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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,187 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.

2008 Ford Ranger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172015


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Ranger. While driving various speeds, the engine stalled and the entire instrument panel illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. MA 08/13/15

- Macksburg , OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 122014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the anti theft system engaged without warning. The contact mentioned that instrument panel went completely blank and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that there was moisture and corrosion on the wire connectors. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 022013


  • 23,000 miles
Monday 6/3/13 went to start car and nothing happened. You hear clicking in the fuse box on the passenger side and in the engine compartment. Put key to just before start or accessories and the lights come on and radio turns on but if you touch the breaks it all shorts out. Turn the key to start and it all shorts out and fuse area starts clicking. Drove the car Sunday night and it was fine. Never had an issue with anything on this truck until Monday morning when I went to go somewhere. Totally baffled on what's wrong. Only thing I know is it rained on Sunday night Monday am"????" its seems like the ground is shorting things out.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008


  • 749 miles
2008 Ford Ranger. Has been in the shop now (6) time for the same problem. The engine light comes on. When this happens, the RPM's go up, the truck has no power, and stalls. Some times when the engine light comes on. I'm in stop and go traffic. The RPM's go up so high, that I have to put both feet on the brake, to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I have spent so much time, trying to get the this problem taken care of. The truck only has 5949 miles on it. This time it was in the shop for (8) days. Ford called, and said the tuck was ready/ repaired. Drove the truck 83 miles. Same problem. Now it sits at the dealership. I'm wondering what's going to happen, next? this all started at 749 miles. Ford even sent there engineers out to replace the dash cluster harness. Didn't work. Ford engineers came back out, and changed the fuel sensor. That didn't work. Ford engineers changed the 4022 and the 2022 pins. Still didn't work. They have retested the system. Same problem time after time. They now refuse to lemon law the truck. How much more of this, should I have to take, before someone gets hurt. This is a safety problem. I have contacted the Ford Motor Company customer relations. Talked with everyone, you could possible think of. But it never gets repaired right.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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