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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,568 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Ranger miscellaneous problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 222016


  • 130,000 miles


This was purchased in March 2016 at the time of inspection did not notice frame damage. Took to shop and was told frame is dangerously rusted. At further inspection frame is rusted through on the front right corner and mid section of truck. Truck has 131000

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 162015


  • miles
To begin when I got the truck the air bag light would never go off when ever I turned them on and off. Which made me wonder weather they were ever really off and considering you can't fit a car seat in the back seat I had to put it in the front seat. Then when my wife was driving the spare tire fell off the truck while she was going down the road. Here recently she was driving and some one stopped her to tell her that something fell off the truck about 2 foot long. She called me and said the truck was still running so I told her to just try and make it home and I would look at it because I didn't think it was that serious. Once I started looking at it, a canister had come loose from the truck because the frame broke in half where the canister was connected to the truck because the truck was so rotted. She got the truck inspected in October. I feel that the dude that inspected it should have noticed the frame almost broke in half. I am very disappointed with this truck I have done nothing but put money into it.

- West Columbia, WV, USA

problem #10

Aug 242015


  • 89,365 miles
While inspecting my vehicle before attempting to repair the bracket on the exhaust when I noticed large chips of rust and decay on the entire frame of the vehicle while the body and engine bay are completely un damaged, the rust on my vehicle is far worse then should be on my vehicle with less then 100,000 miles.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 102013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The gas tank support which was a part of the frame rusted off.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 292013


  • 108,000 miles
Failed component 2: frame ahead of leaf spring shackles on both sides. Left was completely fractured and right was 1/2 fractured. Right shock strut mount broken. Driving around town hit several bumps in road due to road construction. When I parked the truck I noticed the truck bed was leaning to the right. Further inspection revealed a cracked frame. Took it to the shop and they said it wasn't safe to drive. They removed the bed and noticed extreme rust and a 'paper thin' frame.. said it would be difficult to find good metal to weld to. I noticed that Ford had a recall on the 2004 Ranger frame.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #7

Feb 042011


  • 85,692 miles
I purchased a 2001 Ford Ranger edge, 4 door, 4 wheel drive pickup truck from the nykar store off of ebay motors in January. The ad falsely claimed that the vehicle was in great shape with no mechanical damage disclosed, but soon I discovered that the frame has severe rust damage that was covered up with filler and undercoating. The frame, where the control arms connect are so visible rusted around the mounting bolts that the holes are large enough to put my fingers through, at least once all of the flaking rust, filler and undercoating were removed. The truck is totaled. It will require a complete frame replacement which will cost more than the truck is worth. I purchased a truck that is totaled from a dishonest dealer, but the frame should not be rusted this bad. If I had hit a pot hole, one or both of the front tires could have sheered off and caused a serious accident or personal injury. Please advise me on the best course of action to take in this situation.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 292010


  • 66,756 miles


The frame just in front of the rear tires on both sides is getting thin with small holes in it. Also the crossmember behind the transfer case that holds the front gas tank support is rotted out pretty bad and should be replaced. The rear leaf spring shackles are getting pretty thin and will need to be replaced soon.

- Rumford, ME, USA

problem #5

Jul 072008

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Ford Ranger with broken spare tire cable. Consumer states that when he went to change the tire on his truck the spare tire wasn't there and the spare tire cable was broke. Mechanic stated that either the cable was cut or had been pulled. The consumer stated it looked as though the cable pulled free of the bracket which held the wheel and the wheel fell to the ground at some point.

- San Fernando, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012005


  • miles
2001 Ford Ranger cable clamps which holds the spare tire in place has given way. The spare tire fell onto the highway.

- Captain Cook, HI, USA

problem #3

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My client is scheduled to undergo 2 cervical Fusion as aresult of a rear end motor vehicle crash. His Ford Ranger has no headrest as such but rather is designed with a glass partion to act as means for stopping head's movement. Amazing that Ford "complied" with federal standards using glass partion. Who ever heard of a glass headrest?

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The paint on the hood is cracking.

- Titus, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 012001


  • miles
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

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