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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Ranger None)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)
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)

"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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Oct 13 2009
A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR WITH OR WITHOUT THE ENGINE RUNNING.
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING MODEL YEARS 1995-2003 WINDSTAR, 2000-2003 EXCURSION DIESEL, 1993-1997 AND 1999-2003 F-250 SD THROUGH F-550 SD DIESEL, 1992-2003 E-150 THROUGH E-550, 1995-2002 EXPLORER, 1997 AND 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, 1995-1997 AND 2001-2003 RANGER, AND 1994 F53 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH (SCDS). THE SCDS MAY LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
What should you do:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS THAT DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS IN LINE WITH THE SCDS. ON 1999-2003 WINDSTAR VEHICLES WITH A LEAKING SCDS, DEALERS WILL ALSO INSPECT THE ABS CONTROL MODULE CONNECTOR AND REPAIR AS NECESSARY. REPAIRS WILL BE COMPLETED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 27, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
For more information:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 09S09.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V399000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4500000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 11 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY DOPE, INC.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E025000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42540
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Aug 03 2007
THIS COULD RESULT IN AN UNDERHOOD FIRE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS. OWNERS OF THE PASSENGER CARS INCLUDED IN THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN THEIR VEHICLES TO THEIR DEALERS TO HAVE THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH DISCONNECTED AS AN INTERIM REPAIR. AS SOON AS REPAIR PARTS ARE AVAILABLE (EXPECTED OCTOBER 2007), OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN TO THE DEALERS FOR INSTALLATION OF A FUSED WIRING HARNESS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 13, 2007, AND MAILING COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 05S28.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION;S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07V336000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3600000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 17 2006
LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN AJ MOTORSPORT COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
AJ MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AJ MOTORSPORT AT 626-618-2026.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AJ MOTORSPORT AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E065000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3593
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
May 24 2006
WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN CK MOTORSPORTS COMBINATION HEADLIGHTS, CLEAR CORNER, BUMPER, AND SIDE MARKER LIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
CK MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 1, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CK MOTORSPORT AT 1-909-610-7211.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E049000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27176
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
Jul 16 2001
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE RESTRAINT SYSTEM MAY NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE OCCUPANT PROTECTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, PICKUP TRUCKS, AND MINIVANS. EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS SUPPLIED BY TRW. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE DRIVER'S AND/OR FRONT PASSENGER'S OUTBOARD SEAT BELT BUCKLE MAY NOT FULLY LATCH. FORD CROWN VICTORIA BUILT AT ST. THOMAS ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 - 5/29/01 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS BUILT AT ST. THOMAS ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 - 5/29/01. LINCOLN TOWN CARS BUILT AT WIXOM ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 3/27/00 - 5/30/01. LINCOLN NAVIGATORS BUILT AT MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 4/11/00 - 5/31/01. FORD WINDSTARS BUILT AT OAKVILLE ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 3/23/00 - 5/30/01. FORD RANGERS BUILT AT TWIN CITIES PLANT FROM 3/28/00 - 5/30/01, AND ALSO AT THE EDISON PLANT FROM 3/13/00 - 5/25/01. FORD F-150 TRUCK BUILT AT NORFOLK PLANT FROM 4/18/00 - 5/25/00; AT ONTARIO PLANT FROM 5/10/00 - 5/28/01; AT KANSAS CITY PLANT FROM 9/11/99 - 5/25/01; AND AT CUAUTITLAN PLANT FROM 5/16/00 - 6/9/01. FORD SUPER DUTY F-250, F-350, F-450, AND F-550 TRUCKS BUILT AT KENTUCKY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 - 5/27/01; AND AT CUAUTITLAN PLANT FROM 5/16/00 - 6/19/01. FORD EXCURSIONS BUILT AT KENTUCKY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 - 10/2/00. FORD EXPEDITIONS BUILT AT MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 4/11/00 - 5/31/01.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT OUTBOARD SEAT BELT BUCKLES AND IF THE BUCKLE FAILS THE INSPECTION PROCESS, IT WILL BE REPLACED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 25, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V227001
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1400000
TIRES:TREAD/BELT
May 22 2001
SHOULD THE TREAD SEPARATE AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS, A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: FORD IS REPLACING ALL FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT 15, 16, AND 17 INCH TIRES MOUNTED ON FORD TRUCKS AND SUVS. FORD REPORTS TREAD SEPARATION CAN OCCUR DUE TO A COMBINATION OF THE SENSITIVITY OF THE TIRE DESIGN TO STRESS, AGING, AND MANUFACTURING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLANTS. FORD IS REPLACING THESE TIRES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: THE VEHICLES LISTED BELOW MAY HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT TIRES OR MAY HAVE HAD WILDERNESS AT TIRES INSTALLED DURING THE FIRESTONE RECALL LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2000. CERTAIN 1991 THROUGHT 2002 FORD EXPLORER CERTAIN 2001 THROUGHT 2002 EXPLORER SPORT, AND SPORT TRAC CERTAIN 1997 THROUGH 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 2001 RANGER CERTAIN 1999 THROUGH 2001 EXPEDITION CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994, AND 1997 MODEL YEAR F-SERIES CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994 BRONCO NOTE: BOTH ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND REPLACEMENT TIRES ARE AFFECTED.
What should you do:
THE REPLACEMENT/REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM FOR THIS CAMPAIGN EXPIRED ON MARCH 31, 2002. HOWEVER, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT FORD AT 1-877-917-3673 OR GO ON-LINE TO WWW.FORD.COM FOR POSSIBLE ASSISTANCE.
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NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01X001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13000000
STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Nov 28 2000
A HOOD FLY-UP WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING OPERATED COULD RESULT IN REDUCED DRIVER VISIBILITY.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES WITH STEEL HOODS AND CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SHEET MOLDING COMPOUND HOODS. A WIRE FORMED HOOD STRIKER COULD BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FATIGUE FRACTURES. IF THE HOOD STRIKER FRACTURES, THE HOOD COULD FLY OPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HOOD STRIKER.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 23, 2001.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V394000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 137700
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