really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,249 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuild or replace (1 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
2001 Ford Ranger transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 292007

(reported on)

Ranger XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,996 miles


I have a 2001 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0 motor auto tranny. I hit 72,996 miles, and my over drive started flashing. I was not sure what that was. I did notice at time, when it was flashing, it was in the teens so I thought it was due to cold weather. I wasn't sure, so I got to work and I made a few phone calls and looked on the web for information. Well I took it to a well known transmission place for it to be looked at and they said it's being caused by an incorrect 3rd gear ratio. They said they will not be able to know the whole damage until they take it apart. They said 'you should not drive the truck.' I said 'well I have to get to work.' So I go get a second quote, and the problem is the same thing. And the guy said its something that is not common. I said oh, so I do more digging, and from what I gather, Ford knows there is a problem with this. They even put out a TSB message about it. I got one last quote, and this time from the dealership. The man there said, 'you have damage, it could be a lot of things.' Just for them to put it on the computer, it was $160.00. And then for them to tear down my tranny its 90 bucks an hour, at a min of 4 hours you do the math. I was like wtf, so I called back the first guy, and its a well known transmisson shop. He advised that they can tear it down for 350.00 bucks and then fix what is wrong. I said what is the turn around he said 3 days. I said great so I'm without a car for 3 days so they can fix what fkin FORD already knows about. I made a phone call to FORD, and spoke with some DING bat who basically was making me feel like I was the ONLY ONE having this trouble, because she HAS never heard about this issue with ANYONE else. I'm like hello I see plenty of these trucks on the road, you mean to tell me that OUT of all these people I'm the ONLY one with this problem? I really find that hard to believe! She offered me NO help, so I just dropped the call. I went to the National HWY and looked at all the same people having trouble with their trucks. So I'm looking at $1800.00 in getting my truck fixed, not to mention still making a payment, I'm so stinking mad. I do know that I will never buy another FORD ever again, ever!!!! I would like to stick it to them in their tail pipes, because they stuck it to me!!!!!!

- , Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #3

Jan 092009

Ranger LX 3.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

No warning whatsoever, except one day after driving for about 15 miles, the OD light started blinking, would not move forward except in 1st gear and no reverse. After cooling down, it ran fine until just before getting to the "shop". Shot transmission, $2400.00 minimum. I've had transmissions go out in other vehicles, and it always shows signs of wear and then slowly goes out, this took one day.

- , Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 282007

Ranger 4x4 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

2001 ranger. 3.0 not hard on it. 30k the trans went. $1400. 45k the trans went. $1800 50k servo piston needed rebuilt. under warranty. 55k the trans went again. Covered under warranty. WTF. Warranty is out now.

- , Warren, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008

Ranger 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I had the same problem as the other guy. O/D light came on vehicle started jumping going up hill and when i come to a stop. Took it in and they said the 3rd gear is out. I will know this afternoon how much it costs and more details.

- , Omaha, NE, USA

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