The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC and side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test
The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain. Stability control and side air bags are standard for 2010. This is the last year for the Ranger.
Seating
3 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (119 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (150 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"When I scheduled an oil change and tire rotation it was apparent one front tire was wearing tread on one side of the tire at a faster rate than the other tires. I didn't notice any problems in the driving of the vehicle"

Marvin D., KS (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"There is not camber adjustment available as the vehicle is assembled. An expensive kit is required to be installed in order to adjust the camber of the front wheels. This was required after only 50000 miles"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"wore out, ready to fall apart"

Larry N., GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"ball joints in ford rangers are known to go out at 50000"

Anonymous, IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose ball joints"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Ball joints needed replacing @ 132000 miles"

Paul B., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"ball joints loose/worn, even though they were replaced two years earlier by a dealer"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Needed to be replaced. They were simply wearing out"

Ronald D., GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement at about 87,000"

Eugene B., NY (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The person doing the alignment called me advising me of this problem and suggested it be corrected which I agreed to"

Marvin D., KS (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Ball joints were just beginning to get loose at 245000 miles. Replaced myself at low cost and had front end re-aligned"

Daniel L., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced because of normal wear"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"ball joints worn out. Require replacement with tie rods. New alignment required afterwards"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"uneven tire wear brought it to my attention"

James S., WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn to the point of replacement"

Rob R., GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced bushings at the same time @132000 miles"

Paul B., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Terrible leaks from the system all the time"

Alec W., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Was noisy after a few years and a 30000 miles flush at the dealer. Had to replace it was so bad"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"SHOCKS ARE WORN OUT NEED REPLACING"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The rear strut wore out too quickly"

George Y., IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The plastic bushings on the torsion bar cracked and crumbled"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"shackles on rear leaf springs rusted and fell apart"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Both rear springs were broken. One spring had the top leaf broke in half and was just rattling around. The other springs top leaf was totally gone. What's up with that?"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The Right Rear Leaf spring overload leaf (bottom leaf) was found to be broken. I do not load the truck heavily so chose not to repair it"

Thomas J., VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Front torsion bar Links broke"

Daniel L., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Left front steering bearing loose"

Mike P., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Problem with leaks in the rack and pinion assembly"

Ronald D., GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose tie rods"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Wore out after 15 years"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced the left last year and the right this year. Dealer indicated this was a common issue"

Greg L., UT (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"also needed replaced too early"

George Y., IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"caused by ball joints"

James S., WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the suspension rods broke, and was not caught by the manufacture, it took an indipendent front-end expert to discover the fault"

St Jeor V., MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Why do most shops balance with lead weights? I've been told that they cause those unsightly areas on alum Rims"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Bearing failure at about 90,000 miles"

Eugene B., NY (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Rotted out hoses to the front hub systems"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The antilock brake system went out without any warning"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"ABS light illuminated, and much higher brake pedal pressure was required to stop vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Sensor keeps coming on. Dealer says it is fine, yet light continues after paying them too much money to fix it!"

Tina M., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tend to lock up after sitting for a days"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rust made caliper fails, during test drive, brake lines ruptured, so they had to be replaced"

David R., MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The brakes always need repairs...mainly caliper issues"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Parking brake cable seized up. Right now it is disconnected"

Daniel W., KY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"In freezing conditions, when the parking brake is applied, it will not disengage to drive forward. You can drive in reverse but it will stay applied when you try to drive forward. I have had this worked on numerous times in the past 5 years"

Daniel W., KY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"needed pads"

Edwin M., IL (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unknown squeaking that the dealer can never find or fix. We are now trying to sell it. Too many problems and dealer is awful to work with"

Tina M., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Typical"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"ranger is 1996 - not available as option in survey question. no brakes, needed tow to have serviced"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake fluid lines rusted through and leaked- replaced lines"

William S., MI (2000 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"need front brake pads"

Jamie D., NC (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"computer problems twice"

Anonymous, SD (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"broken and replaced brake drum"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lines rusted and needed replacement. Brake fluid leaked as a result, and the brakes failed"

Robert M., NY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"brake fluid lines are made of an inferior material, a replacement line made of a nickel alloy should be a manufacturer's choice"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel cylinders leaked"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Broken pulley belt tensioner arm"

