The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC and side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test
The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain. Stability control and side air bags are standard for 2010. This is the last year for the Ranger.
Seating
3 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (154 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"When braking as the truck slowed to about 5MPH it would lose all braking and free wheel. The ABS was the cause and required replacement of entire front hub as the hub and ABS are one. An expensive fix $$$"

David W., MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Sensor out"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Did not work correctly"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Every time it is wet out the brakes don't seem to work properly with clicking, pedal vibration, and very poor brake function"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The brakes seem to seep? After a stop the brake pedal seeps down (like a leak) but not leaking. Mechanic has not found problem yet"

Henry L., MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Seized from lack of use over the winter"

Vern H., BC (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Actually the 2 brake cylinders in the rear cracked"

Leon B., NJ (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I have had three Ford Rangers over the years and all have had issues with parking brake"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"ROTORS REQUIRE REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Had brakes and rotors replaced but rotors later warped even though brake pads had 95% wear left"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"BRAKE PADS REQUIRE REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"first service did not fix problem correctly. Ford garage fixed it after some testing. Very costly to have two services for same problem within a short period of time"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Needed new to brake pads"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Ford brakes don't last long due to all the salt on NNY roads during winter - have replaced entire brake assembly couple of times in last five years"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rusting of discs and brake lines"

Kathleen G., AB (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal break wear - was 100,000 miles and only replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, ID (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced front pads in my garage. Cost ~$50"

David P., MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Weak stoping"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"We do not drive this vehicle a lot, so with the sitting around, brakes seize up or squeak a lot. Have them checked every other time vehicle in for check up"

Martha O., MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Line carrying brake fluid broke"

Richard L., WI (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Brake line rusted through"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"front brakes replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"brakes wore out"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The left front wheel brake line failed and lost braking ability as a result"

Brett B., MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Required shims to have proper alignment"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Just since we went over 100,000 on the odometer, it seems like I'm constantly having to have the wheels re-aligned. It will be fine for a while then I'll start getting a lot of road noise and some vibration, and when I take it in the wheels are out"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"The track was in storage for 3 years. Afterward it seemed to work fine until it had some clear loud noise and the diagnosis was that both ball joints be changed. Fortunately the noise was detected before they broke down"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They were worn, and needed to be replaced"

Lee T., NJ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"After a 3 year of being in a storage facility (I was out of the country) the car was starting to make an odd noise and it was a ball bearing"

Peter S., NJ (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pretty straight forward... upper and lower ball joints wore out and I replaced them followed by an alignment"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Worn lower ball joints"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The truck was squeaking like a set of rusty bedsprings. When I took it to the shop, my mechanic told me this was typical of Ford trucks. I had to have the whole front-end suspension replaced, cost over $1000"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Ongoing problem with noise, not safety, concerning integrated bushings that are not replaceable without replacing other parts. hard to identify which bushings are involved. Noise comes and goes"

SUSn P., IL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Shocks were worn when I bought the truck. Replaced with Monroe gas-matic (yellow tube). The end spun off of the plunger shaft and the shaft mangled the tube. Monroe paid for parts and labor to replace both shocks with an upgrade to black tube"

David S., TX (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"They were not functioning correctly"

SUSn G., CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"rusted rear spring support bracket failure"

Robert H., OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted/corroded rear leaf spring front shackles"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Though a Hvy Duty vehicle w/ low mileage, there was a higher than expected level of rust on the chassis and undercarriage, generally. Had to replace one side of the front wheel linkage/housing to keep a faux ABS sensing being acted on"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"original equipment tie rod ends lasted 97000mi. Replacement ends (Moog) lasted 5500mi"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had the brake pads and rotors replaced about a year ago and they reused the old bearings without adding any grease. The left front spindle, bearings and hub fused together costing $1000 to fix"

David S., TX (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The Clear coat peeling off"

Joan F., OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Area of paint flaking off after using stream of water from standard garden hose"

William O., CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The paint over the driver's door is peeling off. The paint on the hood seems to be heat-damaged and looks bad"

Jessie Y., AL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Paint pealing off of cab"

Hal W., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"peeling, about 15 sq. inches, down to primer"

