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2002 Ford Ranger repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 55 repairs.
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2002 Ford Ranger repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Ford Ranger

Engine not specified

Ford in Illinois, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

118000 mi

US $212
Rear master cylinder went bad and leaked brake fluid all over. Of course it decided to go bad when I had a 20 foot boat behind me. Luckily I was only 1 mile from home. So I dropped the boat off and drove to the shop down the road. 
Ford Ranger in Colorado, United States
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
Jul 2011

123000 mi

US $150
Replaced leaking opinion seal in rear differential. Replaced rear shock absorbers. 
Ford in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2010
Jul 2010

140000 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... dashboard lights burning out... spring for emergency brake release broken. 

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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

Ford Ranger in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2014 - Sep 2016
Dec 2015

92000 mi

US $340
Need new rear shocks. Reverse lights did NOT work. Had to have a new underbody switch installed 
Jan 2016

92500 mi
4x4 electronic unit (original equip) stopped working. Truck would not switch to 4WD. 
Ford Ranger in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2013
Jan 2011

120000 mi

US $10
High tone horn filled with water and stopped working. High tone horn was replaced with equivalent aftermarket horn of same manufacturer used by OEM. 
Mar 2011

121000 mi

US $30
The 4WD light switch on the transfer case was not functioning properly by causing the 4WD indicator light to stay on when in 2WD mode. The switch was replaced. 
Nov 2011

132000 mi

US $34
AC/Heat system would switch to defrost under acceleration no matter which position the control knob was on. The vacuum reservoir internal check valve stopped working. The vacuum reservoir was replaced. 
Aug 2013

158300 mi

US $600
Condenser replaced 
Sep 2013

160000 mi

US $200
Radiator replaced. 
Ford Ranger in Wisconsin, United States
- Feb 2010
Feb 2010

81890 mi

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

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2002 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Ranger in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

130000 mi

US $105
Just replaced battery. Old battery was 4.5yrs old. 
Ford Ranger in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

140120 mi

C $500
Hole in frame under passenger side, spring shackles in rear rusted through 
Ford Ranger in Georgia, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

97300 mi

US $3700
Leaking head gasket at 97000 miles. While was being done had all gaskets and oil pan done. New plugs, hoses and belts replaced along with regular maintenance items. Ranger looks and runs like it did when new. Better due to upgrades. 

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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

Ford Ranger in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2016
Apr 2012

112000 mi

US $17
Tailgate handle broke via normal use. Ordered aftermarket replacement online. Replacement was by the book, no problems encountered. 
Sep 2014

127000 mi

US $80
Parking brake assembly was rusted fast, did not self adjust. Replaced entire rear brake assemblies, except drums. Everything was rusted to s--- and difficult to service. Included splicing into brake line. 
Jun 2015

131000 mi

US $40
Sway bar link broke. Rust-welded itself the bar. Remainder was ground off with angle grinder, new link put in on each side.rnrnTruck is driven in the rust belt, so no surprises with the rust. 
Oct 2015

131700 mi
Bolts holding back of seat both snapped (one was 1 year ago, 2nd was October 1), and plastic handle for recline/scoot forward rear seat access broke. Replaced bolts, handle is still broken. 1 seat bolt to floor rusted&needed 4' breakerbar 
Jan 2016

134000 mi

US $80
Front driver's outside CV boot split since last crawl under vehicle. Replaced whole axle due to unknown amount of time without CV joint lube. 
Ford Ranger in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2014 - Sep 2016
Apr 2015

124000 mi

US $300
Steering pump leak, required replacement of pump 
Ford Ranger in West Virginia, United States
Dec 2014 - Sep 2016
Dec 2015

117000 mi

US $750
Diagnose faulty fuel pump and replace 
Ford Ranger in Ohio, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2016
Dec 2013

69000 mi

US $1480
Replace 4x4 computer module and lube, oil and filter change. front ABS sensors 
Sep 2014

72000 mi

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

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2002 Ford Ranger 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Ranger in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2015 - Sep 2016
Jun 2016

54000 mi
replaced front pads/rotors to correct grinding when braking 
Ford Ranger in Georgia, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2012
Jul 2009

86000 mi

US $25
Had to replace blower resistor after 1 week of ownership. I did it myself in about an hour's worth of work. 
Ford Ranger in New Jersey, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2014
Jun 2013

98000 mi

US $40
tailgate handle broken. Replaced handle Door locks jammend. Lock cylinders replaced 
Jul 2013

98000 mi

US $15
code 27. passenger bypass LED burnt out causing code 27. removed circuit board and replaced LED. 
Aug 2013

98000 mi

US $65
chirping coming from engine. Found worn belt tensioner. Replaced belt and tensioner 
Dec 2013

99000 mi

US $17
Truck would not start. Traced problem to the fuel pump relay 
May 2014

102000 mi

US $30
Front shock was leaking. Replaced both front shocks 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 7ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Ranger in California, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2012
May 2012

76000 mi

US $982
Shoes, pads, turn drums. 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

146-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed manual RWD

Ford Ranger in Georgia, United States
Feb 2010 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

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

Ford Ranger in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2016
Oct 2014

57300 mi

US $150
power windows and mirror door switch 
Sep 2015

60000 mi
fuel pump relay replaced 
Oct 2015

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

Ford Ranger in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

126000 mi

US $1200
fuel pump replaced replaced shocks and ball joints 
Ford Ranger in Arizona, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

148000 mi

US $40
broken plastic door handles  washer reservoir 
Ford Ranger in Wisconsin, United States
May 2015 - Oct 2015
May 2015

204000 mi

US $75
rear leaf spring shackles rusted off 
Oct 2015

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

Ford Ranger in District of Columbia, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2014
Jul 2011

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

Ford Ranger in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2016
Mar 2013

137000 mi

US $150
Plastic tank on radiator cracked, replaced with new aftermarket radiator. 
Dec 2013

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. 
Feb 2015

165300 mi

US $150
Replaced transmission tail housing/output shaft seal and rear differential pinion seal due to minor leaks. Vehicle could have been driven months/years before repair needed. 
Sep 2015

176000 mi

US $5
POWER STEERING RETURN HOSE HAD MINOR LEAK. REPLACED WITH NEW HOSE. 

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2002 Ford Ranger 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

135-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual RWD

Ford Ranger in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2014
Dec 2010

110000 mi

US $1200
Transmission clutch failure. Had to be towed and completely replaced 

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