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 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 2007 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)

"I had to replace both front wheel hub assembly's because the anti lock component failed. The truck had less than 25000 miles on the odometer. That repair cost me $1200. My mechanic said it was due to the salt that they use on the highways"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"When brakes are wet from dew or rain, the brakes on the rear wheels lock upon apllying the brakes"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Rusted, probably due to lack of use."

Anonymous, MN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within a few weeks of buying the vehicle used 1 year ago, the left front break was binding which required caliper replacement. No problems since then"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed new pas on the front"

Johnny P., TX (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pulsating braking"

Lee M., FL (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"leaking calipers and worn brake line caused fluid loss and partial brake failure."

Richard C., MA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"worn out old age"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rotors were worn"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Persistent mechanical noise with pulsating brake pedal and some brake grinding when at very low speeds while turning. Every mechanic I have spoken to has indicated there is no problem though."

Nick P., WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2007 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

A/C compressor

"A/C system stopped working. Not sure why. Intend to have it looked at later in the spring"

John S., PE (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Clutch failure"

Randal L., GA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"it was due to a small control valve located so it was very difficult to get to"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Dash temperature control had to be replaced. Also, actuator to air ducts had to be replaced."

R S., LA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Leaked around outside of condenser"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"It has a slow leak. Not original equipment"

Anonymous, IN (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Condenser was replaced because of leak"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had leak and needed additional coolant"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Ranger)

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

Ball joints

"rubber boots cracked"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"wornout with age"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Sway bar bushings need replacement"

John S., IL (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"small leak in rack and pinion unit"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"hose broke.Rust"

Alfred C., QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Replaced one sway bar link Replaced break pads and rotors"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Tie rods were worn out and replaced them with new ones."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noise in left front wheel turned out to be a bad wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2007 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)

"paint peels off the rocker panels"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"paint peeling and rust progression of rear left box panel. Body shop repair estimate ~$3500 for repair/replacement. Too much for old truck, so pop rivet/sheet metal repair & can of matching spray paint to cover the deteriorating paint. Suits me fine for an old beater :) good for the woods roads to go fishin'!"

Anonymous, NL (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Paint chipping and peeling on the hood, particularly at the trailing edge; some fading and wear on the roof. The defects on the hood seem to be linked to the composite material used on the hood, as other Rangers I am personally familiar with of about the same age are experiencing the same issues. Wear on the rood appears to be normal oxidation secondary to constant sun exposure."

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"bed and rear bumper rusting"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"both doors and the tailgate experienced rust /decay- - - we've since heard that Rangers are known for this. It was taken care of by a local shop to our satisfaction"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Just noticed surface rust on side of vehicle today. We live on the east coast of CA. Salt air is compounded by salting of roads in winter. I'm still disappointed as I try to keep my vehicles clean"

John S., PE (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-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

"driveshaft seal oil leak"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Purchased a used driveshaft and differential."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Front wheel bearing"

Darrell M., WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Have had 2 new Ford Rangers (2002 & 2007) and in both the transfer case failed (bearings) at just over 100000km"

Anonymous, NL (2007 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

Clutch adjustment

"First gear is rough to engage"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"very hard to shift into 1st or reverse when stopped. Better when moving."

Anonymous, ME (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"getting into 1st and reverse very hard to do from a stop when moving much better"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Its a 12 year old 4WD vehicle that does not go into 4wd very often but the front transaxel housing developed leaks"

Anonymous, WA (2007 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)

"Service engine light has been on for quite some time. Garage mechanic did diagnostic test indicating somewhere within emission control/gas cap venting. Truck runs fine & cost oif detecting & repairing problem could be expenjsive. So just put a $.01 piece of black tape over the service engine light and problem solved :)"

Anonymous, NL (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The check engine light kept coming on. The Ford service place said it was an issue with emissions that didn't affect the function of the truck. Montana law didn't require that I fix it, but I did anyway for environmental reasons"

Anonymous, MT (2007 Ford Ranger None)
Fuel pump

"mechanic replace fuel filter for truck first started to use slow down then come to a complete stop. the vehicle never threw out codes so the problem took 2 months to final diagnose this include me bringing the vehicle to 2 Ford dealership to diagnose"

Anonymous, LA (2007 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

"Driver door exterior handle broke. It is made of plastic and most likely damaged from sun and use."

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"the little doors ratel,the door latchs can not be adjusted"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate hinges (male side attached to body) rusted and tailgate fell off"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"recall on air bag, passenger side ,it took 1 year after recall from ford to finally get the replacement part."

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Y pipe rusted through. Fixed by Ford"

Robert S., ON (2007 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)

"Minor problem. Driver's side rear signal light burned out."

Anonymous, NS (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Dash light for speedometer not working.$370 required to repair."

Anonymous, GA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"CD frequently does not eject. This is the second radio/player for this vehicle, both with the same problem. I have had similar radio/cd players in other Ford vehicles I have owned, all with the same issue"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The fundamental problem is that the ignition does not detect the key properly. When this happens it goes into lockout. The car cannot be started sometimes for several hours. I have not been able to get this problem fixed at the dealer or anywhere"

Michael D., IL (2007 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Bed squeaks and rattles a lot"

Brad C., KS (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"What more can I say wind noise"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Ford Ranger None)

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

Starter

"Needed a new starter"

Lyle M., ON (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed. Car would not go forward. After leaks, repair to tranny cooler, and 3 days troubleshooting was repaired under extended warranty"

Vera B., NH (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 10 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012 Ford Fusion and Mustang and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ 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 2009 Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ and Zephyr and Mercury Milan 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." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Ford is recalling certain 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ, 2005-2008 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners of the recall and that parts are not yet available began mailing March 1, 2017. 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 19S01.
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: 17V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 654695
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
May 31 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
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.
What should you do:
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 19S01.
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: 16V384000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1892343
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
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