William O., CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Paint peeled off exposing primer coat on left front corner of hood. Area approximately 5" x 7". Paint on remainder of vehicle is very good"

Anonymous, ID (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Metalic finish on front bumper is cracked and it was not caused by an impact with anything. The cracks are allowing the bumper to rust"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Paint seems to be very thin. peeling and flaking in many places. Tail gate rusting at bottom seam"

Louis A., WY (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"This is an old car and has had some spots of rust that we have repaired and repainted"

Claudia M., NH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"running boards and bed rusting out"

Hal W., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The tailgate rusted out at bottom, plastic bumper just fell off. Differential case had to be replaced because of rust. Had to replace brake line that rusted thru. Had to replace supports for rear suspension"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Frame needed replacement due to rust. Cost $4000, but that was still less than 1/2 the value of the truck in our area so I went ahead and had it done"

Robert R., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Frame and underbody parts are very badly rusted. A front wheel brake shield came loose after connection rusted out. When dealer inspected the problem they said truck is unsafe to drive because of all the rust"

Brett B., MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Both driver and passenger rocker panels had rust problems requiring serious work to correct"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission began to go out at about 168000 miles and it started with rough shifts into reverse. The rebuilt transmission was the source of leaks until the Ford dealer replaced some seals"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The replacement was due to the faulty installation of a previous replacement about 10000 miles earlier"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Truck won't go in reverse so mechanic said to replace transmission. We opted not to, too expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Transmission needed to be replaced. Vehicle kept slipping gears"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to replace the transmission. The main post connecting to the clutch was bent. We replaced the clutch x3 before the problem was discovered. The cost of replacing the post would have been more than replacing the transmission with a referbished"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"very difficult to remove air from master cylinder"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Not uncommon to have the clutch wear out after 10+ years of use. No issues since replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had to be replaced at 79000 miles due to leak in clutch slave cylinder"

Doug R., WA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Hard shifting into gear. Leaking fluid from slave cylinder"

Ray B., MB (2003 Ford Ranger None)

"In trip across country, clutch quit working. Replaced clutch that was last replaced about 10 years ago"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Gears hard to shift"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water leaking from timing cover"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Auto was discovered to be leaking coolant from the cover for the timing chain"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The thermostat housing leaked. It is a common problem with these"

Steve B., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None)

"Coolant leak. Had hoses and water pump replaced. Still leaks"

Gloria K., AR (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"every time it rains the rear window leaks profusely which causes interior water buildup and flooding of the floorboards"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"right rear axel seal neeed replacing with rear brakes"

Steve H., NC (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced seals around door and it still leaks air and noise. Dealership does not know what else to do"

Martha O., MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Continuing problem for years. Dealer and mechanics unable to locate source. Rattling noise from under vehicle - gets worse in warmer weather. Found one source - fuel tank hitting cross member - but after shimming tank, original rattle remains"

Carl L., CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Squeak in engine area. Had pulleys, belt and water pump replaced. Did not help. I heard another Ranger at the post office with same noise"

Gloria K., AR (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Just occasional wind noise from drivers window"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Seal on driver side door faulty"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Intermittant, could be engine sensor related, unable to diagnose so far"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rear seal leaks when parked on a upward slant"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The leak was actually in the engine drive shaft seal between the engine block and the transmission. An expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Corroded pressure lines to radiator had to be replaced"

Joseph G., CT (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Coolers and lines

"Had to clear lines to function properly"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"A retaining clip fell on the floor of the cab under the clutch pedal. Could not disengage clutch, off and on. Found out the retaining clip held the pedal in position. Safety issue, because we could not shift. Simple repair and inexpensive"

Chari L., OR (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The slave cylinder failed (leaking). Extremely POOR design! Made of plastic and mounted in a way the transmission MUST be removed to replace it! Other manufacturers designed to be replaced W/O removing transmission"

Kevin B., CA (2003 Ford Ranger)
Transmission computer

"Engine races and you have to stomp hard on the breaks to keep the car from running into something when you are stopping. (Ford doesn't believe me because it is intermittant) I wrote to the factory when the car was new. As it ages it happens more oft"

