definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,027 miles

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problem #19

Jun 252011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,696 miles
2002 Ford Ranger, automatic, extended cab. Slowing down to pull into parking spot and rear tires lock up, sending truck into skid. Once stopped, cannot move truck, even in neutral.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 232010


  • miles
It shifts the first gear extremely hard, once this happens, the overdrive light blinks..after doing some research I understand this a common problem with this year Ford Ranger

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #17

Jan 122010


  • 59,825 miles
2002 Ford Ranger O\D light flashes and transmission shifts hard and inconsistently.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #16

Jan 152009


  • 5,000 miles
My Ford 2002 Ranger edge pick ups automatic transmission fails to shift gears under acceleration such as taking off from a light or merging on into traffic. The transmission will shift from one gear than not go into gear leaving vehicle on of gear and without forward motion. I have had problems getting across interceptions and onto the highway. Have to remove foot from accelerator for several seconds for transmission to find a gear to shift into. Ford Motor Company has some service bulletins regarding shifting issues but fall way short of correcting this safety issue. This has and is an on going issue since the vehicle was new.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 242008


  • 97,000 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Ranger, shortly after I purchased it the air bag light started flashing and then the O/D light started flashing and the transmission started shifting really hard into second gear. I took it to the dealership and they said the transmission needed replaced and the airbag switch was bad.. from what I have read this has been an ongoing problem with this type of transmission since it came out. It is a sealed transmission, in that, the fluid cant be checked. It's very poorly designed and Ford doesn't want to do a recall even they are aware of the problem....

- Lewisburg, WV, USA

problem #14

May 052008

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Transmission shift problems on 2002 Ford Ranger. Delayed shifts; rough shifts; overdrive light blinks indicating transmission fault; servo cover blown off allowing transmission fluid loss - inoperative vehicle.

- Princeton, KY, USA

problem #13

Dec 292005

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,125 miles
Truck still not shifting properly after complete overhaul by Ford on 5/22/04 ( complaint ODI no. 10215891). Ford service department road test truck and verified problem. Called hotline (5lsb2012) R&R to overhaul, found sticking valve in main control(7A100), resealed trans.,replaced main control and torque converter, flushed cooler lines. But I returned the truck complaining that there was a grinding wining noise and still not shifting right. Service manager road tested and said there was nothing wrong. Work was performed at 60,206 miles and now at 90,125 miles I can't drive the truck because the transmission S broken again. The problem is he transmission was never fixed properly at the first over haul or the second time it was overhauled by Ford. Now I have a truck with a transmission overhauled twice by fore and needs overhauled again. Now Ford informed me that the warranty is out and they can not help me.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #12

Jan 022006


  • miles
Rough or delayed shift 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th. Been to dealer and charged $800 for updated valve body. No better. Independent shop showed me a seal that fails on many Ranger causing same problem. Vibration at 65-70 and grinding sound when accelerating hard from stop.

- Taylor Ridge, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 242006

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
02 Ranger 4X4. Ford is using jucky valve body on there auto transmission!!! this problem make the transmission slip & slow shift. On the Ranger station this is the biggest problem on Ranger& a big one on Explorer.

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #10

Jan 102004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
Transmission in 2002 Ford Ranger is a piece of junk, my transmission has done it all, failed completly with only 12,000 miles, then the dealer gets it and the parts changers, not mechanics don't change enough parts(left torque converter full of garbage) I was a Ford man for years now I will never ever buy another piece of Ford junk!!!!!

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 292004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Brake and rotor problems on Ford Ranger. Rotors had to be turned and front tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles because the rotors became warped and vehicle shook violently. Same condition is occurring again at 35000 miles and dealer refuses to fix under warranty. Transmission has also been overhauled twice due to malfunction.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 052003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,866 miles
Buzz from front while going slow/ thump/clicking noise from under truck it's been replaced 3 times, thump feeling when tacking off.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 302003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Replacement of transmission in a 2002 Ford edge Ranger. This transmission went bad with no indication of a problem until the day of failure. The vehicle had 51000 miles on it at the time of failure and the truck was maintained according to manufacturers suggested maintenance. According to the dealer where the repair/ replacement was made, the torque converter had been seizing for some time throwing shrapnel into the transmission and the entire unit needed replacing.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #6

Jan 192002

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission disengaged while driving. Checked the transmission fluid level, and noticed that it was very low. I brought the fluid level to normal levels, and noticed that it leaks transmission fluid very badly.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 262002


  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle was on a slight incline, lifter feet off of brake, vehicle drifted backward, with vehicle in drive gear. Contacted dealer.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 182002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 55 to 60 mph vehicle jerks and lunges. Took vehicle to dealer, and they stated this was normal. Consumer believes that the vehicle is defective.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 032002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I get 14 miles to the gal on the freeway the sticker said 19. The engine shakes at idle. It has a lean idle miss. The shaking is very bad at times. Transmission does not shift right, causing bad gas mileage. I have taken it to three different dealers they all say there is no problem. But 14 miles to the gal is not acceptable.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 242002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A grinding noise would come from transmission when gear changes from 1st to 2nd, and severe vibration would occur when driving 65 -70 mph. Vehicle been to dealer on several occasions, and no correction could be found at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Bakersfield, CT, USA

problem #1

May 142002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission will jump gears while in park and surge forward with no warning. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Panitsville, KY, USA