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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
7,732 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 212012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles

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

Traveling East on interstate 10 West of indio, ca when the kumho solis K21 rear passenger tire exploded. Ranger pickup swayed back and forth until the pickup went down a 15' embankment. Rolled at least 3 times with injuries to both passengers. The pickup was a total loss. Tire was purchase 11/22/2010 and was a P225/70R-15.

- Wittmann, AZ, USA

problem #18

May 152007

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact has Goodyear Wrangler rts tires on his vehicle. He replaced the driver side rear tire. The contact stated that the driver side front tire has a crack near the bead and sidewall. He feels that it is a safety issue because the tire can blow out at anytime. The tire has approximately 45,000 miles. The contact has pictures. The tire dot number and VIN were unavailable. The current mileage is 80,000 and failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 12/12/07 updated

- Menlo Park , CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 122006

Ranger

  • miles
My 2001 XLT had the factory Firestone wilderness ht tire side wall blew out on the freeway. I almost lost control. The truck only has 053265 miles on it, the tire tread was good and tires have been rotated and balance every 6000 miles. I E-mailed Ford and Firestone, I have pictures of the tire.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #16

Nov 112004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After 15,000 miles on good year tires I had strange wear of all 4 tires. I went to the Ford dealership burt Ford 303-643-9020 and approved through Ford all tires had been replaced. (this was bought new off of Ford lot with Goodyear tires) they stated the tires had coupled? bad tires and replace. 20,000 miles later the same thing happened all 4 tires and I was told by Ford customer care, 1-800-241- Ford, and burt Ford that again it was the tires and again the new tires have started coupling. I feel this is the Ford Ranger 2001, 4 wheel drive, build defect that is making this happen. I at this time fear the vehicle has a major defect and this will make the truck unsafe and possibly cause loss of life. Ford stated they checked front end only. They are not taking this as a real issue and have now placed me and my family in danger.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #15

Apr 212004

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dayton tire separated from vehicle which caused fatal auto accident that killed my daughter (tammy renee egbert) on 21 April 2004 in rockledge, Florida, bevard county on highway interstate 95.

- Okawville, IL, USA

problem #14

Jan 132004

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Questions regarding Firestone tires. The consumer wanted to know if the Firestone tires were still subject to recall on a 2001 Ford Ranger.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #13

Jul 232003

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The right rear tire separated on my 2001 Ford Ranger pickup, while driving at approximately 58 mph on I-5 South in portland, or. Contacted the local Firestone dealer in vancouver, wa & they passed the buck to Ford, stating that they do not cover a warranty for the tires, that it falls under the auto company to cover the warranty on the tires. (tiresize: P225/70rx15 A/S OWL tires.)

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #12

May 172003

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The consumer received a notice from Ford 10/01 about a defect with the Firestone Wilderness AT tires. The dealer said the tire program had been discontinued (manufacturer recall # 0np01B77; NHTSA campaign # 01X001000).

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 042002

Ranger

  • 36,000 miles
The vehicle fish tailed while driving, because the tires were designed for a passenger car not a truck.

- Cherryville, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 082002

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone has always been a good name brand. They have had some problems as of late. I did not like these tires on this truck when I bought it. Now I'm just stuck with them until something else happens.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 282002

Ranger

  • miles

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

The wall on the tire shredded. The tread has completely separated from the rim on the outer wall.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 112002

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,900 miles
While driving the vehicle started to vibrate in the front end. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the tires were rotated but the vibration became worse (225/70R15100S M/S radial tubeless).

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 232002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
When consumer purchased the vehicle, there was a noticeable rumbling, bumping noise coming from the outside. Consumer thought the problem would go away once the vehicle was broken in but it only got worse. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealership and was informed that they didn't warrant tires, sending consumer to the Firestone dealership. It was decided there that the tires were cupping. Consumer had the tires replaced. Consuemr informed the Ford delaership where the vehicle was purchased of firestones findings. Ford informed consumer that while the vehicle is under warranty this doesn't apply because it occured through normal wear. Consumer has returned the vehicle to the dealer, stating the vehicle vibrates so badly it is a safety hazard.

- Baxley, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 242002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
The tires have been a problem ever since I bought the car. I have asked the dealer to replace them to no evail. The battery went out, the power window on the driver side died, the brakes have been repaired twice the seat belts on both driver and passanger seats replaced the tramission has gone out twice the computer/brain to run the truck has gone out three times. I dont think I can take this truck breaking down all the time for to much longer. Iam in a rental car more then in my truck. Help. (dot number: W2uu ifo tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Laquinta, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
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 #4

Jan 012002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65mph, left rear tire exploded, sidewall on outside was in pieces, tire came off the rim. Tire size P225/70R15, dot # unavailable. Consumer stated there was a loud noise and pieces of the tire began flying everywhere, when consumer started to apply the brakes, the vehicle began to swerve, consumer has replaced all 5 tires.

- Munds Park, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 202001

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ford company took off a Firestone tire and replaced it with B.F.goodrich of a different size. Currently tire is turning more resolutions than vehicle was designed to turn. Consumer stated that Ford Motor Company replaced the Firestone tire size 16" with B.F. goodrich spare tire size 15?, the tire will not fit in the spare compartment and leaving him to drive with one 15? and three 16". consumer is stating that this is a dangerous situation for his safety.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 302001

Ranger

  • miles
I was driving South on route 5 in southern Maryland. I had jsu gone through St mary's city and was speding up to about 40 when I heard a rumbling that sounded like a door had come partially open. My turnoff was in a couple of miles so I just ignored it. After about 2 miles the left rear side lurched down and I heard the rumbling of a flat tire. I pulled off in about a 1/4 mile (coast to stop and pulled off) and the entire outer side wall of the tire was completely shreaded. I went to my local Firestone dealer (9400 main street in fairfax va) and he said this is normal for a tire. Somehow I don't think a complete side wall disengeration is normal under these conditions. I have the tire and will be happy to bring it in if you would like. (dot number: W2uu 1501 tiresize: 225/70R-15)

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle would start to vibrate/ shimmy, higher the speed shimmying would be worse, consumer would grip steering wheel, and would be hard to maintain control, had taken vehicle to two different dealerships, each mechanic just rotated the tires, this failed to correct the problem. Goodyear replaced all four tires. Rts Wrangler P235/75R15)

- Danville, VA, USA

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