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.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"Severe tire wear noted.......Additional shims needed to correct alignment problem"

Colin C., MN (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"broken ball joints"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Ball joint had to be replaced due to normal wear."

Guy S., MB (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Only problem in 100k miles because this area is under desined"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Broke"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump wore out after 13 years normal wear & tear"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks worn out from carrying heavy loads."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"shocks and struts were replaced due to wear/age"

Thomas W., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rear spring mounts rusted out"

Ron P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The ride became harder and harder."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Used"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The bed was half full of sand, another time full of wood chips, the torsion bar broke"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion required replacement"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Needed replaced at inspection time."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"replaced by dealer but regular mechanic doubts that they needed replacement"

Colin C., MN (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Outer tie rod end snapped off during a left turn into oncoming traffic. Lost control of direction but managed to still accelerate hard completing turn before being destroyed by oncoming traffic"

Richard G., MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Both front wheel bearings needed replacement."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"under designed"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I've had wheel bearings replaced about every 65000 miles, which I consider pretty unacceptable. Other than that, the truck is just getting old."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace one front tire hub"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"both front wheel bearings bad,right side locked up."

Dean E., IL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rear cab window opening window leaks. Cab gets wet inside after heavy rain. I have tried sealing with silicone—improved but not cured. I plan to have it replaced with a fixed window."

Eric S., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"There was a little water leaking from the rear windshield."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Weather gasket/seal third brake light was found to have leaked water for a long time."

Matthew S., NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Thermostate Housing leaking water."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Water leaks around windshield seal. Had to replace windshield and seal to fix problem."

James P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The windsheild has developed leaks across the top"

John B., MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"cabin leak when heavy downpours. unable to locate source"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Leak around windshield & wind noise around doors"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"rain gets in the door on the passenger side every time it rains"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Doors retain rainwater, do not drain well or quickly. Tail light in back of cab leaks and ruined cab headliner"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Water leaks in through rear window. Pretty sure the seal is "shot". Local dealer wants to "diagnose" the problem I am suspicious that this means increased costs"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford Ranger None)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattles and squeaks have been nearly constant for many years. They tend to get worse when the weather gets hot but also have been getting worse over time. They drive me nuts!"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I have squeaks when I pass a speed bump"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"at 66000miles I started to hear a few rattles and squeaks"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger air bag rattles. Sounds like it has come loose"

Bob M., GA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Groans and squeaks in the suspension system when turning, braking/stopping, or starting out."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rattles when going over bumps.. Sounds like somethign is really loose... Replaced all ball joints and bushings in front end, including wheel bearing ans cv joints... Still have rattling"

Yvon V., MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Unusual knocking noise coming from the engine. Spent over $1,000 trying to repair any possible worn parts, but noise still present and truck drives fairly the same"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None)

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)

"When the vehicle was less than 2 years old the paint on the front fenders showed cracks. This was not covered by warranty"

Kathleen G., AB (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on hood"

Mike M., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rocker panel and tailgate rust"

Cameron B., NS (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rocker panels,frame.ford frames rust early and long"

Dean E., IL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"extreme tailgate and bottom of door rust, considering getting rid of vehicle even though it still runs well"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Truck is only 1 year older than my car and is rusting much worse around the doors"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"it was mostly above the two rear wells"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exceeded it's no-rust-through warranty by a decade. No complaint."

David D., NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"rocker panels and cab corner perforated."

Dean E., IL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"the frame is really rusted"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Truck had rust since 2006"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"rust appearing on front rear bumpers, a 4'' x 6'' hole appeared in the truck bed"

Patrick G., MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bottom of vehicle has unusual amount of rust,undercarriage,running boards,attachment area for towing (do not think because of this that I would trust the towing capabilities"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Age of vehicle, lives outdoors in Maine, lots of winter wear. Had to have it ground off and treated"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Truck bed floor is rusting out. Had been covered Linex spray on coating but rust is forming underneath the coating"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rust is starting to appear on the passenger side door"

Guy S., MB (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rusting around rear wheel well"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I had surface rust problems on the rocker panels, door bottoms and the rear wheel opening areas. the wheel openings had large trim pieces which collected dirt and water and caused the rust. Also the bottom of the tailgate was beginning to rust, so it"

Anonymous, NY (2004 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)

"Idle Air Control Valve failed, causing rough idle."

