26th Mar 2007, 21:42

I bought A used 2000 Ford Ranger XLT with about 65,000 miles on it. It was driving pretty good until I hit about 105,000 miles and the transmission started messing up. My overdrive light started flashing, my speedometer and odometer went out and my ABS light all came on at the same time. I have to drive it in 2nd gear. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who is having the same problems with this truck. I also agree that Ford needs to do something about this problem.

7th Aug 2007, 01:04

I am sorry for all the problems everyone has had, but if you were a ford fan of yesteryear, then you know that the last good trans ford ever built was the c4-c6. After that, they are all junk.. It's a well know fact. Want a 300K miles automatic transmission? Get a 1990's Toyota or Nissan.

14th Aug 2007, 17:01

That clunking noise is a bad damper on the end of the driveshaft where it goes into the transmission. No need to replace the transmission or driveshaft for this. It's a $30 part and takes less than 30 minutes to install.

14th Aug 2007, 17:09

I read one poster was going to buy a GMC. DON'T! GMC makes the worst crap out there. Chevy is a little better, but not much.I'm not a Ford fanatic, but I have owned 3 rangers and they've all been good to me.I've also owned a Chevy truck and a GMC truck and they've left me stranded and empty pocketed. If you're going to buy GMC, go ahead and buy stock in Tylenol while you're at it.

27th Aug 2007, 17:33

My Daughters dad just bought her a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT with 105k on it. When she drives it to College which is about 30 min away she starts to smell the transmission fluid burning. Any suggestions on what this may be. We are open to all suggestions.

7th Sep 2007, 15:04

Wow, lots of interesting stuff. I have a 2001 Ranger Supercab, 105k miles. Great truck, until I drive it at highway speeds for an hour or so. After that, when I stop it's a slug pulling away. Like it's in 3rd gear! I just got it back from Ford today. CAN'T DUPLICATE PROBLEM - $100 Diagnostics Fee. Hmmm, now what? Seems to be worse in HOT temperatures. Last Ford I had that had heat related problems dealing with engine stalling was a bad fuel pump.

As for the guy who's tranny, speedo, and ABS stuff all went out together... that's the ABS sensor in the rear differential. All three of those systems get vehicle speed information from that one sensor. It's a $30 part.

7th Jan 2008, 20:23

I might have everybody beat I have 2000 Ranger That I bought new always maintained by dealer. This truck has been nothing short of a nightmare. the valve body on transmission at 27,000 and Fully blown tranny at 75,000. not to mention blown head gasket at 50,000 and cracked head at 72,000. the tie rod ends and ball joints replaced at 60,000. 4 sets of brakes on front and 3 in the rear. oil sending units as well. 2 serpitine belts. this as well eats tires and only get 12 miles to the gallon. And this is what I remember. No there is nothing nice to say.

29th Jan 2008, 12:56

I bought a 2000 ford ranger xlt with 140,000 it runs good, but once in a while the o/d light flashes on and off. Also the speedometer's needle moves back and forth until it goes to zero and the transmission stalls. What should I do?

29th Apr 2008, 22:10

2001 ford ranger, 3.0 V6... 4x2.

Bought used in 01-02... 10,000 miles on it. I've had it ever since.

Now at 71,000 miles, transmission acting up. I find out tomorrow whats wrong and how much $$ it's costing me : (I had the trans fluid and filter change a year ago next month.

Its been a great truck overall until now.

Oh, the check engine lights been on/off for about 2 yrs. I've not had the money to find out whats wrong with that.

I will say on my 1993 escort, I had NO transmission issues until I had the fluid/filter changed. the escort trans went up a year or so after. Im worried the ranger is following the same fate? : (

26th Jun 2008, 13:03

For the last two comments, if your symptoms are the following for a Ford Ranger.

1. O/D light flashes

2. Truck doesn't shift out of first gear.

3. ABS light constantly on.

4. Speedometer not working.

Your problem could be the ABS speed sensor located on the rear end. This is a $20.00 part and very easy to replace.

30th Jun 2008, 19:07

Wow. I feel lucky. Had my 2000 3.0 V6 2wd M/T super XLT since new. Now has 170k. Took mediocre care of it and yeah, it's not as strong as it used to be but it still runs well.

Replaced the clutch cylinder and the alternator recently, and that's it. Only now is it starting to overheat, so I'll replace the thermo and maybe the oil pressure sender for the heck of it.

It's done well... but I probably won't be buying another Ford.

21st Oct 2008, 18:27

I wouldn't trade my 2000 Ranger for anything. This truck has been through everything imaginable... my dad and I pretty much rebuilt it... The tranny went out at about 100,000...but after everything that it's had done to it (the main couple being an attempt at burning it and being jumped more than a few times), this truck is really reliable and I LOVE it! :)

1st Dec 2008, 20:08

I have a 2001 Ranger XLT 4X4 65000 miles. Today the O/D light started flashing. I hope it's the $20 fix, but I'll be taking it in tomorrow to find out if its worse. I'll be taking it to Dobbs; are they going to tell me the most expensive solution? Could the cold weather affect this?

19th Jan 2009, 23:05

Just bought a used 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 L V6 with 102K miles. Check engine light came on P0306 -- Misfire in cylinder 6. Mechanic tested 4-6 cylinders -- compression test results 75/125/90 4/5/6 order. Could be serious problem. Anyone have similar issues? Does the engine need to be replaced?

25th Jan 2009, 14:18

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x2, it has been to the war and back and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I bought it used with 40,000KM on it, and it now has 206,000KM on it. It has been from the east coast of Canada to the west coast, and back again.

I did have some issues with the front end, and am having problems again. In April of '08 I spent about $1000 on the front end, and I'm getting banging again.

The brakes were replaced a few time... 4-5 actually. All new brake lines were put on January '08.

I was extremely hard on the vehicle when it was under warranty. When the warranty ended I drove it like a little truck should be driven.

As I said, I am having banging in the front end again, (which sucks!!) but I would never get rid of my Ranger. I would definitely buy another one.

The only issue I have with it, when the check engine light comes on, it could be one of a million things!! The last time it came on, I was low on oil!

I just have to get the front end checked again! I just hope it's not going to cost me too much. (My dad is a mechanic and fixes it for me, but I still have to pay for the parts)

But again!! I would definitely buy another Ranger and plan to in the near future! :)