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 9 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
  • 2.3-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (150 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 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

Ball joints

"Worn to the point where an alignment was not possible"

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"worn out"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"worn out, no grease"

Sharon A., HI (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber seals deteriorating, ripped let in moisture"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have all the related parts replaced associated with the steering - all just worn out by age - cost was about $1500 for everything"

Robert W., TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All 4 ball joints required replacement. I live in an area prone to flooding and I have driven this truck through tidal flood waters which likely accelerated the damage to the ball joints"

Benjamin S., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joints replaces at 97000 miles"

Thomas S., CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"had to replace upper and lower both sides"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

"worn out"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Loss of all fluid in one front shock absorber"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"normal wear and tear on a 14 year old truck"

Al P., NV (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Was difficult to maneuver the vehicle. Rack and pinion had to be replaced. Cost 950.00"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rack and pinion caused serious tire wear and dangerous steering problems"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking after two years finnaly entire steering system was replaced at a cost of $1400. both torsion rods and ball joints and entire steering linkage and shocks"

Gary R., MO (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The entire front end suspension and steering system has been replaced due to the lack of any grease ports. The sealed systems on newer autos is planned obsolescence"

Sharon A., HI (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

"Alternator failed"

Benjamin S., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaf cracked"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"had steering vibration and had front end work done"

Bob S., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Truck vibrated around 55mpg and smoothed out around 60mpg. Sway bar and shocks were the problem"

Al H., GA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Right front caliper hanging up and causing brake to drag.I replaced the caliper"

Walter B., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Locked up when engaged after not using for a long time. Unable to release - required towing. Broken/failed parts found"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The parking brake would not totally release"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Parking brake would sometimes hang up (stuck on - wouldn't release) and I would have to very assertively (to the point of spinning the wheel not stuck) have to try to move alternately forward and reverse several cycles to get it to pop free"

Josef W., MD (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Parking brake cables were replaced. Was difficult because left wheel had correct cable normal size and right had cable for larger size brake. Heard some rangers were built that way"

Wesley L., PA (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"I have to put brakes on twice a year"

Banita C., IN (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Brake rotors and pads wore out just prior to 250,000 miles. They were the original rotors. The pads had been replaced at about 100k miles"

Richard K., TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"On my 4th set of rotors. They seem to warp/ wear very rapidly. Repair facility blames it in road salt, etc"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Front rotors out of round. Shudders at an intensity proportional to vehicle speed when brakes are applied"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"During the Summer, the ABS starting working on my downhill driveway and did not stop the vehicle. Fortunately, there was a hill on one side of the drive"

Ronald K., PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"a small leak that did not compromise braking but created a haze in the cabin"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Made the mistake of using cheap semi- metallic pads!"

Patrick L., OR (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"They flushed the brake fluid"

A T., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Original rear brakes lasted ~130k miles (so I can't really complain) but the drums couldn't be turned at that point and had to be replaced. Also had a leaky wheel cylindar"

Josef W., MD (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Truck squeaked on every bump or uneven place in the road. Rattled also. Sounded like metal on metal. Sway bar and shocks cured the problem"

Al H., GA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes didn't squeak that much"

A T., NJ (2001 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

"Window trim on drivers side came loose after 13 years"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Like MOST older WHITE vehicles, the paint will peel off in BIG chunks. Must have been bad paint. The type or model doesn't matter"

Jerry P., OR (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The paint all along the front edge of the hood is blistering"

Michael S., WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has been peeling and fading for years. I had this same problem with a Mercury Sable wagon I used to own"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"The clear coat is peeling which exposes the paint, which is fading"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Paint fading, especially on roof and hood"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Paint on hood is peeling"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rocker panels completely rusted out"

John S., NE (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted out spare tire carrier. Led to rusted frame and spring shackle mounts"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"See previous text box for worst results of rust problem. Undercarriage and bottom of passenger door have serious rust despite that I've been episodically treating rusted spots with Rustoleum Rust Reformer and/or POR 15 since shortly after purchase in 2010. Admit I don't wash religiously, but I wash bottom several times per winter to remove salt. Rusting seems excessive to me"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is rust behind the front wheels to the doo posts and rust around the wheel whlls of he back(PU box) and rust on the gas door hinges"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Significant rust on both front fenders behind the wheels. Tailgate bottom has begun to rust"

Thomas T., ME (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rocker panels rusted through on both sides and needed replaced. Also the rear brake lines rusted and leaked"