Nancy W., AL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"Trouble starting, engine running rough, cylinders misfiring. Diagnosed as computer trouble but issues aren't consistent"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Though no discernible problems can be found by dealers, there continues to be a recurrent "Check Engine" light. It is best dealt with by simply resetting that computer function"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine misses upon cold start up. Eventually goes away"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"This is caused by the spark plugs problem which I have talked about"

Anonymous, AL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Car engine knock unless using premium fuel. Has gotten as low as 13 mpg in town even with premium fuel"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"oil pan had pin holes in it and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"small engine leak but not losing or dripping oil"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Persistent inor oil leak from somewhere in engine. Dealer did not recommend repair since transmission would have to be removed"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"several oil leaks"

Charles T., MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent, slow leak that bears watching, but has not been repaired due to the high cost"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"This vehicle developed fluid leaks from the engine, transmission and differential even though it was garage-stored for it's entire ownership period. In the last 6 months we had to spend $1,450 to have these leaks resolved. This is Unacceptable!"

P W., AZ (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Minor oil leak near front of engine"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Black rubber trim on windows is cracked and tearing away"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I couldn't find the name of the part but it's the large plastic "skirt" attached to the lower part of the bumper. The attachments rusted and it hung precariously until I had it bolted with rust proof parts"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Two spots the paint has peeled of and is rusty underneath, both on roof near the front and rear glass in the middle of truck"

Timothy C., VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Top of cab is fading and oxidizing"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on the roof and hood fading"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The clearcoat broke down and the paint began to peel, fade, and chalk"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"PAINT IS CRACKING AND CHIPING OFF HOOD AND BED"

James S., KS (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fading and peeling"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The front floor of the bed is now rusted through. I have to replace the entire bed now"

Jeff G., PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The box is all rusted out with holes in it. The bumper has a big rust hole in it"

Karen C., NH (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Back and front bumper starting to show signs of rust and starting to rust"

Anonymous, MB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Whole underside is rusted. Exhaust pipe rusted through and fell off. Springs are rusted"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rocker panels rusting bad"

James R., IA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"radiator failed"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic heater valve broke"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Put on new water hoses, upper and lower"

Harold M., AZ (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"hose in truck dry rotted"

John S., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Same issue as for seals"

W T., VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"passenger door or windshield at the roof brace has leaked water for several years"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"leak coming in from somewhere and soaking passenger side floor"

Anonymous, AR (2000 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"seals within the motor; gaskets, I guess you call them. The shop said that was normal for that many miles"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks around rear sliding glass window"

W T., VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"wind noise"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"15years old"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"serpentine belt squeals in wet weather"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The Quad Doors have had unresolved Wind Noise ever since we purchased it 15 years ago. Ford dealers were completely unable to resolve the issue, so we just accept the high wind noise leve"

P W., AZ (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Was dead when purchased. Knew it had to be replaced. Factored into price paid for truck"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Must be replaced. Truck too old so driving in hot climate without AC"

Nancy M., TN (2000 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"compressor locked up smoked"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"sometimes it blows weakly, sometimes not at all it seems but regardless never strong like before"

Doug P., SD (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"only 2 of 4 speeds work on fan. looks like maybe bad plug on engine compartment fire wall. on later tears model the plug is now inside the passenger compartment. Dash light bulbs are burning out. Door button electric locks will not work by button or"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Blows cool air with heater on"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioner will run for only a short period. Seems to lose refrigerant and so the compressor shuts off. It will run again for a similar period if left off for a while"

Robert W., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Shop couldn't locate the leak and I can't afford to replace everything to fix it"

Timothy C., VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"In past 3 years I have replaced watter pump twice and radiator once"

Anonymous, IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the AC clutch and recharge the system. AC worked well for a week before losing it's refrigerant"

Robert S., TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Ranger has had repeated problems with refrigerant leaks. Has to be recharged appx once per year. Maint persons have not found leak"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Leak cannot be found; eventually air conditioner compressor died"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"slow leak, have replaced everything but the condensor over the last 7 years. Still works good enough for Texas summers"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"lite comes on sometimes out of the blue. tried changing the gas cap, but still had to take it to shop to get them to reset the computer"

Johnny R., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Changed all of the emission controls based on code info from OBDll and engine light still stays on???"

