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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,950 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 engine problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 252008

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,000 miles


I have a 2001 Ford Ranger edge. It has a 3.0L V6 engine, a 5-speed manual transmission. It has approximately 108,000 mile on it. I recently had a component fail in the internal engine. It was a cam syncroziner. It cost $467.08 to repair. I was told that this was an extremely common problem by my local Ford dealership. I was also told that if this component is not fixed immediately, that it could cause the oil pump to the engine to fail, resulting in the engine losing power. This could cause the loss of brakes, and steering. I was told by several other Ranger owners to recommend this to the NHTSA. It should be recalled and all 3.0L Ranger's should have there synchronizer repaired or replaced. This component failing could result in major engine damage, injury and death. Thank you!

- Holly Springs, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 202006


  • 120,000 miles
I was driving in the snow in 2006, when a loud squeak could be heard from the engine compartment. I had the truck service from an independent mechanic. They changed the belt tensioner. This wasn't the problem. The truck continued to squeak at all speeds and all temperature conditions. Since then, I have taken the vehicle into 3 different Ford motor mechanics and 2 independent mechanics. No of them know exactly where the noise is coming from. It was thought he be the belt. The alternator was replaced, belt tensioner, new pulleys, and 3 different belts. And quess what, the truck still squeaks. I have temporarily fixed the problem with a lot of wd-40 on the belt. But why can't anyone tell me what is making the squeak and fix it. I've suck about $3000 into the truck. I refuse to spend anymore on other mechanics ideas.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 102008


  • 71,800 miles
Heard loud rattle under acceleration. Have a hearing loss so I could not hear the sound. My son brought it to my attention. Took it to the dealer and he diagnosed it as primary timing chain rattle. Attempted to get Ford to fix it. No luck.

- Winona, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004


  • miles
2001 Ford Ranger had just thrown a rod through the oil pan. The anti freeze was leaking into the oil and locking down the motor.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

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