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2003 Ford Ranger (Plastic Fuel Tank)
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BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA -- In February 2003 I purchased a Ford Ranger from the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma dealership for approximately $18,000.00. My truck is pretty much stock and does not have power windows or anything significant you would consider 'extras'. I have a five year contract and pay $300.00 a month. It is obvious to me now that I agreed to pay substantially more for this vehicle than it is worth.
Approximately eight months after purchasing my truck I got a leak in my gas tank. After I took it into the Ford service shop they told me that it looked like an icicle or sharp rock from the road had punctured the gas tank. That's when I found out that my "quality" vehicle's gas tank was made of plastic! my truck was still well under the manufacturer's warranty and I had also purchased the infamous "extended warranty" yet they explained that because this technically was not a 'defect' under their definition of the word, I was on my own. It's been about a year and because of my finances I still do not have the ability to pay $800.00 for a new gas tank. I understand that this leak is very dangerous and am appalled that I did not get any help from United Ford.
I understand that it's about the almighty dollar but, as you can see by what I paid for the truck, even if they would have done the right thing and replaced the cheap plastic gas tank they still would have made a killing off of this sucker.
The 1-800 number is useless and both the dealership and the customer service representatives will absolutely refuse to give you the names and contact info. of the chain of command. no regional managers names, no owners names, nothing. They are about as sympathetic and helpful as the rock that punctured my tank!
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Anonymous on 12/04/2004:
What you should do is contact your automobile insurance company because this type of claim would fall under your insurance coverage (providing that you have full coverage). Option two would depend upon how large the hole is, provided that it is less than the size of a dime you can go to your local auto parts store and look for a product called Plastic Weld (I think that either 3M, JB's, or Loc Tite are the manufacturer of this product). I have used this before and find it easy to install and very tough. Cost of this should be around $5.00. Good Luck.
1hung2lo on 12/05/2004:
BEFORE you use any type of glue to try this repair, read the directions/ingredients carefully. Make sure that your product won't adversely react with a tank full of gasoline! I hope the product the previous poster mentioned is "non-reactive." I seriously doubt that any "glue" is going to hold up to the solvent properties of gasoline though. Here's another solution that may work. You didn't describe the size and type of your "hole." If it is indeed a small puncture and not a gash or crack, go to a hardware store and find a sheet metal screw. They come in various widths and are quite inexpensive. Buy several different sizes AND some rubber or neoprene washers. See if you can find something that will hold up to gasoline. Then, thread up your washer, and SCREW it into the hole - but don't overtighten. You've essentially created a threaded plug. Of course, this depends on the type of hole you have. Consider some type of PLUG rather than smearing a glue on your problem - as glue won't hold for long anyway. Good luck !
Anonymous on 12/06/2004:
LOL, the product I mention DOES NOT have an adverse effect when it comes into contact with gasoline. Using a sheet metal screw will do one thing, make the hole larger!!
1hung2lo on 12/06/2004:
Really Dealer? Being that neither of us has seen the problem with the tank, I can only assume you're a real "kreskin" and can see what I can't. I really don't think smearing glue on a gas tank is going to hold, and I'd wager that you don't think it will either. However, by coming up with some lame response, you hope to recover some of the "respect" you've lost since I started shooting down your frivilous posts months ago, wannabe!
jumbalaya on 12/06/2004:
I got the joke 1hung, I hope the reviewer did as well. Obviously the genius Dealer Derelict did not. As far as trying to plug something as dangerous as a fuel leak with glue, I hope the reviewer does not take such a ridiculously dangerous piece of advice seriously about glue on a fuel tank. Are you insane Dealer Derelict? What if this vehicle catches fire and injures or kills this person or family, or burns down their dwelling after trying to glue a fuel leak. You are dangerous and should be banned.
bossdawg on 03/27/2005:
90 percent of all auto have a plastic fuel tank believe it or not metal tanks are just as easy to punture..but plastic dosent rust and yes is cheaper ..its cheaper because you can mold the tank to the car not the car to the can put a hole in a metal tank with a bb gun but you won't do that to the palstic the metal is non forgiving and will penetrate easily the plasti will flex all be it a little ....
Angie T on 08/01/2006:
Thanks everyone for such great advise. I ended up voluntarily repoing the thing and now I'm driving an '89 chevy S-10. It runs beautifully with minimal maintenance. What erks me about the whole thing is that the truck wasn't even a year old and not only was it still under warranty but we had also purchased the "extended warranty". They should have been willing to do something! I mean a stock Ford Ranger for $18,000.00 with a useless warranty isn't exactly a deal.
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Leaking Windshield First of Problems
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CANADA -- We purchased a new vehicle hoping to avoid the hassle of wasting "our" time on in-shop repairs. The first time it rained the windshield leaked. It was taken in to be repaired and then they told us they were afraid of breaking it so wanted to have another one on hand. That meant another trip for the same repair. While repairing it they put a dent in the floor, lost the power-point cap and left it dirty. On the way home the radio would not work except in "park". We contacted the dealer and were told that could mean a brake failure and probably needed a new sensor switch. We took it in again and they confirmed that was the case and they would order one. That meant another trip - the fourth one for two problems.

We also discovered that you could not bring in outside air on any of the A/C controls without the A/C coming on. The dealer told us to call "Customer Service" who were anything but helpful and told us we could not talk to an engineer or company headquarters. "She" was as high as we could go and to contact our dealer.

The bottom line is this: Ford Canada is really only interested in spending money on advertising and once they have sold you the vehicle you are really on your own. We should have spent the money on a Honda!
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MRM on 10/28/2007:
Is it possible fix if you could apply silicone in the space?
Hugh_Jorgen on 10/28/2007:
You have a bunch of problem - I wonder how long the windshield leaked before you discovered it and how much water got down into the electronics? You might start keeping some detailed records as to when it was in the shop, who you talked to, etc in case you have to take them to court.
not at all happy on 06/06/2008:
Really sorry about your experience with Ford. you are not alone however, I just purchased a 2008 ranger spoprt and it smokes like an old train. Ford admits it is a problem and attempted to correct it but gave up saying it wasn't worth the expense. I, along with all my neighbors are probably going to sue ford for knowingly polluting our neighborhood and making us,our kids and pets all sick in order to save a buck. It's a shame that we have to resort to such drastic actions over their mistakes. A simple solution would be for them to fix the problems like everyone else does. All I can say is... DON'T BUY FORD PRODUCTS. I had a Honda but decided to support American technology this time. Well, I was wrong. Honda or any foreigh vehicle will be our next choice. Shame on Ford and the people who build them. They say "Quality is job #1" Yeah, right!/ Lamont
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Tailgate Cables Rust And Break - Safety Issue
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The tailgate cables are lined with rubber. When the fastners are crimped to the cable, the ends of the crimp are left open and the cable is exposed to rain water. With the tailgate in the closed position, water enters both ends of the cable and rusts the cable in the middle. All of the broken cables that I have seen show that the cable rusts and will break in the middle.

Seal both open ends with a sealant and water can't get to the cable. If the cables have been in place for any length of time, then replace them and seal the new replacement cables.

Older cables can break when standing on them. This is a safety issue so please be careful if you have this type of cable. They have been used for years on different Ford model trucks so check yours out.
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Anonymous on 05/03/2007:

Sorry couldn't resist.....again.
ejack053824 on 05/04/2007:
Anonymous on 05/04/2007:
Good Post, if memory serves me correctly I believe there was even a recall for tailgates on certain years
romac on 05/04/2007:
This is not a Ford issue , most trucks are done the same way .
Anonymous on 05/04/2007:
romac, why is this not a Ford issue, it is a Ford truck?
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