really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,257 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Feb 012016


  • 138,000 miles


I bought my Ranger 12 months ago. 6 months ago I noticed the bed of the truck was starting to lean to the left. Also the spare tire came up missing. I thought it was stlolen but upon inspection it had simply rusted the holder under the truck and fallen off. 3 months ago the truck started making a grinding noise upon braking. The right front a arm had rusted and broken off the frame. A mechanic had to weld a piece of metal to the frame because there was nothing to weld to. Then I finally decided to look under the truck and was shocked at what I found. The bed floor was nearly non excistant. Rusted almost completely gone. The spring shackle on the right which is attached to frame with a bracket were sticking up against the bed liner, the bracket completely gone. The tube that holds the right shock absorber is completely rusted off, the shock absorber just hanging there. Mechanics have told me theres no way to repair because theres no viable metal left to weld to. Its simply rusted away. So now im left with over 3 more years of car payments on a vehicle that's useless. I will upload pictures as soon as I can. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #57

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 #56

May 222016


  • 150,000 miles
Severe rust on frame. Rear spring hangers broke. Spare tire holder rotted and needed to be removed. Cracked frame behind front spring hanger of right rear spring. Driveline in good condition as was the rest of the body.

- Ravena, NY, USA

problem #55

Apr 012016


  • 100,000 miles


This is in addition to a previous complaint that I filed earlier today. I own a 2001 Ford Ranger 4X4 XLT. Body and interior all perfect. No rust on body. Frame is rusted through in back of area that rear shackles are attached to. Shackles themselves have been replaced two years ago. Truck will not pass inspection and I am told cost of repairs could be around $2000 or more. The mileage on this truck is just over 100K. I am very disappointed in Ford Motor Company. I've owned many Ford vehicles, some a lot older than this truck and never experienced anything like this.

- Clifton Township, PA, USA

problem #54

Apr 012016


  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2001 4X4 Ford Ranger XLT. Body, interior perfect condition. Always garaged, just over 100K miles won't pass inspection. Frame rotted out! Ford should replace this frame or buy back the truck. It is useless to me in this condition. I was told that repairs could cost up to $2000 or more. I feel ripped off by Ford Motor Company. This is my last Ford.

- Clifton Township, PA, USA

problem #53

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 #52

Sep 192015


  • 110,000 miles


Frist, rear spring shackles rusted through had to be replaced, now rear frame where the shock tower hooks up is completely rusted through ( frame is severely rusted to on safe condition )in motion heard a loud rattle pulled over to see what it was.we have pictures but could not download them on this form.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #51

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 #50

Aug 242015


  • 89,365 miles
While inspecting my vehicle before attempting to repair the bracket on the exhaust when I noticed large chips of rust and decay on the entire frame of the vehicle while the body and engine bay are completely un damaged, the rust on my vehicle is far worse then should be on my vehicle with less then 100,000 miles.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #49

Apr 202015

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
I had my truck serviced and the mechanic said the left front frame holding the suspension was rusted.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #48

Nov 122014


  • 113,500 miles


The spare tire rusted off and fell of when driving and shock mounts also broke due to rust.

- Warwick , NY, USA

problem #47

Jun 142013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Took truck in for service and was told the spring shackles were rusted and had to be replaced.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #46

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 #45

Feb 212015

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Frame supporting spare tire carrier fell off causing spare to drag. Also have in the past had both rear leaf spring mounts and shackles break off the frame to excessive rot.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #44

Feb 082012

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

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

- Highmount, NY, USA

problem #43

Jan 012010


  • 110,000 miles
While driving along the interstate I-65 my rear frame fell off along with the spare tire it was due to rust on the frame it also took the rear leaf spring shackles on both sides causing the springs to penetrate through the floor of the pick up bed I hear tell this american made truck has a frame that was made in Japan. Knowingly if the frame was made in the usa it would of had copper in the blend of steel which slows the problem of decay by rust. It would be unheard of if Ford declines to recall these defected frames for who does clean the pockets of the frames on their personal vehicles?

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #42

Sep 042014

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Front wheel driver's side just fell off the frame due to extensive rust. Wheel is hanging by the spring only. Inspection of the entire frame shows very extensive rust and it looks like swiss cheese.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #41

Jul 242012


  • 83,400 miles
I went to a auto body shop to get a estimate on some minor body work, during the inspection process the auto body rep found the frame to the rear of the rear tires was completely rusted through on the drivers side to the point the rear spring shackle was the only item holding the axle in place. Upon checking the complete frame he determined the complete frame was rusted away to the point he recommended the vehicle not be driven. Ford also discontinued this frame so I can not purchase another frame and rebuild the truck on a new frame. Note this truck was rarely used in the winter and was washed often. Previously a fuel line had to be replaced due to rusting in 2004, which I reported to the NHTSA and never heard anything back regarding that complaint.

- East Haddam, CT, USA

problem #40

May 012014


  • 200,000 miles
Frame in rear of truck rusted badly, rear shackle mount O pass side extremely bad with holes completely through the frame in multiple places. Rear tire carrier completely unusable.

- Sandy Ridge, NC, USA

problem #39

Jan 152014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Passenger side rear spring shackle bracket rusted and broke off of frame. Frame, especially near rear of truck, is badly rusted.

- Easthampton , MA, USA

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