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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,823 miles

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2006 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

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2006 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 232016


  • 139,000 miles


The entire rear cross member that connects the fore and aft running frame members rotted out and dropped off the truck. This includes the spare tire enclosure, the chain winch and spare tire -- broke away from the truck as it went over a bump. With it went the fuel emission control tubing that now registers as a fault on the dash board. This was a serious fault and fortunately it occurred on a rural road instead of a busy highway where it would have caused major damage to any following vehicle. Alarmingly, when speaking to my mechanic, he says this is not uncommon. In fact, he has repaired many frames on Ranger -- spare tires falling off, bumpers falling off and so on.. indeed, there is a business who specializes in repair frame parts to repair rotten Ranger frames. This is totally unacceptable. The entirety of the remainder of the truck shows little or no rust but aft of the rear wheels is turning to swiss cheese. What will happen when towing a trailer when a bumper falls off?. apparently, Ford has known of this problem for years and has done nothing about it. The enclosed photo shows where the cross member and tire enclosure used to be, the torn member and the corrugated flex tubing for the emission control with a piece of the former spare tire carrier attached.

- Troy, ME, USA

problem #8

Feb 122015

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
Awful banging sound while driving, inspected truck, found rear bumper hanging half off. Rear portion of both frame rails had rotten off. Rear spring shackles rotten and not attached. I pulled the bumper off with my bare hands! if it had fallen off while I was driving it could have killed someone. This is not an old beat up truck, as a matter of fact it only has 17,000 mile on it. It still looks brand new. The Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 extended cab was bought new in 2006 for $20,000, now its useless, can not even fix the spring shackles, nothing to attach them to.

- Shirley, MA, USA

problem #7

Oct 152014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Frame is rusted out will not pass inspection. Spare tire holder rusted out. Tire would have fallen out. Cross member rusted out. We have a metalworking shop and will weld and repair ourselves at great time and expense. Point of rustout is near where the front bracket is to hold the spring. Give E-mail and I can send pictures.

- Sutton, VT, USA

problem #6

Nov 282014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,700 miles


Was driving and the bracket and cross member that holds the spare tire bracket up broke due to the frame being all rusted/scalely and rotted out which also led to the shackles being broken. When this bracket broke, my spare tire was hanging down and dragging on the ground which could have caused a serious accident. After the tire was taken down, this is when the deplorable condition of the frame was clearly visible. This truck should not even have been sold to me off of the Wyoming valley motors dealership lot in larksville, pa. I have had the truck less than 14 months and put less than 3,000 miles on the truck. The frame and undercarriage is unfit to be on the road and should not have been sold especially at a big dealership lot. I have also contacted Ford and they will not stand behind their truck and do anything about it.

- Freeland, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 252013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Ranger that I purchased new (its my second Ranger I had a 1996 that I traded in. I really like Ranger but have run into a major problem with rust on my Ranger. The spring shackles rusted and broke on both sides last week. I took my bed off to replace the shackles and found the brackets were also rusted out. The frame is very rusty and there is rusted holes through on the drivers side rear frame. I have not got to the frame under the cab or front of truck yet. Is there a recall or can I expect help from Ford. The safety factor of the frame concerns me.

- Penn Hills , PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 072014


  • 36,508 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2006 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact mentioned that both driver and passenger side rear spring rail, mounts and shackle were rusted preventing him from passing state inspection. The technician verified the failure and stated that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 36,508.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #3

Jan 092013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


Purchased this vehicle in 2007 with 8K miles and had some rust on the frame. Now, 2013 I have 24K miles and the frames is completely corroded and my brakes are failing due to the rust. Have already sanded the frame and painted, but the rust comes back. This a big safety concern because parts can break while driving.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082013


  • 65,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the spare tire detached from the vehicle. The contact merged to the shoulder and attempted to secure the tire back in the supporting rack by using hangers and rope. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the chassis frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 65,200.

- Pocono Lake , PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The door ajar light came on and warning buzzer sounded and dome light came on too. After days of replacing parts in the door and lube added to the latches in both the main door and small door the small door latch will not stay latched !! keeping the dome light on and the door ajar on in the dash. It's not the light switch that's not working it testes good and nothing wrong with it. The door latch is defective in the small door, won't stay latched or in the closed position, it on latches on it's own or after hitting a small hole or bump in the road.and it don't take much to on latch it you can do it very easy by just grabbing the bottom of the door and pull it a little and it lets go!! not very safe and very dangerous I would say in a wreck or roll over it would fly open you would be thrown from the truck I would say!! the seatbelts are attached to this small for you in the front seat and any body in the small seat behind you!! this serious and Ford made to recall these trucks and fixed.

- None, ME, USA

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