really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,428 miles

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2003 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 102016


  • 87,000 miles


Entire frame rusted out. Won't pass inspection. Obviously an ongoing problem. Driver side behind cab to bumper very bad. It is actually allthe way into.we got it on a line of credit. We are out of $5000. Rest of truck is really nice

- Draper, VA, USA

problem #11

Dec 242015


  • 109,000 miles
Spin out and fishtailing issue. I was turning a corner and I stepped down to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. The tires begin to spinout; I lost control of the truck, crashed into the curb, and blew out three new tires and bent 3 rims. I also had some small damage to the truck's body. This spinout has happen on more than one occasion. Most vehicles would burn rubber, however this truck spinouts and has some fishtailing which I consider a safety issue. I would like to know what to do to stop this from happening again and know if there are other Ford Ranger truck owners having the same issue.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 022015

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 89,950 miles
Chassis and suspension exhibits excessive corrosion for the year and miles. Very heavily corroded and pitted while the exterior is rust free. The truck is a 2003 with 90000 miles.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #9

Dec 252003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 300 miles


The vehicle was riding very rough as though some one was knocking on the engine with a hammer. I took it to the dealer ( gene evans Ford ) which is where I purchase it from, all I was told was that is what a truck suppose to sound like. I continue to complain about the roughness of the truck, no one was concern about my complaints. Now here it is September 2010, I take my truck for a oil change and tire rotation in New Jersey and the repair shop writes up a invoice stating my rear axle needs an adjustment. The Ford dealerships has service my vehicle all this time and to me they made sure this would not be detected. I had an accident on January 4,2014 and my axel is now bent from a small impact because it was no good from the day I bought the truck. Auto nation was going to repair the vehicle and when [xxx] the manager saw the invoices with the diagnosis about the adjustment of the axel and the 2010 date on it, someone there told state farm that I did not want them to fix the truck. In all honesty they are the only one I wanted to handle this repair so they could give me a brand new axel or a brand new vehicle instead they lied to everyone and walked away from the problem. I had and have submitted correspondents to Ford also I had ask to speak to Ford representatives at several dealerships, I was told because of the high mileage there is nothing they can do. The most peculiar thing is that all the dealership made sure that no one address the problem with the axle although they had been rotating the tires and all and any other kind of repairs they as professionals knew the truck needed. Being a woman needed your vehicle properly maintained as to enjoy the longevity of something you depend on day to day just to have someone to take it for granted to pretend they have done your truck a viable service to keep you safe and on the road at all time. Help!!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 212014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,120 miles
Lost all brakes while driving. Found all brake lines rotted and in need of replacement. While replacing lines, noticed excessive frame and cross member deterioration from rust. Bed cross members completely rusted away and rear spring hangers rusted so bad they are ready to break off.

- Clintondale, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 102014


  • 110,500 miles
Truck made a clunking noise going around a turn. Checked it out and found the rear spring shackle and hanger had rusted off. When replacing found the spare tire well and hanger all rusted which could have dropped the spare tire onto the road. Also the frame is rusted completely through and needs repaired. Also with it rusted at the rear where the hitch attaches I could lose anything I maybe trailering. My frame is horrible for the year and unsafe.

- Halifax, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Body, chassis, and all suspension is rusted to a non-repairable condition. Bolts have to be cut to free, body underpinnings have denigrated to nothing, and paint is bubbling.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 222012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 202,000 miles
I was attaching utility trailer to my truck. I jumped in the trailer to get the ball to seat in the receiver and noticed the bumper pulled away from the body of the truck. I looked under neath and saw the frame broke in front of where the trailer hitch was attached to the frame. The metal is paper thin there.I'm curious if there is a recall as this seems very dangerous. My cell # is[xxx].thank-you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hanover, NH, USA

problem #4

Dec 212011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 58,600 miles
The right rear brake drum had a 2" piece rusted out, the left rear brake had rusted so bad it had broken loose in the drum and the shackles had rusted completely off. The vehicle has never been left outside always garaged, never been in high water or exposed to a high level off salt. The under carriage is always washed after road salt has been applied. The under carriage has more rust than normal for a vehicle taken care of as this one. The mechanic even commented on it. In 2010 the rear shocks had to be replaced because they had been rusted through.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 052004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 35,566 miles
When braking at any speed the consumer would hear a squeaking noise. The consumer was informed that front brake rotors were worn. The problem was not resolved. The vehicle also displayed a loud clunk that Ford was under the front end. The noise appeared to be upon shifting especially when going over bumps or when turning sharply. The drive belts were replaced

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152004


  • miles
There is no incident and perhaps this may not be the correct place to file this complaint but you can be the judge of that. My complaint is I own a 2003 Ford Ranger 4WD super cab with Goodyear factory installed tires which are wearing unusually (cupping/chopping). Tires have been rotated by Ford dealer, balanced, proper air pressure maintained and alignment checked. Vehicle has 16,500 miles on it. Tires are causing vibration and noise. I believe there is a safety hazard because I can't feel or hear if another component is failing. Dealer has told me he sees an average of 6 Ford Ranger with the same problem each week. Ford tells me there is no recall or directive to replace the tires and they will not replace them. Goodyear tells me that Ford has issued a broadcast service bulletin to its dealers to replace these tires with a larger size. Have no access to this bulletin but questioned Ford customer service and they said they have no access to broadcast bulletins. Ford customer service said this type of tire is not expected to wear normally because of its design. Why then put it on the vehicle? conversation with Ford was on the phone and I should have written exactly what they said but this is pretty much it. If the dealer is seeing this many vehicles each week there must be a huge problem somewhere.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 032003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Continental Contitrac tires constantly vibrate. Not possible to have balance last more than 100 miles before vibration starts again.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

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