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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,500 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. new transmission (4 reports)
  3. replace faulty clutch drum (1 reports)
  4. replaced shift solenoid (1 reports)
2001 Ford Ranger transmission problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 062014

Ranger 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


bought this 01 ford ranger one month ago used and what a great truck up till yesterday. stop to put gas in then went to leave. truck started spitting and spuddering and overdrive light started to blink as well as check engine light being on. plug computer in and it says sh*ting solenoida-d and tourque converter circuit. tried replacing solenoid and still nothing why the hell isn't ford doing something about this junk transmission. frigen pissed nice truck but what the hell help us out.....!!!!!

- bsanborn, Lyndonville, VT, US

problem #10

Jan 132004

Ranger Ext 4x4 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

i love the truck and body style,im a ford man but if it dont get better then this i will switch,it pisses me off when the od lights start flashin then when it decides ti shift gears it about snaps your neck,junk-ass transmission.......

- Micah M., Waverly, OH, US

problem #9

Oct 132008

Ranger XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Already had the transmission rebuilt once not even 10k miles ago. Transmission started shifting real hard again and then started to lock up and the od light flashed. Took it back to the tranny shop where i had a warranty. Come to find out it was a faulty clutch drum.

- Myles W., Hudson, FL, US

problem #8

Oct 192008

Ranger XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


Ok ive had my truck back not even 2 days and the od light is flashin again and the transmission is shifting hard again. this is the 3rd time this is happened. and will be the third time the transmission is gonna be pulled out. i think this is a serious problem. and needs to be brought to the attn of FORD. i think i got a lemon

- Myles W., Hudson, FL, US

problem #7

May 012008

Ranger V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

After about 10 miles of driving the O/D light starts flashing and Transmission starts to shift very rough. Had diag run and was told that transmission was bad. Roughly $2500 to rebuild.

- Rob C., Pittsfield, MA, US

problem #6

Jun 182008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Same thing happens with my Ranger. I feel that it is temperature or altitude related as I live at 7000 feet and it only happens when I go to lower/hotter elevations. It's probably happened around 10 - 15 times. I've never had it fixed. I just pull off the road, turn it off, wait a little while and turn it on again. It's been doing this since I bought it in 2003. I'm worried the whole thing is going to just seize up one day, but from the research I've done, getting it fixed doesn't help either.

- Wendy F., Edwards, CO, US

problem #5

Apr 132006

Ranger XLT 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


o/d lite started flashing - had to stop, turn engine off (then restart) to get vehicle in low range to climb any up-grade. all this at approx 63,000 miles. Had a certified Ford mech. repair and he found parts in pan that could only be left out when build. Also bolt missing from flywheel to flex-plate (did not find). This repair lasted 15,000 miles, then same problems. Had transmission rebuilt by a reputable transmission shop. And now at 1000,000 having same problems again. Will not buy another Ford, will look at Foreign makes. Thanks

- Jessie C., Stuart, VA, US

problem #4

Aug 012006

(reported on)

Ranger Edge

  • 90,150 miles

Same shift solenoid failure. 3rd time in 1 1/4 - 1/1/2 months, 4th failure in 13-14 months. Each time I am told it is P1746 shift solenoid failure. The overdrive light starts to blink, the gears begin to bang together until I go about 3 miles and it quits blinking as if the shift solenoid begins to work.

- Kurt C., Cape Coral, FL, US

problem #3

Aug 012006

(reported on)

Ranger Edge

  • 60,000 miles

the result is slamming gears. it failed once at 60000 miles and I had it fxed. It failed again about 13 months later, I had it fixed. It failed a third time 3-4 days later, I had it replaced again (warranty) now the blinking overdrive light came on again after 1 1/4 months since the last solenoid failure. The shop states no other fault code comes up. This most recent failure occurs when I start the car. The Overdrive light blinks and the shifting bangs gears until it is warmed up after several miles. Then the light quits blinking, ie, I guess the shift solenoid engages.'= fault p1746 solenoid fail

- Kurt C., Cape Coral, FL, US

problem #2

Mar 312008

Ranger 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Transmission felt slipping, searching for gear. OD light flashes. Codes say third gear ratio problem. Trans shop found metal shavings in pan, opened trans case and parts had shredded to pieces. Ford dealer no help and Ford Customer Care did not even want to talk. Transmission has to be rebuilt for $2700. Truck only has 71,000 miles and has never been abused, just driven to work. Trans shop has seen TSB's come through on this vehicle for this problem but no recalls. Hopefully enough people will come forward and write to Ford about this problem so they will address the problem.

- Danny G., Central, VA, US

problem #1

Mar 282007

(reported on)

Ranger XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,330 miles

Here is how this big mess started, I had my transmission serviced second time since I have owned my truck. Two weeks later the o/d light has started flashing, so I took it and got it checked and they told me, there are a few problems, main trouble is the 3 gear ratio is not right, and I have 2 other problems with my 4 wheel drive. So I did not go on the first quote, I did get 2 others 1 from the Ford dealer, and the other from a well know transmission service company. So at best this is going to cost me at a mim 1500.00 to correct it could go as much as 2100.00.

I have dug more into this problem to see if anyone else is having the same trouble, and low and behold, FORD knew about the issue all along, however they only put out a TSB notice. The notice was put out in May of 01 and I have an 01 came off the line in Oct of 00. I believe that Ford should pay for the cost of my repairs, they knew there was an issue with this transmission problem. I do know this that the car companies should be held more accountable for power train, engine and major part issues. They should do more other then just putting out a TSB notice!! Thats why I say FORD should pay for the cost of my repairs!

Not only am I going to be out the cost of this ungoddly repair, also going to be out cost of the loaner.

So all that own a 2001 Ford Ranger truck all beware!! If you have not already had trouble then you will!!!

- oneblggrump, Cumberland, RI, US

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