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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,500 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 brakes problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012011


  • 37,000 miles


I sent in a hard copy letter and an E-mail to Ford service in June of 2009. Upon stopping at a party store with my foot applying pressure to the brake pedal, my Ford 2001 Ranger V6 XLT 4X4 motor suddenly accelerated nearly going into the store. I tried to stop it by shifting into neutral but it was too late. The only thing, which prevented me from crashing into a wall and possibly severely injuring myself or someone else, was a protective post which stopped the vehicle the Ranger went over the top of the cement post and was wedged between the bumper and frame. I turned off the ignition to stop the engine.. needless to say, severe bumper and front-end damage was done. The range has 35,000 miles. This is the third incident of this dangerous condition. I was stopped at a traffic light at gill and freedom in the spring of 2003 when all of a sudden the Ranger accelerated through a red light. I jammed the brakes and nothing happened was able to put gear shift in neutral to stop vehicle. There was no traffic and no damage to Ranger. Second incident occurred in the parking lot of walled lake western high school. Used same technique to stop vehicle after it jumped a curb and ended in the middle of adjacent street. Again, no damage. This happened in 2005. I have additional incidents that were reported by others in 2010 a similar incident March 12th 2010 was reported by a Nissan pickup however, the safety post were not present just the curb on the side of the building of the same gas station/party store located at grand rive and drake in farmington hills, mi. The Nissan pickup went right through the window shattering glass window into the party store. A police report was file with the farmington police department. These incidents might not be related to current Toyota

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 072008


  • 100,000 miles
After loosing the battery (power loss) my 4X4cm (4WD control module) went bad on my 2001 Ranger 4X4 truck. This caused my 4WD to not function at all. I had to replace the 4X4cm with a brand new one. Ford has updated the part. The original part number is 1L54-7H417-ac and the new updated part number is 1L5Z-7E453-ac.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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