really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,235 miles

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2005 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2005 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 242016


  • 95,543 miles


Bought this truck new and after its first winter, was already showing severe rusting on the frame, now 11 years later the rear frame is rusted so severely that the rear spring shackles mounting brackets have completely failed and the metal on the rear frame rails is severely rusted and perforated where the spring shackle brackets attach to the frame, also the spare tire hoist assembly that holds the spare under the truck, has also failed and is dangerous, can no longer use it as spare tire is a severe safety hazard of falling off the truck that could severely injure or kill another motorist should it fall off the truck and strike another vehicle or fly through someones windshield. NHTSA should require that Ford recall these trucks, and be required to replace the frames, similar to the Toyota Tundra recall several years ago for rust problems on their frames, a truck frame should not rust away on a 2005 Ranger that has 98,000 original miles on it! Ford failed to provide any corrosion protection on these Ranger truck frames.

- Sterling, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 132015


  • 29,848 miles
L/front suspension snapt from the frame (the frame brock).

- Norfolk, MA, USA

problem #9

May 082015


  • 126,594 miles
Fist size and multiple finger size rust holes in frame. Spare tire mounts completely rusted off.spare tire was held on by steel line. When I was driving down the highway leaf spring mount on driver side rusted completely off. Leaf spring now pushes up on bottom of the bed. Also happened while driving down highway heard a loud bang. Got home and seen that is what happened. Driving this truck puts anyone on the road in immediate danger. Driver and others. I would say everything that has happened would be "near misses"

- Ashley , IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 192014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the rear and spare tire frame rotted. The failure caused the spare tire to drop. The vehilce was taken to an independednt mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 052012


  • 37,000 miles
Spare tire and carrier detached from frame. Rear bumper detached from frame. Right rear leaf spring shackle collapsed. Gasoline support strap detached from frame cross member. Midsection of frame cracked at 47,000 miles. This was all due to corrosion of metal over the last two years.

- Charlton, MA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,433 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Ranger extended cab. I was driving it and I noticed that my brakes felt really funny so I brought it to my mechanic and he told me that the brake lines were rotted out, but more importantly that the frame was rotted out. The body mounts are rotted out, the shackles are about to fall off. He also said that the frame rails in between the leaf springs are about to break in half, and if this happened to me while I was driving I could have killed someone or myself. I am very concerned about my safety and the safety of everybody else driving a Ford Ranger that is not aware if its issue. I am also now stuck with a truck that needs work done that will cost twice as much as it is worth.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 142014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Severe frame rust noted after 8/2014 Maine safety inspection. Chances of vehicle passing a 2015 inspection very remote according to the tech doing the vehicle certification. Only 5 Maine winters endured by the vehicle 2005_2010. Parked & garaged the last 4 winters.otherwise the vehicle is pristine. Lots of other folks with similar issue according to research of local body shops. Why??

- Gouldsboro, ME, USA

problem #4

Aug 012014


  • 61,000 miles
Under- bed mounted spare tire mounts rusted through causing tire to break free from vehicle at highway speeds. Upon further inspection it was noted vehicle has serious frame damage from rust, particularly the fuel tank support straps. The frame is falling apart at an alarming rate.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #3

May 012014


  • 60,000 miles
My husband T-boned a semi at 35 mph. The truck spun around and the rear of the truck also hit the semi. The airbags did not deploy. He incurred multiple injuries, some of which could have been minimized had airbags deployed. The truck was totaled. There was a direct hit -- I.e. front of truck hit side of semi and destroyed engine (and more), yet air bag did not deploy..

- Iola, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 252013


  • 96,000 miles
Top of frame from the shock towers forward have rusted thru and the frame has split. The vehicle is only 8 years old, has only 97,00 miles on it, and has never been in an accident. Vehicle is garaged at night and has not been driven in a snow storm during the last four years. Otherwise vehicle is in excellent condition.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 062013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 73,164 miles
Hit a parked van.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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