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 7 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
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (148 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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)

"Brakes lock up and vehicle slides on wet pavement"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Sooner than I thought after buying the truck"

David S., MA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"replaced front wheel disk brakes"

V B., UT (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Just wear USge"

Steven B., MI (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Brake pads were down to metal. Late replacement resulted in having to replace rotors in addition to the pads"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The brake pads wear out because the rotors don't wear right"

Ken T., MO (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I had the 2005 Ford Ranger 2005 XLT for ten years. I drove through mountains and plains. In the tenth year the Ford mechanics suggested that the brake linings be replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Had $500 brake job done at 60k and $700 brake job done at 87k (20k--too soon). Mech said this happens. My intuition says it doesn't"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Wear USge"

Steven B., MI (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Complete brake job included rotor replacement (as it did before), pads"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The rotors on this pickup always seem to warp easily. This gets annoying after a while"

Ken T., MO (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Brake pad broke apart"

Fred H., NC (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-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

Fuel gauge/sender

"The fuel gauge doesn't work. Also, eight months ago my fuel pump failed, leaving me stalled in traffic twice"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"fuel pump in hard to get to location"

Lenore P., AZ (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Noise indicating wear"

V B., UT (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"FP failed while driving. First "fix" was not fixed, so it went out again"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"surprised the Fuel Pump failed with the low mileage of the truck"

Sonja S., GA (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Location of pump is in the fuel tank. Mechanic had to drop the tank to get to it. $425 for the part, $300 for labor"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard starting....fuel pump doesn't always start pumping when key is turned to "on." At dealer right now"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Dealer can not find the reason for failing to start, repeated service calls"

Roger L., CT (2005 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

"Front rubber ball joints needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"worn, had to be replaced"

Richard P., FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Entire wheel bearings needed replaced. Both sides"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Worn front wheel bearing/hub. Fixed it myself"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Left front wheel bearing wheat out"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Haven't replaced the shocks since I bought the car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Idler arm and center link have worn to the point that replacement is recommended"

Steven P., UT (2005 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)

"Flaking paint on tailgate"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"clear coat going bad"

Ken J., FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rusting on lower half of truck"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rocker panels are rusting"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Front chromed bumber rusting badly no win two sections, both at either end of bumper Also, both footrails needed to be cut of, they totally rotted away. These are OEM parts Ford buys and installs for the 4WD models, apparantly"

Mark K., VT (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Paint too thin rusty all over"

Stevie W., CA (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Every time we have a heavy rain the back windshield leaks on the passenger side. Creates puddles, but can't locate the specific point of leak though"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Driver's side front upper control arm rubber bushing squeaks when in motion"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Air or water leaks

"Water was leaking into the cab and it appeared to be from the seal at the back window. This was replaced, but it was not the problem. The problem was with a clip on the top of the cap. Once I had sealed it with caulk, the problem was solved"

Robert B., TX (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Window seals will leak in heavy rain"

Eric D., MI (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We get some heavy rain storms in Florida, and rain leaks in the top part of the extended cab of the truck. You can also hear water swishing in one of the doors sometimes"

Debby L., FL (2005 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

"Had to replace front axle seals. Replaced rear differential seal"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"There are bad contacts between the swtich and the 4 wheel drive unti. If you tap on the unit it will go into 4 wheel drive"

Steven G., IA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Had problems getting it into 4 wheel drive. Replaced one unit years ago and now starting to have same problem"

Steven G., IA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Front axle had to be dropped out of the vehicle to replace the seals"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Vehicle will not shift in to 4 wheel drive. Need to check shift motor on transfer case"

Michael M., PA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Replaced original AC compressor. Not bad actually. Did it for about $650"

Evan Y., TX (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Original compressor became very noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The fan motor doesn't always work and has to be coaxed. The 'dot' indicators for warm, cool, cold only work on cold. The heater doesn't work"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"It leaked refrigerant and needed a new evaporator"

Anonymous, FL (2005 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

Engine knock or ping

"Began knocking when starting on mild warm days, Unable to determine cause of knock. Problem has come and gone 3 times in 2 years"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear main seal has developed a small leak according to my mechanic. He didn't think is was severe enough to spend the high dollars to get it fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Very minor leak at rear of engine.I will not repair"

Rocky G., CO (2005 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

Glass defects

"crack started in windshield a few months ago, looks like it originated from under gasket, now propigating into field of view"

Mark K., VT (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Passenger door failed to latch. Caused by malfunction of aftermarket installed electric/automatic door locking mechanism"

Jeremy K., NM (2005 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

Coil

"replaced coil packs, plugs, wires, did not help. Dealer thought they would"

Roger L., CT (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Required replacement of wires and plugs due to poor starting and missing"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"CLUTCH SOMETIMES SEIZES IN COLD WEATHER-ISSUE WAS ADDRESSED WHEN NEW AND SEVERAL YEARS AFTER BUT THE ISSUE STILL EXISTS. i THINK IT IS A BURR ON THE CLUTCH ARM ASSEMBLY THAT BECOMES AN ISSUE IN LOW TEMPERATURES"

Charles P., AL (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Seals on front axel and rear seal on transfer case"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Since the manifold has never been touched I was surprised that the bolts were broken"

Sonja S., GA (2005 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Both areas I believe were from old age"

Anonymous, MA (2005 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

"You never know if you are going to be able to successfully get another CD to start playing when you remove the one that is already in. It will keep ejecting"

Debby L., FL (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"$424 to fix. This ain't your father's thermostat"

Robert G., TX (2005 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

Headlights

"it seems like the seal on the headlights was not good and so when moisture got inside the lamp the light would stop working and it would get rust on the coils"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

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

"The 2005 Ford Ranger XLT had a malfunctioning valve in the engine block the mechanism that allows gas in to piston and vents spent gas to piston"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"It wouldn't shift into gear. I had the master cylinder replaced last year. This year I had to replace the clutch. Now it's doing it again"

David M., MI (2005 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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