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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,257 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Jun 012014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles

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

Rear frame rails have rusted through in multiple areas. Right rear shock mount to frame has broken off and left a large hole in the frame rail. Right side rear frame rail has a large crack completely through it.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #37

Apr 202014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
When going to install trailer hitch I found that spring and shackle brackets are about to fall off due to severe rust perforation. Also bumper brackets are compromised by severe rust perforation as well as entire spare tire compartment. I have found several forums where the same complaint has been reported and I feel it is a safety hazard due to manufacture of the frame metal.I am concerned that my bumper is going to come off while driving or spare tire or leaf spring shackles causing an accident. Surface rust is expected but total perforation of metal from rust on vehicle this old is not acceptable and is a defect in the metal.

- Middleton, NH, USA

problem #36

Apr 052014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 84,702 miles
The rear leaf spring mounts, shackles and frame where it mounts have rotted through resulting in the leaf spring breaking loose from the frame. Also, the front cross member of the frame is disintegrating and shows signs of imminent failure.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #35

Aug 292013

Ranger

  • 108,000 miles

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

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 #34

Sep 082011

Ranger

  • 62,500 miles
The right rear leaf spring shackel broke off from the frame due to rust. The spare tire carrier failed due to rust and caused the spare tire to drop. The steel shield under the gas tank dropped down due to rust.

- Marstons Mills, MA, USA

problem #33

Dec 022013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 65,170 miles
I took my truck in for tire repair and service technician found severe rotting where leaf springs are supposed to be connected to the frame. There was a total disconnect at this location which explains the loud banging that I've been hearing. This is on the drivers side. He advised me that on the passenger side, it was the same situation but it wasn't disconnected yet. He advised me Ford Ranger have a problem with this. I went online and discovered a huge volume of complaints regarding this same issue. Some complaints said that they were driving when their truck bed gave way and collapsed while in the truck was in motion. This truck was handed down with low mileage and little reason for all that rust/rotting in the frame of the truck. I was advised that had I been carrying a medium or heavy load the bed could have given way, and that could have been in motion.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 192013

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Picked up kids from bus stop (5 and 6 years age) with 2001 Ranger parked in gear on gravel driveway grade with emergency brake engaged. Loaded kids and myself, started vehicle and released emergency brake. Brake pedal went to floor, vehicle took off down hill. Pushed and pumped pedal hard to engage rear brake valve; no rear brakes. Engaged emergency brake (now at considerable speed on grade). Left rear wheel locked skidding vehicle to right side on gravel drive, corrected with steering avoiding roll over. Subsequent inspection revealed extensive premature corrosion to vehicle frame, suspension and brake components. Both front and rear brake lines compromised with catastrophic failure during emergency. My kids and I could have been killed or injured because Ford saved a few bucks using below standard imported steel. Ntsb; are you in some way being paid-off by Ford to ignore the thousands of safety complaints and incidents associated with extensive corrosion on these vehicles" do not even attempt to assign blame on salty eastern roads; many other vehicle driven under identical conditions do not fall apart so consistently and completely. Many undercarriage parts on my Ranger are not even recognizable due to near complete disintegration. My truck has an 'a' title and was rust proofed prior to delivery. I take good care of my vehicles and regularly wash undercarriage. How many people will be injured or killed before action is taken"

- Georgetown, PA, USA

problem #31

Sep 052013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 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 #30

Sep 182012

Ranger

  • 119,000 miles
Symptoms included engine stall during highway and uphill driving. Stopped at fuel station to fill tank; when tank approached full; sound of structural failure noted followed by large fuel spillage from tank area (saturated truck rt rear underbelly, ground, rear tire, my shoes and lower portion of pants). Subsequent inspection revealed gas tank strap detached from frame due to severe and widespread frame rot. Tank apparently hanging from remaining corrosion damaged strap and fuel filler neck (caused tank to tilt backwards; starving engine of fuel during uphill or dynamic driving). Fuel filler neck was also severely rotted and finally failed during fuel fill causing entire tank loaded with 16 gallons fuel to become detached at sharp angle. Following incident; vehicle professionally inspected revealing extensive frame and suspension component disintegration due to premature failure of Ford designed sub-standard materials. Large areas of material missing from both front frame members (rear of engine), large holes in frame areas forward of rear wheels (where fuel tank straps attack), severe and widespread frame and suspension component corrosion. Vehicle condemned by inspection personnel; now sits idle in driveway. Ranger purchased new (year end, 2001) with dealer rust-proof. Vehicle regularly maintained and kept free from road salt with regular underbelly wash. Vehicle only had 120,000 miles and looked very clean on exterior. I have owned many vehicles in my 35 year driving history; never have I experienced anything like this prior. Ford obviously used ultra-sub standard materials in Ranger critical suspension component designs; without regard for the safety of unsuspecting owners. This is criminal, it will only be a matter of time before people are injured or killed by these design defects.

- Georgetown, PA, USA

problem #29

Nov 232011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Went to rear of truck and found bumper had broken free on the drivers side. Looked under the tuck and found that the entire frame in the rear is rotted and the leaf springs are in danger of coming completely off. The bumper is entirely free from the truck. The passenger side of the frame directly over the tire is cracked completely through. This is the worst frame I have ever seen and have lived through the 70's american car manufacturers mess.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #28

Dec 022012

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 58,565 miles

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

I attached a yard trailer to the receiver hitch and as I pulled out of the yard the hitch pulled right off the back of the truck. I looked under the truck and saw about a foot of the rear frame rails were completely rusted away on both sides. Both rear leaf spring mounts were broken away and the springs were pushed up onto the bed of the truck. This truck has less than 60,000 miles on it and no apparent rust. If this had happened on the highway the trailer would have gone sailing down the highway possibly causing an accident. Both rear springs detached from the frame and if I had been on the highway, there is a good chance I would have lost control of the truck.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #27

Nov 012012

Ranger

  • 100,007 miles
Undercarriage and frame has excessive rust problems causing parts on frame to fail and fall off.

- Hurley , NY, USA

problem #26

Sep 262012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Right rear is two inches lower than left side, frame is rusted through.

- Claysville, PA, USA

problem #25

Mar 132012

Ranger

  • miles
Frame rusted to the point of breaking.

- Franklinville, NY, USA

problem #24

Sep 142011

Ranger

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. After examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the entire frame and sub frame had cracked and rusted through. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic on several occasions, where the leaf springs were replaced each time. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Newport, RI, USA

problem #23

Feb 202012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
2001 Ford Ranger was taken into auto shop for routine maintenance. The mechanic inspected the vehicle and found the rear spring shackles and the frame rotted and about ready to fail completely. The springs were found to be pressing up on the bottom of the frame. Also noted bumper was about ready to fall off. All of this due to severe corrosion of the frame. No maintenance was performed on the vehicle and a recommendation from the mechanic to remove the vehicle from the road was advised.

- East Nassau, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 282012

Ranger

  • 130,000 miles
I own a Ford Ranger and the frame where the leaf springs attach has completely rotted out! is there anything I can do?

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 212012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Rear leaf spring bracket hasexsessive amout of rust and will break off.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #20

Feb 082012

Ranger

  • 110,000 miles
During my annual inspection it was noted that the rear leaf spring bracket was rusted off and part of the frame had rusted away. Would not pass safety inspection....

- Watsontown, PA, USA

problem #19

Jan 262012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver's side rear shackle welds broke for the leafspring support. It made a clunking noise, so I checked it & seen that it was broke. Were then I noticed the truck box being lifted on that side.

- La Crescent, MN, USA

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