Alec W., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump went out, could not start the truck"

John R., OH (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The fuel pump Quit at about 101000, not bad in my mind. I LOVE this truck"

Woodrow F., NY (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Parked the pickup on an incline for about 2 months without moving and the fuel pump failed to operate once the battery was reattached"

Robert S., TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump failed. Was second such failure in short period"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump quit after starting in my garage, therefore it was inconvenience only"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Ranger always started on first 'turn of key'--I owned it 8 yrs-trouble free!!it just stopped starting;had a new battery; had local used car/repair shop install new fuel pump when they returned it to me with other problems that I never had before the"

Millie H., OH (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Two oxygen sensors were replaced to correct the problem with my truck which was idling rough and shaky"

John C., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"This was ONE of the problems the local used car/repair shop gave my Ranger back to me with-it had NEVER had any such problem prior------"

Millie H., OH (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Check Engine lights and oxygen lights remain "on" despite no computer detected problems that affect performance"

Nancy W., AL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Bad mass air sensor"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Antifreeze level dropping with no apparent leaks. Not radiator, hoses, or head gasket. Not sure where it goes, but not the tailpipe or ground leak"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"fitting coming off engine to lower radiator hose rusted out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The antifreeze leaks was one of the symptoms that caused me to find that the head gaskets needed replacing"

Janell C., ND (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Intermittent timing cover gasket leaking causing a difficult diagnosis"

James N., TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Overheating

"Due to radiator problem"

Tom S., TN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator had to be replaced due to rusting out"

Tom S., TN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The radiator tank crack causing overheat that lead to head gasket failure"

Eugene P., OK (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The overflow tank on the radiator is combined with the radiator as one piece, requiring the complete radiator replacement instead of only the overflow tank"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator replacement necessary"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"replaced"

Charles G., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"down time - one day"

Anonymous, IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Poorly designed valve seats and guides"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Cylinder heads were cracked. A lot of parts were changed prior to the heads being rebuilt, diagnosing the problem"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Cracked head"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Cylinder loses compression, began in first cylinder are 65,000 miles. By 200,000 miles, 4 cylinders had low compression and I had to replace the engine. I am now having the same problem, 135,000 miles later on the second engine"

George C., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Engine failed, required rebuilding"

St Jeor V., MN (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced with an engine with 150000 miles on it"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"head gasket failed due to radiator tank crack"

Eugene P., OK (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Both head gaskets (It's a V-6) were replaced after I developed coolant leaks and several episodes of not having interior (cab) heat. Cost about $2,200. I always have all my work done at my Ford dealer where I bought the vehicle"

Janell C., ND (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"blown head gasket due to water-jacket corrosion in cylinder head-replaced heads with new aftermarket heads along with better headgaskets"

Charles G., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"This was cause by overheat due to radiator tank cracking"

Eugene P., OK (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"had to replace both head gaskets. did work myself"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Hasn't worked for a long time"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have on-going electrical problems. Current the oil gauge will read low/zero on some starts....though I have plenty of oil. I stop. Restart and gauge pops up to mid range/normal. My air conditioning has not worked properly for 10 years. It's been checked many times. On hot days (only) it will start fine, pumping out cold air and then just stop send refrigerated air. Sometimes, if I stop and restart the engine, it will return, but never longer than 10 mins"

George C., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Most of the lighting for the instrument panel non functioning"

Larry M., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The fuse for the turn signals and break lights blows, on an average, about every six months. However, when it blows, it will blow multiple times within a short distance. Once, I had to replace it four times in one day"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Bought this lovely small 1/2 ton used pickup and immediately had to replace the electric window motors and electric lock actuators. The windows were having trouble completely opening & closing, and the keyless entry could neither lock nor unlocker the doors--a common problem according to research. Both would eventually result in not being able to close windows or unlock doors even with a key. Have a great local mechanic who replaced everything for $350 and now I have a great little truck for 1/1"

Sarah W., GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Died twice in the last two years. AAA was able to fix each time"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not reliably work"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Starts on it's own"

Anonymous, MB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The truck is old and a new overhead wiring harness was installed"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Experienced engine overheat with no warning lights functioning"

Larry M., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"The bearing in the clutch cylinder is letting go so replaced the clutch, bearing and cylinder"

