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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,425 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 282011

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Door ajar light stays on due to faulty door latches and switches. Prevents door from closing all the way and also prevents the interior light to shut off. Doors shut but don't latch fully which can cause the door to pop open. This should of been a recall a while ago. When talking to my mechanic and a few other people with a 99-01 Ranger extended cab 4 door they have had the same problem. My mechanic says this is a known Ford problem. I fear that someone in the back jump seat will be leaning up against the door and it will pop open when going down the road. I am in the process of getting this issue corrected but it is going to be a costly fix that I should not be responsible for since this is a Ford Ranger problem and I am not the only one having it!!!

- Sheridan, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 082001


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The doors warning lights remained illuminated indicating that the door was ajar. The Ford dealer was called and stated that they are not repairing the vehicle because there were no recalls or valid warranties related to the failure. A local mechanic repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.

- Bowdoin, ME, USA

problem #2

Nov 012002

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,701 miles
Ford made a extended cab with back doors. By Ford eliminating the B-pillar or post. Front door is just latch to the rear door without a post to support it. Which can result in minimal strength and protection against side impacts.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #1

May 172001

(reported on)


  • miles
The door gaskets aren't well adjusted causing water, snow and dust to get on the seats.

- Denver, CO, USA

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