta, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 162009


  • 0 miles
My 2005 Ford Ranger truck is severely rusted on the underside. I had a 1992 Ranger previous to this one, and never had this amount of rust on such a critical area. Everything is attached to the frame and it appears to be prematurely failing, although nothing has fallen off as of yet. The rest of the truck looks immaculate, but underneath...looks 100 years old! this is a problem.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

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