2019 Ford Ranger deliveries delayed, potential weld defect

Ford Australia is having to postpone the delivery of some 2019 Ford Ranger and Everest vehicles due to a potential build defect to do with the driveline.

PerformanceDrive understands some dealers are withholding delivery of some models, and some orders are being cancelled and replaced with other, later-built vehicles. We reached out to Ford Australia to find out more. Martin Günsberg, Ford Australia communications and public affairs director, said:

“Ford has delayed delivery of some Ranger and Everest vehicles as there is risk the studs retaining the torque converter to the engine flexplate may have been improperly welded on some vehicles. We are working to identify which vehicles are affected and will release cleared vehicles as quickly as possible.”

The 2019 Ford Ranger and Everest were only launched in September this year, which means the number of affected vehicles could be quite low. Günsberg said dealers are reaching out to customers who may have already taken delivery, but current orders are being withheld.

There has been no official recall issued at this stage, but there is a chance this is not safety-related. The official Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) only covers areas that could potentially jeopardise safety.

Both the Ranger and Everest are built in Thailand. It’s unknown at this stage if the potential weld defect concerns the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine or the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  •  Bulk-buying discounts passed on to you
  •  Get a no-obligation free quote
  •  Australia-wide new car dealer network
  • We can deliver the car to your door
See how much we can save you!

Complete the form below to get started. Australian residents only.

Post code