2007 Ford Ranger SPORT 4dr SuperCab 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
My new Ranger has been in the shop 13 times in one year - 7 times in the past 2 months-Only has 15,000 km. Problems started first month-serious clunking in the steering in mid-turn & when accelerating from stop.Inner Tie rod ends have been replaced 4 times in 2 monthsc- last ones were Ford's new/improved ones, as a result of TS Bulletins and serious problems. Also had intermediate shaft replaced twice and lower steering shaft once. Finally no clunking - only been a week - I am wary. Dealer told me several other owners have the same problem. Ford avoiding a recall? In my mid-40s, owned 28 vehicles all makes...never had such an unreliable piece of metal in the driveway (and I am a Ford fan).
Good side is nice power from the 4.0L V6, easily tows, comfortable seats, quiet highway ride, lots of equip for great price. Solid feel (except front end!).
Front end faulty from factory - have a recall Ford! Mileage is horrible for a small truck/V6. Traded my 05 Hemi Ram - Ram=21 (Cdn gallon) mpg on hwy Rgr gets 19 mpg hwy - ouch. Reliability, Ford cust service from Ford HQ - no answers. Parts availability - waited 2 weeks between each set of tie rods.
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