Laurie N., BC (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"had to haven compressor replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Internal structural failure"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The A/C compressor simply wore out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Wore out needed replacing"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"A/C unit does not cool. Tested the coolant, this is not the problem. Believe it is the condenser or ?"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"electrical is terrible in this car. Switches fail in most systems (AC switches, auto door locks, etc) . I never know when some electrical system won't turn on or off"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Slow leak undectable but I have to refill refrigerant every 2 years"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Hose fitting cracked, replaced hose"

James M., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"PCV hose leaking"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Had to replace the fuel pump three times in three years. All of these were supplied by the Ford dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Injectors cleaned and pump replaced, new pump lasted less than a year"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The pump on this truck is a relatively inexpensive part but because of the location, replacing it was nearly $900. Somehow this seems excessive"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"fuel pump quit working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"oxygen sensor failed on muffler"

Chester S., IA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Injectors plugged has to be from filters not working"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Controls on steering wheel went out"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Just replacing light bulbs. Regular maintenance"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"The seat belt warning light stays on all the time"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Almost all dashboard gauge lights have failed"

Richard L., WI (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Light bulbs failed. Replacing bulbs requires total dash removal"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Interior overhead light cover snapped off. Have not been able to repair or replace the part"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers will wipe up and stop. I have to cycle the wipers on and off to get them to work their way down little by little"

Sean M., MO (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The constant velocity joint on the front drive shaft failed"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"axle seal leaking gear oil on brakes,replaced seal,OK now"

Scott G., NY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Wheel hub assembly broke while driving far from home. Towed in. Repaired at independent shop for $210. Back on road in less than 4 hours"

David P., MI (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"The u-joints both failed causing severe vibration. The vibration over time damaged the transmission rear seal and the differential front seal. It also cause the y-pipe with catalytic converter to break. All these had to be repaired or replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
CV joint

"Husband's truck and I need input from him to finish. Repair involved clutch too"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"broke"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Distributor or rotor failure

"Camshaft synchronizer assembly was squealing. Shop said bearings supporting the shaft had worn out"

Paul J., TX (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"camshaft position sensor failed $800.00 + repair cost"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"generic electronic module cost me $750 for the module and you can only buy it from Ford. Total cost to fix it is about $1000, outrageous"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Plugs actually loosened up in cylinders. 5 of 6 were loose and 1 actually nearly fell out"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"almost flawless operation for first 3 years of ownership. Last fall it hesitated and almost stalled and ran very uneven. dealer replaced plugs wires ,other ignition parts, never did get check engine light to go off. thought it may have been bad"

I H., IN (2003 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"The weather strip around the rear glass leaks. Had it replaced but didn't fix problem. Tech mentioned the body flex while driving may cause gaps between seal and body metal"

Louis A., WY (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Door on pastenger side wuill not lock have to manually lock it"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Windows

"Driver side power window does not function: stuck in closed position"

William O., CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rust was significant enough to reduce the price of the vehicle. The bed had a rhino liner and now we know why"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"tailgate cables broke"

Robert B., BC (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Oil pan leaking"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Had the rear main seal replaced while clutch was being replaced"

Anonymous, AK (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The valve cover gasket on the driver's side of the engine leaks at the rear of the head"

Steve B., PA (2003 Ford Ranger None)

"The check engine light has come on twice in the last 12 mos. Both were related to engine misfiring and uneven idle. The coil assembly, fuel pump and O2 sensors, spark plugs and a couple of other parts were replaced. It has been a good truck, I have k"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Had to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"rusted out"

Ray R., OR (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Tailpipe separated from muffler due to rust"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"when I bought the truck it had only 13000 miles. About 20000 miles the engine "locked" up. I had to install a new engine. This was over a year ago. I thought this should be mentioned"

John J., GA (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Identified by leaking coolant, replaced gasket and water pump"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"check eng light came on as a result of right bank camshaft timing chain jumped time. Repairs required engine removal and repair and reinstall. $2600.00"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CDs got stuck and you could not eject or load them"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Cruise control module to the left of the steering wheel broke, was inoperative and had to be replaced by the dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Timing chain enclosure has water jacket which failed (corrosion) and had to be replaced. Costly repair"

Robert P., TX (2003 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failed but at 125000 miles so no big deal"

John K., NY (2003 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
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