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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,969 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 262011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


On the date listed, the transmission failed to go into reverse. The repair shop told me that the Ford Ranger is notorius for transmission problems that include: 1. failing to go into reverse, 2. failing to go into forward after stopping, 3. jumping gears, or slow gear changes. This information has been confirmed by other shops as well as a google search. In fact, the problem may be severly under reported as Ford dealerships may list as other problems and smaller shops may not link the problem. This is a very costly repair, so I'm sure Ford does not want to be forced to recall all of the Ranger, and it appears that this problem does affect several years of Ranger on the market. Please google Ford Ranger transmissions, and look at the amount of complaints. Look at the blogs and groups that are complaining about this issue, which if it involves the vehicle moving forward, could impact the passengers if the problem occurs on a freeway entrance ramp or subdivision streets. This is a widepsread problem that is under reported and is not being addressed, and it needs to be examined in more detail.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 142006

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,876 miles
Failure occured while coming to a stop in heavy traffic. There was no heavy application of break or hard stop. There was the metal clunk sound, then while moving from a stop, there was heavy rattaling and bumping felt up through the shift lever. Same complaint as documented by 10119127.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #2

May 092003


  • miles
When I look up my Ford Ranger 2002 pickup truck and attempt to look at the power train option it comes back with a error on the screen with the commands "get-in-......." it does not give me any search results.

- Essex Junkction, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing loss of power whenever air conditioner is being used. Vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still reoccurring. Also throttle positioning sensor was replaced, also tachometer is acting erractically transmission not shifting properly. Vehicle lost power while coming to a complete stop for a traffic light, consumer hit the vehicle in front of him due to brakes also failing, there was no damage to either vehicle, clutch pedal goes soft, consumer has had to pull pedal up at times, dealer can not find any problems.

- Elma, NY, USA

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