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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,044 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 #6

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 #5

Jan 102009

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While approaching a stop sign, the engine would idle violently and act as if it would continue to accelerate. The contact had to depress the brake pedal with extreme force in order to prevent the vehicle from moving forward. The dealer could not determine the reason behind the failure. Several repairs, unknown to the contact were made to the vehicle; however, to date, the failure persists. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 140,000. Updated 02/23/10. The consumer also stated the engine would stall. Updated 08/12/10

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 292008


  • miles
This situation has occurred at least a half a dozen times, when the vehicle is running and in gear with the vehicle at or near stopped, the engine RPM increases dramatically, if the driver is not on the ball, the truck will surge forward, so far I have been lucky and there has been noting in front of me or I have been able to turn off the engine. Today the rear tires started squealing when this happened.

- London, 00, USA

problem #3

Oct 052007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,212 miles


Failure of the camshaft positioning sensor gear. The gear stripped on the camshaft and caused the oil pump to shut down causing the main and rod bearings to seize up.

- Dover, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 142004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,055 miles
: the contact stated upon inspection of the vehicle the ball joint boots were noticed deteriorating. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and they replaced the lower ball joints. The manufacturer was alerted. The upper ball joints failed as well. The timing cover gasket was replaced. Updated 03/22/06.

- Repton, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 232004

(reported on)


  • 10,000 miles
Intermittently while driving vehicle stalled and wouldn't restart. Dealership has serviced vehicle several times, and performed a diagnostic test, but they were unable to identify the cause of the problem.

- Medina, OH, USA

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