Carl L., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Idle Air Control valve failed causing engine to stall at idle"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"This problem is a result of the engine intermittently running rich. And I mean really rich: smelly black smoke out of the exhaust"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"For the last several years the fuel gauge reads empty when I fill the tank until I've used about a quarter tank. Then It reads full until I'm down to about a quarter tank. I'm told that it's the sender in the tank. To avoid the expense and since it's still partially working, I choose to just monitor the mileage and position of the gauge."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump with integrated fuel filter failed and had to be replaced. Because of the location being inside the gas tank there were high labor costs"

James P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The truck was very difficult to start when it was cold."

Tom D., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed. Required tow to a repair facility"

Roger S., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Pump quit after stopping to shop. I got in to leave and truck would not start. I had truck towed to dealer for repairs. It cost $1100 to repair, because fuel tank had to be dropped to get to fuel pump. I read it is easier to lift bed than drop tank,"

N M., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Connector fell off pump while car in motion and fuel was sprayed"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Truck would not restart after being driven; left us stranded a couple of times. Was first diagnosed as a problem with the security system. New fuel pump cost >$1000 installed"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None)

"Fuel Pump failed preventing car from starting and requiring car to be towed to Ford Dealer. Repair required several man hours labor for dropping fuel tank to access in-tank pump and replacing pump. Total repair cost approx. $1000"

John S., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump failed while the vehicle was in motion. Replaced and problem was solved"

Larry V., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Pump had a complete failure"

D B., AR (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Failure to start due to no fuel pressure. Replaced the fuel pump to resolve the issue"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"This sensor failed after 13 years of us. The cost to repair was less than $300"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Inertial fuel pump shutoff switch (to shut off fuel after an accident) malfunctioned and shut off the fuel pump during ordinary driving"

Donald L., TN (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Truck sometimes runs very rich. We have had five mechanics try to diagnose this problem without success because it is intermittent. It may be the Engine Control Module. Check engine light does not come on until the catalytic converter istops worki"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Old and worn out. Had to replace"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced all three catalytic converts in a two week span"

James C., NC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"routine"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Rusted old system"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The muffler and tailpipe needed replaced and I had to replace the intermediate pipe because it was an aftermarket intermediate pipe that was put on by a previous owner and wouldn't fit with the muffler I had purchased"

John S., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Normal maintainable for the mileage"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"it was wore out and had to put new one on"

Dennis D., WA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Regular wear and tear due to age"

Paul K., IN (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"needed to be replaced at 78000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"muffler and tailpipe rusted thru. I expect that it was just age"

T W., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced when replacing catalytic converters"

James C., NC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"light on the instrument panel indicated and exhaust problem---new muffler and tail pipe fixed it"

Michael K., WI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"normal wear out from lack of milage"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Vehicle was part of a major airbag recall"

Stephen D., NJ (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Two airbag recalls for possible malfunction causing injury"

Cameron B., NS (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Rusted and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"need to ge replaced at 78000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"wheel sensor failure"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"gear and sending went bad causing front right wheel brake to grab and pull"

Ronald B., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a bad sensor that repair shops have trouble isolating the problem that causes that system not to function and it's going to be a costly repair"

Stephen K., OH (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one wheel locked up"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"slight wear in hubs caused anti lock system to squeel"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"A frozen caliper slide pin resulted in premature pad wear which in turn damaged the rotor"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had never done any break work in 40,000 miles with the truck. Started getting rubbing/squeaking.. Tire wear.. had all of the brakes redone along with two new tires."

Christine I., MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced all of the brakes with the exception of the emergency brake. Vehicle had 140,000+ miles on it."

Christine I., MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"routine"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a big problem just came time to replace rear brake shoes and front brake pads due to wear down"

James P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I needed to have the brakes replaced. Normal wear and tear"

Debby J., OH (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Grabby, noisy disc brakes. Leaky rear axel seal, bad bearings. Burnt drums. Inoperative adjustors. Parking brake hung up. Bad shaking, front & rear"

Jim K., MN (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"driver side parking brake cable seized"

David H., BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"parking brake shoes wear out, apparently as a result of something that causes them to drag on the drum. expensive to then replace shoes, drums, etc. since i never actually use the parking brake, this is not a case of driving with it on"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Premature brake pad wear was cause by a frozen caliper slide pin"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Rust through of rear brake line. 15+ year old vehicle spent most of it's life in NH and ME, not a major surprise."

