Looking to buy a used Ford Ranger? Here are some complaints / problems and recalls to be aware of.


  • Smoke on start up.


  • Clunk in steering. Dealer fixes it by replacing tie-rod ends. There is a TSB-19844 telling the dealer how to correct it. [Numerous reports]


  • Slams in to gear on take off.
  • Transmission shakes and then vehicle jumps. [Few reports]
  • Automatic transmission lost 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear after 18,000 miles
  • Automatic transmission slams when down shifting.

Seat Belts / Air Bags:

  • Air bag did not deploy during crash. [Numerous reports]

Miscellaneous Electrical:

  • Anti-theft light blinks and shuts the truck off. Problem appears to be from the computer getting wet.
  • Anti-theft light blinks and won’t let the truck start. Problem appears to be from the computer getting wet.
  • Tachometer, speedometer, and odometer cluster quit working, check engine light comes on but engine remains running. Problem appears to be from a plug under the dashboard by the pedals that gets knocked loose.
  • Flashing dash lights and erratic gauges. Problem appears to be from the computer (ECM) getting wet.
  • Fire started in the passenger side near where the airbag was. Air bag blew as a result. Passenger kick panel also burned.



NHTSA Campaign: #16V384000

Date Announced: MAY 31, 2016

Vehicles Affected: 1,892,343

Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Ford Ranger vehicles, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2007-2010 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles, and 2005-2011 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Ford is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles and 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Any vehicle not included in “Zone A”, or “Zone B” is not included in the safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Consequence: An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Actions: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Ford mailed interim letters informing owners that parts are not yet available on July 15, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16S26. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning NHTSA recall #16V384000 »

2007 Ford Ranger Exterior Lighting: Tail Lights, Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights

NHTSA Campaign #11V352000

Date Announced: JULY 13, 2011 / Vehicles Affected: 26,715

Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2011 Ranger trucks built from January 25, 2011, through April 25, 2011 at the Twin Cities assembly plant, and service parts distributed to dealers for certain 2004 through 2011 model year Ranger trucks, 2002 through 2005 model year Excursion vehicles, and 2002 through 2007 model year F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, “lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.” The multi-function switch was shipped with a subcomponent (slider) that may experience deformation. A multi-function switch with a deformed slider may malfunction causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate.

Consequence: Non-functioning lights could increase the risk of a crash.

Actions: Dealers will replace the switches free of charge. The safety recall began on August 15, 2011. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA Recall 11V352000 »


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