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9.3

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,531 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger engine problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 152004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Truck exhibits idle dip below 500 RPM during deceleration when almost stopped. Truck tries to push through stop, engine nearly dies once truck is stopped engine corrects and idle returns to normal.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #15

Jul 122002

Ranger

  • miles
While driving and with no warning engine motor will go out, and then vehicle will start to decelerate. Dealer notified.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #14

Apr 012002

Ranger

  • miles
When driving vehicle will without any notice stall out on highway. Contacted dealer, and the dealer cannot find cause.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #13

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Date of purchase smelled rubber on the drivers front wheel. Truck bounces all over continues to do so, this causes poor steering control as well. Brakes alternates from grabbing or slow in working, PCM has been reprogrammed, yet the whinning in the engine or drive train continue. Suspension very weak, vehicle leans to the right on the curves and steering control is dangerous.

- Falls, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 032001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer contatced dealership for engine stalling. Dealer stated that PCM module was programmed incorrectly, causing slave belt and clutch to work improperly on a intermittent basis.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #11

Dec 022001

Ranger

  • miles
I have had nothing but problems out of this truck. Itstarted off by having a bad ignition peice to where some days it would start, some it would not. Next, the air conditioner leaked and filled up my passenger side floor board on a trip to the beach. Then the engine begins to stall. It does not always stall at the same speed or temp. Or anything. I took it to the dealer, they tried fixing it, nothing happened so I took it back again, the still could not replicate the problem so they installed a diagnostic machine which was suppose to give the dealer feedback on the problem, which it did not. So I got the truck back and the same day it did it twice. It still does this about once a day. Which day will be the day I am merging across 4 or 5 lanes of traffic and the engine stalls and get run over literally?? after all this is still going on I left my house to go to work and I merged into traffic, then all of a sudden the truck dies, loses all power, the check gauge light appears and the oil pressure drops to nothing. I drove it to work ad it did it again so I got Ford to tow to the dealer where they fixed the problem. They said it was just part of the computer, and it was no big deal. It is a big deal when you are in morning rush hour traffic and your vehicle loses all power. These are all very serious concerns, I am a captain of a fire dept. And safety is my #1 priority, not just for my self but for everyone around me. Hopefully something will get done before the truck stalls at abusy intersection or on the interstate running 70 mph and someone gets hurt or killed.thanks for your time.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #10

Sep 012001

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving engine light came on. Driver noticed vehicle's timing was off, and it was losing power. Cause was unknown at this time.

- Monroe, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 122001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
This truck that I am leasing has so many problems that I just want to get out of it. No safety defect mentioned.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #8

May 152001

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Whenever vehicle runs over a bump or a pothole it causes rear end to kick to the right or to the left. Dealer replaced front and rear shock, some improvements were made, but the problem still occurs. Consumer states that the vehicle oversteers when pressure is applied like during a turn, the problem seems to only occur when the left side of the vehicle hits a bump. Engine light illuminated.

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #7

Jun 202001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Engine control allows RPM to stick above 2200 RPM when depressing clutch to shift. After shifting RPM wont come down until clutch drags it down. This caused wheels to break loose on snow resulting in a bad skid in the mountains. Dealer has had vehicle in 5 times to fix but can replicate problem. Problem is intermittent with about one occurence per day. Occassionally it will repeat 9 or 10 times in a row. Factory engineer promised to get a recording diagnostic device that can be connected and started when problem is present, but has not followed through. Winter is coming and this is a serious safety problem on the icy mountain roads I commute on.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #6

Aug 152001

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle stalls when making either right or left turns. Engine shuts down, causing vehicle lose power. No accidents so far.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 272001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 192001

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
I have problems when I stop sometimes the engine stalls. I also have problems when I am on the open highway with engine running uneven it kind of skips or surges slightly. The engine light comes on and flashes at or around 4800 RPM. I have been in for service and the dealer says Ford is working on all the problems I am having. I do not want to have my Ford edge stall at a busy entersection or on the highway. Hope this helps spur someone on so I can get a faster fix for my problem. Thanks.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #3

May 172001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
After the vehicle was checked the engine started making noises and the vehicle would stall.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 012001

Ranger

  • 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

problem #1

May 042001

Ranger

  • miles
Fuel gauge is very innacurate, poor mileage so far (600mi.) engine suddenly shut off while the vehicle was in motion (thank goodness I was coming to a stop at the time) brake line covering is being abraded by contact with the leaf springs (lr).

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

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