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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,509 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Oct 212018


  • miles


2001 Ford Ranger frame is rusted out bad. There should be a recall on this since so many people are having the same problem. Ford should be ashamed of themselves for making a vehicle that the frame only lasts 15 to 17 years!

- Delta, PA, USA

problem #41

Jun 012018


  • 143,751 miles
Body frame rusted to the point I noticed the bumper was hanging down on drivers side, as I looked under the truck in my driveway I had seen the shackle was broken and the plate over the spare tire was cracked which could have cause the tire to fall out from under the truck or bumper which was not connected on drivers side because of rust also frame had to be repaired these are the repairs I had done, replaced rear frame section from rear axle snubbers to bumper, replaced rear shackles-replaced right side rear frame shackle mount repaired crossmember for gas tank right side-repair right front frame rail round contro; arm to trans crossmember cost with labor $973.69

- Deerfield, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 252014


  • 135,000 miles
Chassis is severely rusted. You can break chunks of metal off with bare hands.both rear shock mounts have rusted off. Straps that hold gas tank have rusted through. Cross member holding tranny is severely rusted. Gas tank fill tube is severely rusted gas vapor return tube rusted off. Whole chassis. The whole frame is so rusted I am afraid to drive the truck. Truck only has 155,000 on it and has always been maintained (have all service records)

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #39

Apr 252018


  • 135,000 miles


Frame is rusting away. Both rear shock mounts. Gas tank holding straps. Both chasis rails are rusting away with big chunks of steel falling off. Trans cross member rusting away

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #38

Nov 202017


  • 42,000 miles
Frame has excessive rust/corrosion.

- Manhasset, NY, USA

problem #37

May 192017

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. Upon inspection, the contact was informed that the vehicle frame experienced severe corrosion. As a result, the vehicle was no longer operable. The dealer was not contacted and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Salina, PA, USA

problem #36

Dec 012017


  • 135,000 miles


Frame is rusted badly at points where control arm connects to frame and cross members where holds gas tank. Body is in perfect condition and only issue is in the frame. It's unsafe to drive any longer. If control arm breaks off the frame could cause serious injury or death to passengers and others on highway.

- Millers Creek, NC, USA

problem #35

Sep 152015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While driving, one of the vehicle's spare tires and half of the rear bumper detached from the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the front frame was rotted. The contact stated that the vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who stated that the front frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #34

Nov 012017


  • 200,000 miles
Back half of frame rust out crossmembers and gas tank bracket. Becomes unsafe

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #33

Jun 012014


  • 55,000 miles
Rear spring shackles rusted so bad they broke apart and started to come through the cargo bed. Now the entire rear section of the frame is so rusted I am afraid to use the trailer hitch. Front section is also severely rusted. This truck only has 55000 miles on it and I am afraid to drive it. I have owned Ford all my life and have never had an issue like this before. I can understand some boy panel rust, but to have the frame completely disintegrate is totally unacceptable. Ford needs to be required to fix these trucks or buy them back at a fair market value.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #32

Jun 012017


  • 150,000 miles


Bought a used 2001 Ford Ranger after driving it for a month or so shocks were really bad looked underneath to find two clean cracks through from near back shocks not sure if bad shocks are to blame or weak frame

- Avoca, MI, USA

problem #31

May 162017


  • 120,000 miles
Serious structural frame rust affecting areas related to suspension (shocks, brackets/shackles of leaf spring) while the rest of the truck, including the body is generally unaffected by any serious rust.

- Telluride, CO, USA

problem #30

Sep 012016


  • miles
Rusty frame,

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #29

Mar 012016


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While servicing the vehicle, the contact noticed that the frame was corroded and fractured. In addition, the suspension was corroded. The vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Rapid River, MI, USA

problem #28

Jun 022016


  • 104,000 miles
Was changing a broken adjuster on rear brakes and noticed the frame at the rear shock mount has large cracks in it on both sides. The concern is the stress placed on the cracked frame as that is where most of the strain is placed. That portion of the frame has a bunch of rust causing the metal to pit and likely weaken. I'm speculating that the metal used was inferior or that the shock plate was mounted in wrong location. The frame will require welding which will not be as strong.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #27

Nov 082014


  • miles
The front cross frame has rusted to the point of being unsafe as has the rear

- Brooklin, ME, USA

problem #26

Apr 222013


  • 155,000 miles
Spare tire assembly rusted completely tire and full assembly fell off on on highway created a hazard and almost an accident. The truck was in motion doing about 50 mph.

- Stratford, NJ, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Sep 032015


  • miles
Went to have the truck inspected when they notice that where the spare tire went it was rusted through. This was all noticed when the truck was sitting still being inspected

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #23

Aug 012015


  • 80,000 miles
Noted piece of metal dangling from rear of truck. Took vehicle to my mechanic and was shown that driver side gas tank strap had rusted away from mounting bracket. Toured underneath vehicle while it was on lift and was astonished to see the rust thru on all components of underbody. Frame, fuel and brake lines, mounting brackets etc. Mechanic unable to find a secure part of frame that would hold temporary repair. {auto body mechanic made temp repair}. the deterioration of this vehicle goes way beyond normal wear and tear. I have maintained this vehicle through its 80,000 miles and the body and paint look perfect. It is a life safety catastrophe waiting to happen. I babied this truck and planned on keeping it many more years. I can't even sell it now due to complete deterioration from premature rusting.

- South Orange, NJ, USA

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