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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 202004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The brakes failed due to insufficient vacuum pressure under certain normal driving conditions. There is no brake power if the accelerator is open enough for the engine speed to reach 2500 RPM, during cold idle (after start up), frequently after rapid acceleration in an emergency situation where the brakes are then applied. Dealer agreed that this was a dangerous situation and replaced the brake booster (twice), brake master cylinder, and finally the entire engine. Condition remains the same. Dealer and Ford engineer now state that it is operating as designed - evidently designed to fail in critical situations.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 212001

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When appling brakes, pedal goes all the way down to the floor and causes vehicle to pulsate, brakes do not hold. Dealership is aware of problem. The consumer applied brakes for emergency, but the vehicle went 20 ft before coming to a stop due to booster pump failur.

- Sparks, NV, USA

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