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Ford Ranger repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 250 repairs.

Ford Ranger engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (49%)

< $100 (22%)

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual RWD

3500 mi

US $6
I noticed a slight oil leak on the bottom of the engine. Brought into Ford and they found the oil pan seal to have not set correctly from the factory. 

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2010 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

143-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual RWD

1900 mi Water pump was leaking, replaced under warranty. Also had an alignment performed, as truck was pulling to the left. 

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2008 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

148-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

24800 mi reset the computer, tranny would have a shift delay when it was inially put in gear 

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2007 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

17980 mi

C $450
Check engine light on, found that a wiring harness for the evap cannister vent was corroded. 

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2007 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

143-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual RWD

37000 mi

US $200
What a POS, 37,000 miles on it and it was diagnosed with a bad wrist pin of connecting rod bearing on #4 cylinder. We're driving it only around town, considering a new engine/rebuild. Crapcan POS 

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2005 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

103000 mi

US $30
Worn out Belt Tensioner. Replaced myself in about 30 minutes 
113000 mi

US $690
Cracked Thermostat housing. Had to replace whole unit + sensors 

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2005 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

148-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

80700 mi Just stopped at highway speed, replaced fuel pump. 
C $2250 replace cylinder heads as per Ford TSB #05-26-3 

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2005 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

148-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual RWD

73000 mi

US $56
Replaced faulty Idle Air Control (IAC) and serpentine belt (preventive maintenance). 

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2005 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

148-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic RWD

104500 mi

US $250
Fuel pump shutoff switch replacement 
109000 mi Truck lost power and went into "limp mode", and when turned off would not restart. Had vehicle towed to nearby shop where mass air flow sensor was repaired the same day. 

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2005 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

95000 mi

US $250
Replaced leaking thermostat housing 

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2005 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

104300 mi

US $800
valve spring broke, sending valve into cylinder 

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2004 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

102000 mi

US $540
Coolant leak from wiring loom attach bolt in head. 

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2004 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

60000 mi

US $240
Replaced Thermostat housing. 
72000 mi

US $141
Harmonic Balancer separated and needed to be replaced 

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2004 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

154-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

64000 mi CEL came on with P0456 code - very small evap leak. CEL went of on its own with no repair after about a week?! 
67000 mi

US $1550
Large oil leak. Replaced front and rear crankshaft seals and oil pan seal. 

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2003 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

57000 mi

US $270
cracked vacuum hose 
49300 mi

US $750
Total fuel pump failure 

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2003 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

75000 mi

US $30
Check engine light came on with codes for MAF. Car was rocking when idling and stalling intermittently. Cleaned MAF and replaced oxygen filter. No change. Found hose with hole in it, replaced and cleared codes - now fixed 2 weeks. 

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2003 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

164700 mi

US $2300
Piston busted into a million pieces had to replace engine. Used engine 2002 4.0 with 119,000 miles. 
46171 mi

US $489
Fuel pump replaced. 
60000 mi

US $95
Lower thermostat housing leaking, replaced with new lower and upper housing and new thermostat. 
154300 mi

US $150
Seam between upper and lower thermostat housing was eroded and leaking. Replaced entire assembly including seals and thermostat. 

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2003 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

154-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

183300 mi

US $750
Fuel pump failed, removed and replaced; time was extended by search for replacement fuel pump. 

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2003 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 7ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

95000 mi

US $500
synchro/timing 

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2003 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 7ft bed

154-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

85500 mi

US $160
Replace failed heater core 
107000 mi

US $787
No start-cranks, dies right away Fuel pump removed and replaced including R&I fuel tank and oil change 

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2003 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

143-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic RWD

149000 mi

US $300
Leaking valve cover gasket 

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2003 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

154-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

89000 mi

US $30
replaced throttle position sensor 
96000 mi

US $35
replaced the mass airflow sensor from junkyard 
115300 mi

US $183
clogged pcv valve & leaking vacuum hose 
118000 mi

US $980
Blown Head Gasket 

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2002 Ford Ranger

Engine not specified

141000 mi Hadn't done any repairs in a while. It hasn't been worth putting money into. Many unrepaired problems: it over heats... there is a low rpm hesitation... 

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2002 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

81890 mi

US $16
Replace idler pully on acc. belt drive. 
160000 mi

US $200
Radiator replaced. 
214000 mi

US $1750
Broken timing belt, bent valves, Repair head replace gaskets, timing belt, spark plugs, wires replace power steering pump, clutch replaced, replace leaking seals in engine and tranny Replace clutch, and engine rear oil seals 

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2002 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

72000 mi

US $165
Leak in vacuum line caused "Service Engine Light" to appear on dashboard. Vacuum hose was leaking and was replaced. 
117000 mi

US $750
Diagnose faulty fuel pump and replace 

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2002 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

98000 mi

US $65
chirping coming from engine. Found worn belt tensioner. Replaced belt and tensioner 
99000 mi

US $17
Truck would not start. Traced problem to the fuel pump relay 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed manual RWD

149000 mi

US $85
Check engine light and squeal from rear passenger side of engine. Replaced camshaft synchronizer and camshaft synchronizer sensor. 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

60000 mi fuel pump relay replaced 
62500 mi Electric fuel pump 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

135-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual RWD

126000 mi

US $900
fuel pump replaced 
208000 mi

US $50
replaced muffler 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

135-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic RWD

82000 mi

US $1000
Malfunctioning OBD system 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

137000 mi

US $150
Plastic tank on radiator cracked, replaced with new aftermarket radiator. 
149000 mi

US $400
Front catalytic converters became restricted, causing misfiring and occasional flashing check engine light. Engine was running properly, but had symptoms of exhaust restriction at higher RPM. Replaced y-pipe assembly with new Walker unit. 