Karen C., NH (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I have replaced the clutch 2 times in the past 8 years, I had other manual transmissions in other vehicles in the past but this one has not been the best, other than that issue it's a good pick up"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The mechanic shop removed and replaced the clutch kit and slave cylinder when the clutch went out, since fluid was leaking from the slave cylinder"

John C., WA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear,"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"too many to right about"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"there was a weird noise happening when shifting. I took it in and they said it was because there was loose 'stuff' (My words) in the trans and it had to be replaced. I have not had any major repairs to this car before this and it could be said that c"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"I had to purchase/exchange 4 different transmissions for this truck. It was given to me as a gift . And it has been a battle keeping it on the road. I have paid for it more than once and can not afford to put any more money into it"

Florena C., MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual transmission has always been reluctant to shift, is in the shop now for rebuild"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Torque converter

"The torque converter needed to be replaced twice"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Exhaust rusted through creating holes, hold up bracket rusted through, exhaust 'Y' pipe had to be made by Midas as there no replacements, overall it cost 1832.00 to replace the exhaust system"

David R., MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted away. Probably to be expected due to age"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"came off"

Charles T., MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted away. Probably to be expected due to age"

Anonymous, AB (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"exhaust pipe rusted through and fell off"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"It was necessary to replace the oil pan gasket and fro nt seal. In the process, the garage mechanics found it necessary to loosen exnaust manifod and header pipe nuts and bolts. I now have an exhaust manifold leak and a warning that the whole exhause"

Ernest K., NH (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Warning gauge does not give much lead time. Battery very difficult to extract and replace"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine stopped when I stopped at stop sign but eventually (after 30 minutes) restarted. Mechanic could not find any problems with the engine systems"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Threads for plugs on engine head have become stripped. Cause possibly more the servicing dealer than the vehicle but since there is a kit to repair, assuming it is a common engine issue"

Anonymous, NE (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"occasional skipping. Replaced ignition wires and spark plugs"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"A spark plug fails often; the engine is not using oil. All the plugs are clean. The plug that last the longest is a Motorcraft plug"

Anonymous, AL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"check engine light came on....need new plugs and wires"

Jamie D., NC (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Starter stopped working"

James N., TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Slave cylinder leaking; replaced along with clutch"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The transmission shifts really rough especially when you are doing freeway driving"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"A problem developed in the 4wd, where the transmission tried to engage from 2wd to 4wd while driving, without it being turned on"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"seals do"nt hold upfor long"

Anonymous, KY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"TRANSMISSION LEAKS"

Anonymous, MS (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Automattic transmission slips between 20 and 30 mph"

Anonymous, HI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission slipped between gear changes. Had the transmission serviced which did not correct the problem. Transmission still slips occasionally"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Passenger rear door cable snapped making it almost impossible to open/close"

Susan T., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Poor passenger door fit ever since brand new. Dealers unable to fix. Must be slammed to be barely engaged. My opinion: stems from poorly fitted major right side panel during manufacture"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"electric locks no longer work, has to be done manually"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"key or lock ware"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"The seat belts no longer retract as they should. The return spring is now weak"

Jeff G., PA (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Spare tire fell down on highway, wires holding it sheared off completely. Luckily did not hit another vehicle. Spare tire was never deployed or replaced. Do not live in northeast, nor did vehicle come from northeast"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"This model has a clunk sound and vibration when you start forward or reverse, as the drive line does not have a lubrication point where it slides in and out behind the transmission"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"4wd stopped working, too costly to repair"

Anonymous, IN (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear differential wore out. Cost to replace with a new or rebuilt was about $2000 which is more than the Ranger is worth. I paid about $750 to have a used differential put in. So far no problems"

Daniel W., KY (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Pinion seal leak"

Larry W., MI (2000 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"short in wiring to rear turn and brake lights"

John S., FL (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"Really can't complain too much... radio died! but it did work for 17 years"

Bob R., CA (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The AM radio has had horrible static since day one. Everything from adjusting the air-conditioning ,blower fan to using the turn signals to using the windshield wipers affects the severity and tone of the static. FM radio works fine"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"I am not sure what happens but, every now and then the entire display panel just goes blank. The speedometer doesn't work, the radio goes out and so will the interior lights"

Florena C., MD (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"cruise control buttons and on off switch broken and worn off. Replaced with dealer supplied (but not free parts). Repairs by independent repair garage"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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