hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
134,800 miles

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2000 Ford Ranger engine problems

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2000 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 272015


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Ford Ranger. While driving at 70 mph, the vehicle lost all acceleration without warning. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to respond. The service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle could be restarted; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 012015


  • 70,000 miles
The engine was 'not right' one day so the hood was opened in the bank parking lot and it appeared to be overheated. The temperature gage did not indicate this but the radiator was indeed without water. The radiator was filled and later checked out at the shop. It was determined that the temperature gage was not accurate and an external gage was added (a separate gage not part of the dashboard). The engine was never the same and has since needed to be replaced (with a remanufactured) due to being overheated. This was preventable if the temperature sensor had been operating properly. It was not broken (ie registered zero all the time), it was.. bad or wrong sensor for the gage? don't know really. The vehicle had less than 90000 miles.

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 102015


  • 159,000 miles
Was driving northbound on interstate 05 [aka] golden state highway when truck made a funny noise and engine froze ? no engine problem light, S came on no warning light off any kind came on with great difficulty id was able to pull to the side since this is a stick shift transmission when id tried to start the vehicle the starter would not turn.had this been a automatic transmission we would surly with no doubt been involved in a death accident still don't know what failed in my truck butt engine is completely frozen [can you help me locate the source off the failure since this vehicle is a must keep vehicle I9T, S a family memorial must keep vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 092013


  • 200,000 miles
Approx 10 minutes after I had gotten home I heard a noise and looked outside.. it was 1:20 a.M; I called the fire department because the whole front end of the truck had caught on fire. An explosion completely blew off the hood. The temperature of the fire was hot enough that the alternator had melted off of the truck itself. No injuries occurred from the fire. Fire is still under investigation.

- Wellston, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 032013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
On 06/03/2013 at approximately 0830 hrs, my son was driving my 2000 Ford Ranger extended cab 4X4, taking his sister to the dentist office. While enroute the RPM gauge spiked to 5000 RPM's so he let off the gas and it went back to normal. He continued a short distance to the dentist office and as he was pulling into the parking lot, the vehicle lost all power and coasted to a stop. Just as the vehicle stopped, my daughter saw smoke coming from under the hood on the driver side so she exited the vehicle. My son exited the vehicle and went to look under the vehicle when he saw fire dripping down to the ground. The fire department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Fire engulfed the entire engine compartment and spread to interior of the cab, vehicle was a total loss. I've owned this vehicle since April 2004 and received numerous letters from Ford Motor Co. Wanting to sell me an extended warranty but never the first notice of any factory recall. Other than routine care for the vehicle, I never had any issues with this vehicle until the fire.

- Mascot, VA, USA

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