really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,845 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger electrical problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 172016


  • 204,457 miles


Had electrical fire in steering column after just starting vehicle while still in park..

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 282011

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Door ajar light stays on due to faulty door latches and switches. Prevents door from closing all the way and also prevents the interior light to shut off. Doors shut but don't latch fully which can cause the door to pop open. This should of been a recall a while ago. When talking to my mechanic and a few other people with a 99-01 Ranger extended cab 4 door they have had the same problem. My mechanic says this is a known Ford problem. I fear that someone in the back jump seat will be leaning up against the door and it will pop open when going down the road. I am in the process of getting this issue corrected but it is going to be a costly fix that I should not be responsible for since this is a Ford Ranger problem and I am not the only one having it!!!

- Sheridan, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 282011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving 20 mph when I press the brake and the pedal went to the floor, a fire started under the hood, I noticed one of the brake lines was burning. Put fire out and towed the pick up to the shop where it remains.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152005


  • 50,000 miles


My 2001 Ford Ranger rear safety lights (tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals) will only work when my tilt steering wheel is in the full up right position. I can drive the vehicle in this condition even though it is a little uncomfortable. My wife must place the tilt wheel in a lower position to drive. Since there are no rear safety lights when the steering wheel is in this position she cannot drive the vehicle safely.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 012009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the oil pressure gauge constantly displayed the same reading, unless the vehicle was stopped. Once the vehicle was stopped, the needle within the oil gauge would flutter. The contact replaced the oil sensor, but the failure continued. The vehicle was not taken to an autorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 133,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011


  • 37,000 miles
I sent in a hard copy letter and an E-mail to Ford service in June of 2009. Upon stopping at a party store with my foot applying pressure to the brake pedal, my Ford 2001 Ranger V6 XLT 4X4 motor suddenly accelerated nearly going into the store. I tried to stop it by shifting into neutral but it was too late. The only thing, which prevented me from crashing into a wall and possibly severely injuring myself or someone else, was a protective post which stopped the vehicle the Ranger went over the top of the cement post and was wedged between the bumper and frame. I turned off the ignition to stop the engine.. needless to say, severe bumper and front-end damage was done. The range has 35,000 miles. This is the third incident of this dangerous condition. I was stopped at a traffic light at gill and freedom in the spring of 2003 when all of a sudden the Ranger accelerated through a red light. I jammed the brakes and nothing happened was able to put gear shift in neutral to stop vehicle. There was no traffic and no damage to Ranger. Second incident occurred in the parking lot of walled lake western high school. Used same technique to stop vehicle after it jumped a curb and ended in the middle of adjacent street. Again, no damage. This happened in 2005. I have additional incidents that were reported by others www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Ranger/2002/brakes/accelerates_when_applying_brakes.shtml in 2010 a similar incident March 12th 2010 was reported by a Nissan pickup however, the safety post were not present just the curb on the side of the building of the same gas station/party store located at grand rive and drake in farmington hills, mi. The Nissan pickup went right through the window shattering glass window into the party store. A police report was file with the farmington police department. These incidents might not be related to current Toyota

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 202006


  • 120,000 miles


I was driving in the snow in 2006, when a loud squeak could be heard from the engine compartment. I had the truck service from an independent mechanic. They changed the belt tensioner. This wasn't the problem. The truck continued to squeak at all speeds and all temperature conditions. Since then, I have taken the vehicle into 3 different Ford motor mechanics and 2 independent mechanics. No of them know exactly where the noise is coming from. It was thought he be the belt. The alternator was replaced, belt tensioner, new pulleys, and 3 different belts. And quess what, the truck still squeaks. I have temporarily fixed the problem with a lot of wd-40 on the belt. But why can't anyone tell me what is making the squeak and fix it. I've suck about $3000 into the truck. I refuse to spend anymore on other mechanics ideas.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 052007

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Failure of the 4X4 control module where vehicle will unexpectedly shift out of 4WD causing a near hit with another vehicle. Upon doing research found that many other Ranger and Explorer owners are experiencing the same thing.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 072007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,144 miles
2001 Ford Ranger throttles up to as much as 3000 RPM at stop while brake is engaged. Some times causing vehicle to proceed into intersection dispute braking(because truck was coasted to stop and brake was at the end of its travel).

- Ashland, OH, USA

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