David D., NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Rust had built up in one of the rear brake drums"

Randy P., OR (2004 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

Gear selector or linkage

"gear selector arm went bad when the plastic bush cracked making it hard to selct and keep in gear"

Stephen K., OH (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"The torque convert started grinding a little after about 4 years of being new"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"At startup sometimes I can’t shift it into gear."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Occasional shuttering or bucking of transmission while driving around 50 mph or when starting out cold"

Richard N., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The shift does not go smoothly into gear from a stand still or when moving. Light pressure is needed to let it put itself eventually into gear"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Gear shift jumpy"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford Ranger)
Transmission leaks

"had a bad seal. had it replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission seal was leaking a little"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Truck would die (like releasing clutch with foot on brake on a manual transmission) when stopped at a light after a 20 minute, 50 mph ride. Took it to a Ford dealer which hooked it up to their computer for diagnosis. Nothing detected. Took it to a local mechanic who looked at it and said it was something with transmission, a service that he didn't provide. Took it to a transmission place who did a bench test on the transmission. He also said that there was nothing detected. Took it to another mechanic who confirmed that nothing was detected, but recommended a complete tune up. since I had not ever had it tuned up, I went ahead with the tune up. Problem ceased and everything was great until the problem reoccurred. Took it back to Ford dealer who said a new mechanic who has 20 years experience with Ford trucks thinks it was a selinoid in the transmission. He replaced the selinoid costing me close to $1000 for replacing a $45 part. It runs without problem for past 6 months. The one thousand bucks, I guess, was worth it since I don't have to pay for a new or a new used truck . I found it interesting that the dealer nor the mechanics, when the truck was hooked up to the electronic diagnosis, could ID the problem. They checked the condition of the computer and found it functioning, but unable to detect the problem. Luckily, the dealer hired a guy that had experience with Ford Rangers and thought he knew the problem even if the computer didn't. If he was not there at the right time, I'd still be cussing at the darn thing. I did a lot of reading up on Ford Rangers on the internet and found many problems with transmissions, however none identified the selinoid. I wish I had read up on Rangers before I bought it used ten years ago. I probably would not have bought it. For the past twelve years, I have owned Hondas and have never had any experience similar to the one with the Ford Ranger."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"would not go into 4 wheel drive"

Anonymous, VA (2004 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"turn signals"

T W., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Brake lights and turn signals keep burning out"

Donald M., ID (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Three lights illuminate the central gauge console. When one goes out, that portion of the console cannot be seen at night. Replacing one burned out bulb is a $1,200+ job, because it requires dismounting the entire dashboard."

Tom O., WA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel gage failure."

Jack P., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Clouded lenses--able to refinish. Unable to find LED bulbs that are bright and project functional high beams."

Jack P., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After a hard rain, when I turn on my headlights, the horn and windshield washer/wiper comes on"

Gary K., NC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Horn

"One of the relays that control horn, lights, wipers and turn signals went bad. Turn on the lights and the wipers turned on. Blow horn and lights flashed"

T W., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Engine warning light on - no reason"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper difficult to shut of after w/s washer is used"

Dean E., IL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket began leaking and needed to be replaced. Considered normal wear and tear based on age and miles driven. Same held true to valve cover gaskets replaced the previous year."

Richard N., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I consider it normal to have oil leaks because of dried up or worn out seals on a vehicle this old with 160000 miles. The vehicle could have been driven, but I elected to have them fixed."

Kathi A., NV (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Engine oil leaks"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"oil pan leak and rear main bearing seal leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Leaking valve cover gaskets"

Richard N., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Repaired differential"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"oil leak around the funnel device that is only used during a filter change"

Larry M., IA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Had to disconnect the "door ajar" warning system because it beeped and lights flashed constantly"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Back seat passenger door is hard to latch so the door ajar light comes on and we have to pull up on the door to get it closed tightly"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Ford Ranger None)

"The passenger door latch has never functioned properly"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"Remote controlled left/right side mirror controls failed"

Matthew S., NH (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"latch handles are cheaply made"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"spring on latch broke, wouldn't allow keepers to extend to secure tailgate"

Ronald B., PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the handle for the tailgate latch has broken 3 times"

John B., MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

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

Differential

"Gasket and cover failed- lost all fluid had to have it towed. Repair was reasonable (just the gasket, cover and fluid, not a total replacement) because I caught it before any serious damage."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"u joints on drive shaft getting lose"

