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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Good performance and fits my needs"

Bill P., WA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Considering its age, the low cost of repairs."

Ben D., TX (2001 Ford Ranger)

"real good ride in inclement weather, snow & ice ie 4 wheel drive"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Truck handles well, always has plenty of power. Have had far less problems with wind than expected when see posting concerning extra care because of cross winds, ect."

Barbara C., IL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Rides and handles like a truck"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Good acceleration, engine powerful enough to carry heavy loads. For a small pick up it handles well. turning radius could be better but not a big issue."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The truck just keeps on chugging. It runs well and has no problems. given that I bought it with over 150,000 miles, that is a heel of a deal."

Byron S., MD (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I've driven manual transmissions for 42 years and these past 16 were in the Ford Ranger. It has been the worst shifting in two regards: smoothness & gear ratios. And at 80,000 miles last year, the transmission needed to be repaired."

D R., CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The Ranger is very stable and handles well in all circumstances, except snow and/or ice."

G M., KS (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Accelerates very will with good ground clearance. Practical truck. Parts are easy to come by. Gas mileage for a small truck not so good."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The handling around corners is not great=probably due to the higher ride due to the 4x4 feature The power is excellent on the highway."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Minimum use on highway, handling OK."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Ford Ranger)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Ride comfort is good, but it developed lots of interior rattles and wind noise by 30,000 miles."

Gerald G., RI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"easy in and out - good for the dogs - very good for loading lumber and stones and dirt and mulch etc"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Ride doesn't feel bad for being a truck when the bed is empty."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"At 6' 4", it offers the most leg room. It is comfortable to drive and handles well on the freeway."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Wind noise a problem at time when talking to passenger."

GERALD F., FL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The interior noise is a little loud."

Anonymous, NE (2001 Ford Ranger)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I've driven it 185,000 miles. Generally speaking it's been a pretty reliable truck. My biggest gripe is that the chassis rotted out to the point of being unrepairable by 150,000 miles. (I live in the northeast) Fortunately, I was able to get a good chassis from Georgia and have a friend who replaced it for me."

Gerald G., RI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I paid $18K 17 years ago and it still works. Admittedly, I don't drive it often any more. It's just my garden supply workhorse."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"waiting for Ford to make the new Ranger"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Bought new in 2001; now has over 330,000 miles, still going strong."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Very reliable, very good work vehicle - not a lot of silly styling that doesn't help the work factor. Great value. Easy to maintain, rational as a work truck - not silly styling and froufrou"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Value, every day driver good."

Michael N., ID (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I got it to use as a truck on rural property. It does what I expect of it. It was $18000"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Purchased in 2001 for about $12,000 with discounts. Only now developing some body rust. Have put another $5,000 into clutch, oil pan seal, cooling system, suspension items, etc.... I expect it will continue to require $1,000 per yr from here on out. Do not recommend 3L 6cyl. Not much for torque and only fair mpg. In retrospect, would have gone for rear door."

Andrew S., NE (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I have driven this vehicle for over 300000 miles with no major failure and it is still going. Have always done regular maintenance. The largest single expense was front brakes; calipers etc. at $1200."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Ranger)

"To this day, my Ranger has performed well in all seasons. It has been dependable and low maintenance. We own 30 acres of land with our home and the truck is an excellent vehicle for both home maintenance use as well as a personal vehicle, though it is a bit noisy on the road due to the fact we have tires that assure we can get around in the most severe weather conditions, including snow and mud on country roads. The cost was well worth the utility, versatility and dependability."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I really don't have any negative things to say about this rig. It is the right size for my needs and other than being too low geared, it is exactly what I was looking for."

FRANK T., OR (2001 Ford Ranger)

"FYI - I bought this Ranger second hand so got a good price."

Anonymous, MN (2001 Ford Ranger)

"This vehicle had 296,000 miles on it when I bought it. 31/2 yrs later, it has 332,500 miles and is still going strong. I paid $1800 for it. It is rusting out but the mechanical repairs I have made to it would all be considered expected because of its age and miles."

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"It was reasonably priced. It has lasted for 15 years as a work horse.I had rural property so was often hauling stuff in the bed or by trailer hitch."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"i know it is an old vehicle, but it is very very well taken care of. it only has 70000 miles on it and it seems that every 3 months or so something else fails on vehicle that cost another $500. i am about ready to cut my loses and get rid of it. over $3000 in repairs the last 2 years."

BOB S., OH (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The vehicle is 15 years old and has performed very reliably over the first decade. It does not owe me anything."

RONALD K., PA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Economy model but serves its purpose and has an attractive appearance."

KARL B., FL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Buy used opposed to new"

BILL P., WA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Basic truck that's afforda ble, easy to maintain, attractive. Engine is strong and trouble free."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The truck is 15 yrs old and many times I have been told that it does not look that old. It has not been repainted but still holds a good shine."

P B., SC (2001 Ford Ranger)

"My Ranger is the XLT style. My fathers was not, and I like the body style of my Ranger better than his."

MELISSA S., KS (2001 Ford Ranger)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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