really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,213 miles

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2003 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 302015


  • 112,000 miles


I was backing down a driveway when the truck accelerated full throttle while I had my foot on the brake peddle. I ended up crashing into a tree totaling my 2003 Ford Ranger XLT.

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 032015


  • 112,132 miles
The pocket on the frame that holds the fuel tank straps rusted out. This could cause the fuel tank to fall off while driving and cause a fire or explosion.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 222014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 66,720 miles
Bought the 2003 Ranger new in Jan 2004. Last week, after coming to a stop at red light, it suddenly began revving up drastically ( 3000 + RPM's). Brake harder to keep it from ramming car in front. Put in park and turned off with key. Re-started and it ran normally. It has done this twice more since then, once when I put it in reverse to back out of parking spot. Both times it ran normally after the incident. Never had this happen before. Checked mats around the accelerator pedal, all clear. There are 66,720 miles on odometer, no major problems 'till now. "?"

- Milmont Park, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 172012


  • 50,000 miles
The truck stalled in traffic. Acted as if it was out of gas, but had half a tank of fuel. Called tow truck. Luckily the driver was able to show me the inertia switch, and how to reset it. Was charged 50 dollars for this, did not have to tow vehicle. Since then it has tripped many times when I have a passenger, it's placement is such that a passenger's feet will trip it very easily. It now also trips for no reason, no passenger, no bumping it etc. It has tripped while driving in the fast lane of freeway, no passenger in vehicle. This is very scary and dangerous. I had to pull to left side of freeway, with no power brakes, no power steering etc. Exit vehicle, go to passenger side open door and reset switch. Very dangerous. This "safety feature" can cause an accident, not to mention the multitude of reports I have read of people having vehicles towed and replacing fuel pumps when the issue was actually this switch. I was lucky to get a tow truck driver that was aware of the bad design, and it only cost me the 50 dollar minimum fee for him showing up. I called Ford, and they were no help at all. They denied even knowing that a problem exists with this part. I am very disappointed in Ford.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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