Paul K., IN (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"FRONT WHEEL BEARING"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"SEAL LEAKING"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"slippage, the U joints were coming apart. The vehicle has a slipping transmission. I had the transmission rebuilt twice- once by Ford and once paid for by me. I thought the drive train problem was a transmission problem, but it wasn't"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"worn out universal joints"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Periodically, it was difficult to change gears. I took it to my usual place - AAA Auto Care. They told me the only way they could specifically diagnose was to open up the clutch and, once they'd done so, it might make sense (given the truck's age and mileage) to go ahead and replace the clutch. I agreed to that repair. It had never been done previously."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"clutch slave cylinder has been replaced 4 times due to leaks resulting in no functioning clutch. every time this requires major job, remove transmission, etc to get at the part. has been very costly to deal with each time"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed suddenly, without warning. Required a complete rebuild"

Guy S., MB (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Gear slippage needed to rebuild transmission. Loud noise when releasing from four wheel drive has not been fixed"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission failed due to poorly designed sprag clutch. Rebuilt Transmission contains a sprag clutch with an improved design."

Guy S., MB (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Not sure of all details.. .had major engine work done, and still does not run well... engine light still on, still seems to slip, would not buy or recommend ford ranger (we have 2 for sons... major money pitt)"

Anonymous, CA (2004 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

"Air conditioner failef"

Pat B., BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I had to have it replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower works only on high speed and blows only hot air"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Heater quit responding to control. I presumed it was the heater door and bought an after-market kit to replace as the dealer solution (remove dash and replace heater box) is very expensive. Tested the actuator as the first step in the replacement process—it was dead. Replaced it and everything fine now.."

Eric S., CA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"No heat or defrost"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Cost $900 to fix. As I recall, it took a new compressor"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-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

Alternator

"The alternator light was on and off for a day, then at the end of the second day it went out and everything shut down"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"coil, which is also rotor/distributor, cracked and needed replacing. Could have been a DIY project but parts were cheaper through dealer, only extra was their labor charges. Worth the extra to know it was done right and guaranteed"

James P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"The vibration damper slipped back on its crankshaft hub and damaged the ignition sensor behind it. This shut down the ignition"

Fredrick S., TN (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"With almost 12 years on the plugs and wires I decided to replace them while coil was being replaced"

James P., VA (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I HAD A SPARK PLUG THAT WAS MISS-FIRING AND WAS FOUND THAT I NEEDED A NEW BLOCK. WATER HAD ENTERED THE BLOCK AND CRACKED IT, CAUSING NO 4 SPARK PLUG TO MISFIRE"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Bad valves had to rebuild head"

Loren O., MN (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"No indication that engine was overheating due to coolant leak resulting in engine damage"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Engine wore out. Had to be replaced"

Nicholas A., TX (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"timing belt looked good but squeeked"

David H., BC (2004 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Plastic thermostat housing cracked causing a coolant leak. Repair was costly."

Richard N., FL (2004 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Radiator

"Plastic radiator tank failed and could not be repaired. Radiator replaced."

Shelleyandpaul K., OR (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Had lots of miles before this became a problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"engine problem/computer sensor"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Dec 11 2017
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is superseding a previous recall for certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger trucks to implement a final repair. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 16, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S42. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V322 which was an interim repair. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S42.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V788000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 328213
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Dec 11 2017
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is superseding a previous recall for certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger trucks to implement a final repair. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 16, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S42. Note: This recall supersedes recall 16V-036 which was an interim repair. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V787000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 328213
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 25 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles manufactured March 24, 2003, to May 4, 2006. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began February 26, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S03. Note: This recall supersedes 14V-343 and only applies to Rangers manufactured in North America.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V036000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 361692
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
May 28 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 Ranger trucks manufactured March 24, 2003, to May 4, 2006. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on December 4, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S22. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 14V-787.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V322000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 362327
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
Jul 13 2011
NON-FUNCTIONING LIGHTS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
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.
What should you do:
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 more information:
FORD'S SAFETY RECALL NO. 11C18.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V352000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26715
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 11 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY DOPE, INC.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E025000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42540
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 17 2006
LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN AJ MOTORSPORT COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
AJ MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AJ MOTORSPORT AT 626-618-2026.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AJ MOTORSPORT AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E065000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3593
STRUCTURE: FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
Jul 14 2004
IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE FRAME RAIL SCOULD PUNCTURE THE FUEL TANK, RESULTING IN A FUEL LEAK. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, THE FRAME MAY HAVE A CENTER RAIL SECTION FLANGE THAT WAS NOT FORMED PROPERLY.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRAME TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE FRAME WAS INCORRECTLY MANUFACTURED. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, THE VEHICLE WILL NOT BE REPAIRED. FORD AND THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE VEHICLE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 19, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04S19.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V331000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1395
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