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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,862 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

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #15

Nov 292011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles


Truck vehicle was shifting into reverse and a brake failure prompt the driver to switch into drive and suddenly the vehicle spun off out of control(burning tire) and it took off very fast without even touching the gas pedal. Driver tried to stop it but nothing worked.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 282011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving 20 mph when I press the brake and the pedal went to the floor, a fire started under the hood, I noticed one of the brake lines was burning. Put fire out and towed the pick up to the shop where it remains.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 212001


  • 250 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the brakes on the vehicle did not function properly when it was foggy, cold, rainy or damp. The brakes were replaced several times but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the seals on the rear axle leaked fluid onto the brake pedal. The vehicle was involved in a crash in 2009 that the contact believed was due to brake failure. The failure mileage was 250 and the current mileage was 102,000.

- Sissonville, WV, USA

problem #12

Apr 042009


  • 82,000 miles


In 2001 purchased a new Ford 2001 XLT Ranger from a dealership. In March/April 2009, at 76,000 miles it became necessary to replace the entire rear brakeline system due to rot. In Dec /Jan 2009 the bed of the truck and the rear bumper became loose. In the early spring of 2010 the rear bumper fell off in my hands. The vehicle was set for service at an auto repair shop. Upon inspection the frame and bed attachment, leaf springs and frame attachments, main frame, were corroded and rotted with visible holes. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive. The repairs have not been undertaken because a suitable replacement frame is unavailable and repairs at this time are unaffordable.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #11

Oct 062010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact took the vehicle into an automotive center for a routine oil change. The mechanic showed the contact where the metal on the caliper was deteriorating and flaking off. The contact had no prior problems with the brakes before being informed by the mechanic. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 44,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 302009


  • 56,860 miles
Complete brake failure due to a leak over the rear driver side wheel. This occurred at low speed (10 mph), and I was able to stop the truck with the emergency brake. I thought the braking systems in modern trucks have redundant lines so that if there is a leak, only half the brakes fail?

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #9

Mar 042008

(reported on)

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Ford Ranger with speed control recall. Consumer states that he was informed that no replacement harness was available. When the harness was available after the repair the ABS and airbag warning lights illuminated. The consumer stated the brakes have started to grab on initial brake application. Which caused the vehicle to jolt to a stop. The consumer was informed the harness disconnection had nothing to do with the warning lights illuminating. The dealer stated the air bag problem was due to a seat belt problem.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 192007

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
I was advised by the Ford dealer where I bought a used Ranger that the rear brakes had been replaced. Upon my own inspection this proved not to be true. Do I have a legitimate complaint and who do I contact for follow up?

- Rogers, MN, USA

problem #7

Sep 012002

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Contact states: She bought a brand new Ford Ranger in 2000 and she has had to put 2 transmissions and 2 torque converters on the vehicle within 70,000 miles. The dealer said there was nothing they were going to do about it. She wrote a letter to the president of Ford and to the new motor vehicle board and to Consumer Affairs. She has talked to Consumer Affairs at Ford. She has also talked to the representative in dearborn mi. There was 34,000 miles on the first transmission she replaced. The second transmission was rebuilt. The consumer began to feel a slipping sensation when going up an incline. The brakes were replaced.

- Sugarloaf, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,800 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor, while attempting to slow down to a stop. As I was approching stopped traffic, and put my foot on the brake pedal to attempt to slow down. The pedal went to the ground and the truck continued to move. After several attempts at the brake pedal, the rear wheels locked up but the front did not. Causing me to almost spin out on the freeway going about 65mph. The local Ford sercive department says it was due to a panic stop that the brake fluid boiled and the pads over heated. But I did not attempt a panic stop. I was going 65 for about 10 minutes, when I attempted to slow down the brakes simply failed. They are charging me for new brake pads, seals and a complete brake fluid flush. Almost $350 dollars.

- Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

problem #5

May 062003


  • 19 miles


The vehicle came from the manufacturer with the wrong rotors. After 19 miles, the rotors and brakes were changed, and again at 32 miles.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Feb 142003


  • 26,000 miles
The rear brakes locked up which caused the vehicle to skid.

- Van Dyne, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 022003


  • miles
Consumer attempted to apply the brakes, however the vehicle failed to stop.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 212002

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. Ts the dealer attempted to fix the problem twice with no success.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 032002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Consumer was braking for a speed bump when brake pedal went to the floor, when the vehicle wheels hit the speed bump both air bag deployed, as a result the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into a ditch, and all airbags deployed..

- Florence, MS, USA

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