2001 Ford Ranger Edge 4.0 from North America


This truck needs to have better quality parts


Check engine light came on 3 times.

Heater fan makes a loud noise often.

Water pump bearing is making a noise.

Seals in front axle sounds like rubber rubbing.

General Comments:

Ford should be able to make a vehicle that will run more than 42500 miles before it starts to have trouble. The customer service department would only say it is out of warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

26th Feb 2005, 21:19

My Ranger has chatter problem in the steering system.

At first I thought it was caused by faulty breaks.

The mechanic at the brake place told me, "there was nothing wrong with the brakes and the chatter problem was caused by air in the steering system." I will now try to follow his advise and work the steering back and forth while parked with the engine running, in order to work the air out of the system. Has anyone out there had this problem?

PS: My Ranger gets poor gas mileage. Any comments?

18th Mar 2005, 11:12

I bought my ranger edge two years ago and have had fairly good luck. Though The brake cylinders have been replaced three times in two years for excessive oil leaking. After 32,000 miles, the entire rack and pinion was replaced. And the passenger side wheel bearings have had to be redone twice... all of it was covered under warranty.

Now that my ext. warranty has run out I am a little nervous, also the gas mileage is HORRIBLE. Also it handles very poorly in inclement weather. Something I have also recently become aware of is the poor value retention of this vehicle... causing me to become upside down in payment to value.

Over all it has been reliable (with 300lbs. of sand bags in the back for winter).

2001 Ford Ranger XLT Super 4.0 from North America


A bundle of problems


My rear drive shaft went bad at about 20,000 miles.

Various transmission problems.

Emission sensor went bad.

Ball joints went in the front.

Annoying vibration in steering column that "couldn't be found"

Gas mileage is OK, 15 city, 18 highway.

General Comments:

The truck has a comfortable interior and has plenty of good features, but I have had nothing, but problems with since the day I bought it.

Will not buy another Ford Ranger.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

30th Jul 2004, 04:39

Got a 2003 ford ranger. same probs with viberating. tires replaced. no change. ford can't fix it.

2001 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 from North America


An anemic, mediocre truck


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

The truck in question is my father's, but I've driven in quite a bit myself. I must say it's a fairly mediocre truck. It has what may be the most sluggish performance of any vehicle I've ever driven before. The engine roars like the devil, and the speedometer inches up rather slowly, creating an underwhelming impression. On hills this truck is useless, and if there is any payload in the bed one would be better off pushing the truck. Whomever had the bright idea of putting a 3 liter engine in this heavy truck should be flipping burgers rather than engineering vehicles.

The transmission is a typical Ford creation. It violently clunks when downshifting, and does not give one the impression that it was designed to outlast the warranty by much.

The ride is harsh, and one can feel every bump and hole in the road, going through dips or speed bumps will throw driver and passengers around in the cab.

This truck is reliable, but that is about it, otherwise it is very little truck for what one pays for it, and it seems to have finally weened my father from Ford permanently, and he swears up and down that he'll buy a Toyota next time. Toyota should congratulate Ford on sending them so much business over the years. As for myself, I once owned a Ford years ago, and my opinion is that they are fine used cars, since the lemons and second-rate models have been weeded out, but under no circumstances would I buy a new Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2004

19th Apr 2004, 13:44

If your cheap dad had spent a few extra bucks he could have had the same truck with a 4.0L V6 in it instead of the 3.0L dog. That's 207hp vs. 150hp. Those engineers that you insult were merely trying to produce a truck that cheapskates like your father would consider buying. For those of us that need a real truck, they made the 4.0.