hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,372 miles

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problem #44

Jul 102019


  • miles
Frame is very rusted and big holes in the frame. I think there is a gas leak as well but the frame is very bad.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #43

Jul 012017


  • 150,000 miles
The frame is rusting away. Both leaf spring shackles rusted completely through, muffler hangers all rusted off lost my muffler on a road.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #42

Jan 262018


  • 178,000 miles
Gas petal is too close to brakes...and if not careful right foot hits both.causing a roaring of acceleration, while trying to stop vehicle.very dangerous!

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #41

Sep 302016


  • miles
Mechanic tells me that vehicle is unsafe due to extreme rust/corrosion on chassis frame (left side) over and near gas tank and brake lines. No accident to report but I won't drive vehicle now due to obvious safety issues.

- Mattapoisett, MA, USA

problem #40

Aug 072016


  • 104,660 miles
The frame at the right front suspension pocket rusted out. Upper control arm rear bracket is completely detached. Drove the truck to my destination with no issues, on the return trip it felt "floaty" as if it was out of alignment while I was driving down a town road. There was no bump or audible noise prior to or accompanying the issue. Body has very minimal rust, the rest of the frame appears solid. Truck has 104,660 miles.

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #39

Jul 052016


  • miles
Frame rails are rotting out more on the left side than the right, cracks and rot holes near all the chassis /suspension mounts including the mounts for the fuel tank, very dangerous as these vehicles look great in appearance but frames are rotting to people unknown possibly too late as some may get killed as a result, either by an accident or getting blown up by the fuel tank falling out

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #38

Jul 012016


  • 90,000 miles
Like most of the other complaints, rear frame is just discentergrating. First noticed at about 54000 miles, did some repairs and now at around 90000 I noticed both sides are going bad, have cracks and holes, and the crossmembers are in bad shape. I'm not a wealthy person and cannot just afford to buy another vehicle. I don't understand why the government or Ford doesn't realize what a safety concern this is. Does someone's life have to end because a frame brakes off while driving on the street or interstate. Doesn't' anyone read the complaints on this vehicle and understand how dangerous this could be. I know Ford is aware of the rear frames rotting on this model year and others of the Ranger. I contacted them personally. What makes Ford better than Toyota? I always say buy american, but I'm having second thoughts.

- Masontown, WV, USA

problem #37

Oct 062015


  • 110,000 miles
Severe frame rusting, bed has severe rust, rear leaf spring shackles rusted out and had to be replaced at my expense. Vehicle is nearly unusable and unsafe at 112,000 or so miles.

- Roanoke, IL, USA

problem #36

Nov 092014


  • 237,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Ford Ranger. While driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed that the rear spring suspension failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 237,000.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #35

Aug 102015


  • 116,503 miles
My 1999 Ford Ranger frame is rusting in several location which will make it very unsafe the body looks brand new but the front frame and rear frame are rusting away. The shocks on the front right side are about the break through the support and the upper control arm is about the break off.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #34

Aug 032015


  • 0 miles
My frame has rusted/ rotted almost completely off where it connects to my rear bumper. The bumper is now attached by one of two brackets and is soon to fall off where as it may cause a fatal injury to another driver or pedestrians.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #33

Jul 102015


  • 104,000 miles
Upon inspection mechanic said "shackles, frame, leafsprings, all rusted and truck will not last. Motor runs great, body no rust.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 212015


  • 98,000 miles
My repair garage called me in to look at the frame on my 1999 Ford Ranger. The frame was deteriorated so badly from rust near the front engine and by the rear spring hangers and shackles it is unsafe to drive. Mechanically it runs and drives great and the sheet metal and interior is excellent. The frame is a major safety issue for a vehicle which has been garaged, well cared for, and has been driven only an average of 6,125 miles annually. Ford should be held accountable for this!

