really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,750 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

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

problem #5

Oct 102013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The gas tank support which was a part of the frame rusted off.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 082012

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Entire frame rusted out-gas tank-rear shackles-bumper fell off.

- Highmount, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 102014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


I purchased a 2001 Ford Ranger on February 3rd 2014 from columbus auto body resale. We took the vehicle in to repair the tire to find out the gas tank was hanging off the truck and could not install the gas tank straps to secure the gas tank because the frame is to rusted. The truck is unsafe to drive.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 082011


  • 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 #1

Sep 182012


  • 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

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