Ronald K., PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"side step and panel under door rusting out, due to the salt and brine they put on roads. I don't think they under coat these days, but not sure"

Polly H., PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"The truck had a coolant leak when I bought it; my mechanic fixed the leak and it has been fine since"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"under carriage has rattling sounds. Need to get it on rack to locate"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"We have a rattle that sounds like a paint can when you shake it. It is coming from somewhere in the back seat area. We've taken out everything not bolted down and still haven't found it"

Mark M., AR (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tailpipe hanger fell off due to rust"

Carol F., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Significant rattle at one door closure but not consistent"

David H., NV (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Truck has more squeaks and rattles than our 1999 Ranger with over 200,000 miles on it. Truck came from northern Ohio and has a lot of salt damage"

Barbara C., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"truck is old and has noises like any old vehicle"

Byron S., DC (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"probably need new window and door seals"

Al P., NV (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The right side doors do not close tightly and the wind noise is pretty bad. The left rear door latch is broken and cannot be opened to fix it! (Broken cable, I think. They use cheap latch cables.)"

Gloria V., IL (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"It has always had wind noise since I bought it in 2008"

Barbara C., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Leak developed around rear window seal"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"same as the one above"

Byron S., DC (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"door seal"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Twice over a 24 month period I was unable to start the truck because it didn't recognize the key fob. 2nd failure I had this 'feature' disabled so I don't need a special key that may-or-may not be recognized, totally disabling an otherwise drivable vehicle"

Perry V., FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Cruise control

"Cheap plastic button covers on steering wheel disintegrated. Required repalacing the entire assembly"

Perry V., FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I had to have the cruise control repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"dashboard lighting failed. Can't read gauges at night. Expensive to fix, I was told"

Kenneth R., WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Control module caught fire while being driven, tripping fuse to wiper motor in rain on an interstate and filling cabin with smoke. Older than 12 mos: rust caused spare to fall off while driving in 2013 and one end of leaf spring to fall off 12/15 causing leak in brake cylinder and loss of brakes; also tail gate failure 10/15 caused by bad design. Installed own longer bolt w/ nut to fix"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil gauge not working"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"The Day Time Running lights failed and drained the battery"

Ernie N., MB (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Seems to be a new glitch in the steering column wiring for the turn signals sometimes"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Sometimes the light doesn't go off or they come on when the car is just sitting. The fuse has to be removed to shut off the light"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Almost all dash lights don't work"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Activators wearing out...needing replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Horn

"I believe that the horn was disconnected during battery replacement and not reconnected"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"it failed"

Mark H., CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Internal failure with rings and external leak with fabrication gasket"

Anonymous, LA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"leak in compressor. had ac charged I have had no more problems at this time"

Anonymous, OK (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blowere had to be replaced"

John M., DE (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Greatly reduced heat output"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor failed"

Mark H., CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"A/C is blowing warmer air. Have had freon added in the past"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"The air conditioner does not work. Looses refrigerant shortly after added to system"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Ac doesn't work after not using AC all winter"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Worn hoses, bad switch"

David H., NV (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"AC was not cooling. Our mechanic charged it up, and it seems fine"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The Blower resistor failed and wiring harness melted. This could have caused a fire"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

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

"Fuel pump had to b replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Sometimes would not start when engine was warm. Cool it off for 45 minutes and it was fine"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I had to have the fuel pump replaced because it wouldn't start"

Janice-Roger M., UT (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Original fuel pump failed at 251,000 miles. Replaced at a cost of $600"

Richard K., TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"It had to be replaced. Labor cost prohibitive"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Fuel pump quit working when trying to start"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Fuel pump failure @ 130000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Fuel Pump Failed; had to be towed; took 2-3 days to fix at a Ford dealership and was expensive (about $1200)"

Anonymous, ID (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle began running "rough" and my mechanic solved the problem by replacing the "injector pack"...the vehicle has almost 140,000 miles on it though & otherwise was trouble-free"

Jim J., CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine came on"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"engine light was on - testing showed EGR flow problem - cleaned EGR valve and replaced O2 sensor - fixed"

Thomas S., CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"After oil change and cooling system maintenance, performed by commercail outfit, I heard a very loud screeching from the serpintine belt"