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2001 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

120300 mi

US $300
water pump seal leak. replaced pump belts and hoses 
53000 mi

US $180
Computers and sensors - engine, transmission, and drivetrain, repair 
57500 mi

US $450
Radiator replacement 

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2001 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

150-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

148300 mi

US $40
Replaced the idler pulley 
73300 mi

US $202
Stearing, acting funny. Needed a new steering belt & some maintainence for tranny. 

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2001 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

119-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual RWD

116000 mi

US $400
ongoing problem of stalling when cold, stalling when decelerating, and low vacuum. removed cylinder head and had rebuilt. Had 4 bad exhaust valve seats. 
123380 mi

C $40
Replaced faulty heater hose cut-off valve 
123380 mi

C $800
replaced radiator, water pump, water pump bracket, A/C pulley, serpentine belt, flushed out cooling system. All from a chunk of ice, apparently, created by melting and then quickly freezing snow when the truck was warm. 

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2001 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

150-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

155000 mi

US $500
Fuel economy was well below average. Took truck to dealership. Service manager recommended spark plug change and injector cleaning. After one fill-up, mileage numbers did not significantly improve, although more data would be needed. 

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2000 Ford Ranger

Engine not specified

141000 mi

US $5300
After only 141000 miles head cracked and burnt up #1 and # 3 cylinders, had to replace engine. 

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2000 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

160-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

112000 mi Leaking seals, valve and main 
269000 mi

US $100
exhaust replaced 

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2000 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

150-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

161100 mi

US $140
Spark plug wires replaced, sparkplugs replaced, #4 cylinder fuel injector replaced 

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2000 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

119-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed manual RWD

81300 mi

US $140
Check engine light came on, code indicated a slow O2 sensor in position #1. Mechanic replaced. Note the threads of the old O2 sensor balled up upon removal. Mechanic had to run a tap to clear the threads. 
84000 mi The timing belt would make a squealing noise. The reason is that the bad pulley allowed the belt to travel enough so that it started rubbing against the timing belt casing. 

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1999 Ford Ranger

Engine not specified

239300 mi

US $900
Fuel pump quit while away from home-base, so I had to have an indy shop replace. Still, 240k on original pump isn't so bad. Truck also needed fuel filler neck and tube. 
145300 mi

US $248
Engine running cold, fuel economy down. Dealer diagnosed and overcharged to replace thermostat. 
110000 mi Bad EGR when sold. 
77700 mi

US $400
replace muffler and tail pipe 
79000 mi

US $200
thermostat replacement 
192000 mi

US $759
electrical rough idle not much power 

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1999 Ford Ranger 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

242500 mi

US $90
I replaced a belt and a tensioner. 

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1999 Ford Ranger 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

124000 mi

US $67
Started a bad squeaking noise from the serp belt. Sounded like it was coming from the idler pulley. Just had that changed in March and it started again in Dec. My mechanic changed out the pulley on warranty but told me I had to pay 4 the belt. 
130300 mi

US $40
Crank position sensor wire shorting against grounded bracket. Caused engine to not start. 
139300 mi

US $5
Mystery ailment. Starts running rough at start-up, will progress to rough at temp., then to misfire code for cylinder number four. New plug in no. 4 will fix. New coil pack tried two cycles ago, still happens within 5 0r 6000 miles. 
143300 mi

US $4
CEL; Code P0303. Replaced spark plug, cleared problem. Recurring P0303 and P0304 mystery. Plug looked OK. 
145000 mi

US $5
CEL; Code P0304. Replaced spark plug, cleared problem. Recurring P0303 and P0304 mystery. Plug looked OK. 

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1999 Ford Ranger 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

173000 mi small leak from rear main seal 
105000 mi

US $60
Vehicle was making intermittent whining noise. Idle Air Control Valve replaced. Problem seems to be resolved. 

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1999 Ford Ranger 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

114000 mi misfire problem (possible head gasket leak, or cracked/warped head) despite good maintainence 

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1999 Ford Ranger 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

148000 mi

US $250
Oxygen sensor "slow response"; replaced 

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1998 Ford Ranger

Engine not specified

159000 mi

US $203
Found weak cylinder, did not have it repaired, runs fine 
170000 mi Would not pass NYS Pollution Requirements After spending over $200 and requiring additional cost from $200 to $500 w/o any guarantee it would pass inspection, it was time to sell. Sold for $1500 as there was no rust on the body 

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