The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough, noisy and inefficient engine; plus a cramped and uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished too. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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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 2011 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

"Clattering or clunking sound when going over light, fairly sharp bumps. It rattled all the time in town. It turned out to be the caliper pins or hanging mechanism to the brake caliper attachment to the chassis"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace all four calipers after only 13.5k miles"

Stephen B., OH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Margaret L., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"In the last 12 months, the parking brake came off twice; there was a line to one tire that wasn't attached. It seems best to keep the parking brake well adjusted"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Locked up. Had to have it towed"

Robert R., PA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Brakes, were replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Margaret L., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"It had to be rebuilt. this required removing the axels which made it expensive"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The calipers rusted and froze on the mounts. Caused the pads to wear out as they could not retract normally and the rotors were burned and scored. Not covered by new car warranty or premium extended 7 yr Ford warranty. The dealer and Ford said rust is not covered. I indicated that their is no mention of preventive or regular interval maintenance for brake calipers. End result, I had to pay full cost for repairs"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I think this was the first brake job on the vehicle. It seemed to be reasonable time, 88k"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors after only 13.5k miles"

Stephen B., OH (2011 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

"Door controls do not work - stuck on defrost"

M W., IN (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Small leak, needed a recharge. No leak repair performed"

Bernie E., NH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The ac dryer unit was replaced, the the cooling grill in front of the radiator was leaking and replaced. With over 100,000 miles on it, i have no complaint"

William C., MD (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"No cold air, replaced under warranty, happened again but warranty has run out. Not fixed"

Anonymous, NS (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Replaced seals, both sides"

David F., MI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Intermittent vibration and clunking lead us to a major problem in the rear end for the second time since I purchased this vehicle in 2014. The dealer wasn't happy to see me again after only 10 months since it was originally repaired and informed me that if I hadn't had a warranty package on it that they wouldn't even look at it this time as Ford only warranties their repairs for 90 days! What bull!"

Tom S., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

"Front wheel bearings"

Robert R., PA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"The seal for the differential leaked and we had to replace the differential when it seized up"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Axle bearings in the differential were failing (determined by NOISE) and fixed by an independent mechanic (NOT a dealership service center)"

Catherine F., WA (2011 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

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Was advised this was a weakness in the vehicle when i bought it. Not really a surprise. Unfortunately one part causes another to fail. Large repair bill"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Right front wheel bearings failed, requiring replacement of both front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Premature failure, at less than 60,000 miles, of front left wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Rattling sound coming from Cc. Was replaced by Ford under 80,000 mi warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Driver's Catalytic Converter side failed at 50,000 miles and passenger side failed at 58,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The catalytic converter failed and the Check Engine light came on in Feb. 2017. Replaced by dealer at no charge under warranty"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"The exhaust leak sounds like it's in the engine compartment is noticeable at lower speeds"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

Fuel cap

"Check engine light kept coming on because of fuel cap"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"had to replace O2 sensor"

Dennis B., MO (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Have begun getting error messages regarding the O2 sensors. Have not yet had any work done"

Michael W., IN (2011 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

Clock

"cannot adjust time,,,,present setting is wrong and cannot be adjusted to correct time"

Paul A., MA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"High beams just stopped working. Ford does some interesting wiring on the Rangers. the High beams have a separate fuse. Each low beam has its own fuse. Never had a problem like this with any vehicle i drove"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Signal lights did not work. Needed new motor"

Anonymous, NL (2011 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

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle in dashboard"

Steven H., GA (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It is a "FORD" ranger and it will always have a squeak or rattle. "Nuff said"

Harold B., FL (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"thermostat stuck open. Check engine light came on"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Cylinder #1 Sparkplug became defective causing the engine to stammer under mild acceleration"

Mervyn B., GA (2011 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

Transmission leaks

"Leaking seals at transmission. Repaired as warrenty item"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 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

"Rust on the rear bumper and the bottom of the doors is excessive for a 5 year old vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Engine Major

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 07 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2014 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of 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, Ford is recalling certain 2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles and 2011-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of 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." Ford is also recalling certain 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2010-2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles, 2010-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, and 2010-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began February 13, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall 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: 19V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 782384
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:TAIL 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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