- Shippenville, PA, USA

problem #31

Mar 042014


  • 76,000 miles
I have owned 4 Ranger over the past 15 years, a 1995, 1998,1999, and a 2001 and all 4 trucks have had the leaf spring hangers rot off. My latest truck the leaf spring hanger and now the frame has rotted away there is no way this is an isolated incident. The internet is full of comments about this problem. It is my understanding that Tundra had a recall on this same issue. Why is it different for a Ranger?

- Woburn , MA, USA

problem #30

Aug 212013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
For the second time as far as I know the rear frame (rear spring shackles and spear tire holder specifically) have and are being replaced because they have rusted and they tore apart. As I was driving I hit a regular bump in the road. I was driving about 35 to 45 mph on the way to work. Well it sounded like it hit pretty hard, as I was driving I noticed the trucks performance was lacking. So, went to work, got out of work and on the way back home I noticed the samething with the performance of the truck. It was lacking in a big way. As I was pulling into the driveway I heard a large clunk sound. The next day I had a prior appointment at my transmission shop. As the mechanics put it on the lift "the rear axle dropped to the full extent of the shock absorber and busting their seals. Because the shackle broke it was causing the axle to twist while I was driving given the truck the bad performance, bad steering, and giving the transmission a pulsating affect. Also the engine lost the power giving the truck resistance and using more gas. So I am replacing both shackles, both shock absorbers, and the spear tire mechanism. At the same time I will be sanding the frame down, and coating all parts (cleaning and coating parts) with bedliner coating to hopefully stop the rust. The parts that I am replacing are also replacement parts because they are bolted on to the frame instead of riveted like the originals were. Also the steel seams to be thinner in the rear than the front and middle.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #29

Aug 202013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I tried to get my 99 Ranger inspected when they put it on the lift a big chunk of the frame fell to the ground.upon further inspection there were holes in the right side frame next to the rear spring shackles and the gas tank straps were rusted out of the frame.the garage owner taped the frame with a ball peen hammer and found more holes on the left side and the right front under the air conditioner.I could not drive the truck home it was so unsafe I can't believe the frame did not brake when I was driving it.if I was to get into an accident with the truck in that condition the frame would have crumpled up like tin foil.reading the complaints here I'm not alone.the truck was taken care of washed all the time if Ford is going to sell trucks in New York they better be safer.I will never buy another Ford.

- Phoenix, NY, USA

problem #28

Jun 082013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
I noticed a hole in the rear of my truck bed. Upon further inspection I found spring shackles and frame mounts were rusted away and not holding the springs anymore. They were coming through my truck bed! this made my truck unsafe to drive. The rest of my truck is in very good shape. This kind of rust is not normal and is not safe! as I checked on the internet I've found that I'm not the only one that has had this problem with the 1999 Ford Ranger!

- Upland, IN, USA

problem #27

May 082013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 161,120 miles
I noticed heavy rust scale on ground and inspected to see my spare tire was missing, there is a large hole rusted all the way thru the frame in front of the left rear spring shackle and a crack in the frame in front of the front shackle almost all the way around the channel. Further investigation showed all cross members, gas tank strap and bed supports are severely rusted and the right side frame rail following suit with the left frame rail. The remainder of the truck is in very good condition this should not happen to a truck with this age and mileage.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #26

Oct 252012


  • 186,000 miles
While driving on the highway, I was having difficulty steering. The car was pulling to the left and I had to pull over because it was too difficult to manage. Upon inspection, the right front tire was toed-in and the upper tire stabilizer arm broke away from the frame at the bracket. The bracket attaching the arm to the frame had snapped. The frame itself just below that bracket was cracked with severe rot on both sides. The rest of the truck is in perfect condition except for the frame. I was told that this cannot be fixed.

- Woodstock, CT, USA

problem #25

May 012013


  • miles
The contact owns a 1999 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the bolts behind the rear wheels that were connected to the bed of the vehicle were completely rusted. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a routine inspection when the dealer advised him of the failure. The dealer stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 102,000.

- Mount Gilead, OH, USA

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