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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,675 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 222005

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,800 miles


While driving at approximately 40 mph on a country road the vehicle began to vibrate. The driver pulled over, got underneath the vehicle, and pushed on the universal joint which was tight. The circular sound damper broke off. The driveshaft caused the vehicle to shake. The owner later contacted the manufacturer, and was told that there was nothing they could do. This problem caused rattling and the vehicle would become hard to control on the highway. The consumers warranty had expired and there was nothing that Ford would do to help with the problem.

- North Collins, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 012001

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,900 miles
I'm driving a lemon that I purchased from crain Ford in benton ar. After 20 months of hassles from crain and Ford motor, I am still driving a faulty vehicle that the maker can't diagnose, yet I'm told that it is safe to drive the vehicle. Ford closed my case and neither party has been helpful at all.

- Bryant, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 142001


  • miles
Driveshaft sheared off at highway speeds, causing loss of control. Rear end locked up. There are alot of Ford Ranger out there and this could happen to someone else. Our dealer said they had never heard or seen this type of problem before. We thought this problem needed to be reported.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 282001

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle has a constant vibration, and a very heavy vibration at 65mph. It comes up through the seat and the steering wheel. I have had several people tell me it sounds like the drive shaft. Dealership says it has a harmonic imbalance in the engine, and Ford does not have a fix for it yet. I was told I have to wait until they do, or just start throwing parts at it trying to find a fix. I was told "their engineers are working on it". have inquired since and found they still have no answer. If it is the shaft then I could end up catapulting myself and my vehicle. It has an aluminum shaft (from what I have been told), not sure if that has something to do with the problem. I am very concerned about my safety and the safety of those around me. I would like to have the problem fixed. Please help me force the manufacturer to research and resolve this problem as soon as possible. Thank you, sincerely, rachel a. langdon.

- St. Marys, GA, USA

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