Shawn A., WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"I've noticed a gasket leak. It is not a flowing leak, but a 'wet' crankcase"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Water pump, and timing belt cover area leaking about a quarter quart of oil a month. Replaced both water pump and timing belt cover, but leaks persisted"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"need a new oil drainage plug - simple and cheap"

Robert W., TX (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I bought the truck in October 2014 there was an oil leak. had it repaired and it has not been a problem since"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking oil at water pump housing and had to pull engine to repair then a year later had to repair oil leak at transmission bell housing total for both repairs was $1900"

Gary R., MO (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The valve-cover seals are leaking"

Michael H., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"a leak was discovered, but has not been fixed yet. the leak is up by the engine and not the tailpipe. i'm going to get it fixed soon (it's an expensive job)"

A T., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"back ?'s of exhaust is loose, broken connector"

Russell A., KY (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"tailpipe donut and clamps fell apart due to rust"

Carol F., NJ (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"doughnut clamp broke"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Muffler worn out after3500 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"exhaust pipes were rotten and made a loud noise. had pipes replaced and now runs quieter"

Bob S., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Leak in exhaust manifold"

Anonymous, OK (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Rear door cable on latch failed. Had to have 2 cables installed so door could be operated by dealer"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"Both "back" (half) doors became unopenable and useless. Extensive labor to release the right side latch and install a replacement latch made that one work. Left side side inoperable"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The extended cab doors do not close completely. Dashboard indicates door ajar"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Passenger side door latch needs WD-40 periodically or the door ajar alarm will sound with every bump in the road"

Thomas T., ME (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Latch broke"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Have replaced 2 tailgate latches over the years. Cheap plastic"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"coolant leaking at timing chain cover"

Andrew S., NE (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Engine cover gasket leaks. The repair is too expensive to have done so we use Bars Leaks"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace themostat"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"I didn't check well enough to make sure the gasket was on correctly when I replaced it. So I had to redo it. Now it's fine. I also had to change the thermostat housing, because it was leaking. So much fun"

Dan A., WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"gasket leaking"

Lloyd S., NY (2001 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

"The clutch stopped shifting and need to be machined to work again. It is still not great"

Ernie N., MB (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Though I have a new clutch, it's still hard to shift into first when stopped at a light. Maybe the synchromesh is bad?"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"External transmission case had defective snap ring slot. Over drive solenoid cover would not stay tight and leaked oil"

Walter B., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Brake line to rear wheels failed"

Wesley L., PA (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)
Transmission leaks

"After installing 3 tail-stock seals and still having leaks the tail-stock was replaced about 6 weeks ago. No leaking has occurred since"

Michael H., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch had never worked well since the replacement several years before. I finally got tired of fighting to shift and had it replaced. The shop said the problem was installing a non Ford part"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

"At 189000, I guess I got my moneys worth. Runs like new now"

Jerry P., OR (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"I wasn't surprised that it needed a clutch replacement given the number of miles on it. However, the first replacement was faulty so they had to replace it a second time"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission went out and had a rebuild installed"

Bob S., OH (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission radiator cooler leaked antifreeze into the transmission cooling lines. Radiator seal leaked between cooling sections"

Anonymous, UT (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-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

"had a dead cell- recommended to change"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In 2016 the "check engine" light came on and would loose power when engine stressed. Repair shop put on computer and indicated that problem was electrical. Had spark plugs and harness replaced and some other electrical parts replaced. Works fine now"

Shawn A., WA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Starter

"I believed engine timing was off after timing chain replacement but found the starter to be dragging down the battery. Installed new battery, helped at first with full charge, but starter is at fault, this was confirmed by my mechanic"

Gary R., NE (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Starter needed to be replaced"

John M., DE (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-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

"4-wheel drive module (blackbox) went bad would not go into 4-wheel drive. $500 repair for new black box"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"rear differntial leak"

Andrew S., NE (2001 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
CV joint

"front wheel bearing failure"

Anonymous, WI (2001 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

Steering wheel controls

"cruise control surfaces eroding"

Russell A., KY (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"shift lever would stick in park. had to get switch replaced that is activated when brake pedal is pressed"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
CD player

"Jammed"

Anonymous, TN (2001 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

"Engine has two timing chains, rear timing chain broke when engine was shut off. There was no indication of a problem. But after shutting off engine would not restart. Replacement was major work and cost $1200.00, plus 5 days in the shop"

Gary R., NE (2001 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"Had to replace because of leakage at a cost of about $1,000"

Patrick O., OR (2001 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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