really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
48,909 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 012011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Rear frame on Ranger is rusting. The slot where the gas tank strap hooks on to the frame has rusted away this caused the gas tank to drop the whole back frame looks bad.

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 272009


  • 82,000 miles
When trying to fill the gas tank, the overflow system(?) doesn't work properly. You cannot have hardly any pressure or, as you fill, the gas spews out of the tank before the safety feature on gas pumps can turn off. Gas spews down the side of the vehicle, out onto the ground, onto my hand, onto my feet. This creates a combustion possibility at the gas tank as well as the gas pump. This occurs about 99% of the time when I try to put gas into the tank. It doesn't matter how full the tank is. This is an ongoing problem. I've been told that the only way that it can be fixed is by dropping the gas tank. I've also been told it is occurring in other, newer Ford pickups. Due to the possibility of fire, this should be investigated. Thank you.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 022010

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,365 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I was driving my Ford Ranger, (2001 XLT automatic transmission) in an attempt to warm up the truck as the transmission had been acting up as it was not shifting as well as it should into higher gears. The truck was having trouble going past 10-15 mph before shifting gears and was going much slower than normal. As I drove around the parking lot where I work to warm up the truck, it was not going as fast as normal and it warmed up in about 20 minutes. I checked the transmission fluid and it was at a normal level. I turned off the truck and checked the oil which was in the normal range. I proceeded to go to qt and get some gas and on my way back to work, I went to stop at a red light and was almost stopped when the engine started revving up and took off at a very high rate of speed while my foot was pushing the brake pedal down as hard as I could. I then could not slow it down at the next light enough to make the right turn safely. I had to make a U turn with both feet on the brakes and after putting the truck in neutral and pushing the emergency brake, I had to put the truck into neutral and cut off the engine to turn into the parking lot where I work. I thought maybe I had hit the accelerator by accident and had a co-worker watch as I cranked up the truck in neutral. The tires were spinning like crazy and the rpms were way up. I had to turn the car off quickly as with the parking brake on and both feet on the brakes, it felt like the truck was going to take off at any time. My truck is parked with the check engine light on and I am scared to get near the [xxx] thing. I have a call into my mechanic now.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 222008


  • 0 miles


On Nov. 22, 2008 my son jeremiah gohn was killed as a result of a fire in the cab of his truck.

- Mt. Olive, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012008


  • miles
My 2001 Ford Ranger's RPM's drop suddenly when slowing down. Once I come to a complete stop the RPM will surge or the vehicle will quit. I have to put one foot on the brake and the other on the gas to keep the car running and stop the surging.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 132002

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle experienced a gas leak.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #1

May 172001

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle uses up to a half tank of gas for about 44 miles without using A/C or heater.

- Denver, CO, USA

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