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#832 of 1143 2001 Ranger EDGE. Reg. Cab. Questions.
Mar 08, 2002 (3:55 pm)
I've just rolled over 18,000 km's and have nothing to complain about. The only thing that I think could be better is the gas mileage. But It actually isn't that bad. I put an average of 100 kms on it a day and I've yet to have a problem. I had a crack in my fog light and I had it fixed under warranty, eventhough I had to go to 2 different dealers. That light would have cost $120.00 dollars to replace! The engine runs great and I love driving it. Does anyone know where I can sell my factory bed rails because I purchased a bed cap and have no use for them? The dealer won't buy them back. Has anyone heard that Ford replaced the 2001 3.0 litre V-6 with an upgrade on the 2002's? Does anyone have any suggestions on what to watch for mechanically? This is the second Ranger I have owned, and I honestly think for the money you spend, they are the best value out there. I realize that everyone hasn't had the same expieriance, but excluding minor flaws that all trucks have, I haven't had any problems with these trucks!! My last truck was a 94 4 banger, and I sold it with 175,000 km's on it. It still had the original clutch and never had anything repaired on it other than a couple of sensors!
Anyways, any feedback would be appreciated.
#833 of 1143 Jake..Ranger Edge
Mar 10, 2002 (8:47 am)
Good luck on your truck. I own a 2000 4x4 with 4.0 and 5 speed auto.
IF you own an automatic, change the fluid WITH THE PROPER FORD SPECS at 30 000 miles AND it is VERY important, to prevent klunks and vibration, to grease the extension shaft spline of the drive shaft (where the rubber boot is located) perhaps once a year or so. If you have the 3.0 V6 and it DOES NOT ping, you are very fortunate, as most of them start to get noisy. This can be cured by using higher octane fuel, orinjector cleaner, or both.
Also, periodically make sure the front end is aligned properly; Rangers can eat the outside of your front tires off pretty quickly. Mobil 1 which I use has given me about .5 mpg, but of course at extra expense. I think the Mobil 1 is worth it if you drive in cold weather a lot, as it possesses reduced friction at lower temps than regular petro-based oils. Good luck.
#834 of 1143 3.0l was revised for 2002
Mar 10, 2002 (10:37 am)
Jake, I am like you, 1993 regular cab with 138,000 miles (220,800km) on it. Alignment has never needed adjusting, and I get no problems with tire wear. Of course, I don't drive my truck like a race car either. And I definitely agree that the Ranger is the best truck for the money.
#835 of 1143 Thanks for the info!!!!!!!!!! frey44 & midnight stang.
Mar 11, 2002 (11:52 am)
Hello. Thanks for the information. I have a 5-speed manual tranny. I don't really like automatics, but if I'm not correct, the 4.0 litre extended cab doesn't come with a 5-speed manual. My engine doesn't ping. I don't use my truck for heavy hauling or towing. Do you know normally if this problem would show up sooner or later with a new engine? My roommate has a F-150 4x4 with the Triton V-8 and it pings. It has about 22,000 kms on it. I'm already aware of the drive train problems. Even with my 94 Ranger I made sure to have all my major components either greased or inspected once a year. I've just purchased a K & N air filter for my truck and I do notice a difference with acceleration, especially going up hills. I don't think it's had a significant effect on my gas mileage though. Also regarding the alignment, do you use your truck for offroading or do you remember hitting any potholes? That could have caused the problem with alignment. I honestly never had to do the alignment on my old truck. I didn't even have power steering on it, and I never had abnormal tire wear.
#836 of 1143 it does now......
Mar 11, 2002 (2:25 pm)
4.0 with manual for '02. quite rare. mostly fx4's. and they are junk, so to speak.
#837 of 1143 2001 Ranger Edge 3.0 litre Rear Engine Seal.
Mar 18, 2002 (9:02 am)
I just had my oil changed at around 19,435km. While the service technician did a multi-point visual inspection he noticed "sweat" at the rear engine seal. Does anyone know if this is potenially a serious problem? Should I try and get it serviced under warranty? The technician said it was common and it wasn't a serious problem. Eventhough the seal is still holding now, eventually it will begin to leak. Will this problem lead to the seal leaking prematurley?
#838 of 1143 RE Post #827..Rear engine seal
Mar 19, 2002 (9:02 am)
I would have it looked into and make sure you have it documented, so that if it ever gives out at least that it was noticed and written up. But to be safe talk to the service manager and get his opinion and have him document it as well.
#839 of 1143 '99 Ranger mileage
Mar 24, 2002 (1:37 pm)
I only get 13-14 mpg on my '99 Ranger 4x4, 3.0L.4spd. auto, 4.10 axle ratio, in cooler weather, city driving!
However, I am ecstatic about the 25mpg hwy. during warm weather months and 16 mpg city! It is, after all, a truck! I also have that weird nasty smell from the heater/AC unit! I thought that maybe a mouse or something crawled in the dash and died!
#840 of 1143 Ranger Cabin Fan Noise
Mar 25, 2002 (7:46 am)
I have a 2000 XLT 4.0L with 22k miles. It's been a great truck in every way so far. The other day when I turned the vent on, which activates the cab cooling fan, I noticed a clicking sound, as if a piece of paper was stuck in the blades of the fan, or the fan was contacting something. I operated all the climate control functions, A/C thru heat and defrost, and as long as the fan was on, it made this noise. Increasing fan speed increased the noise. After turning the engine off and starting it a few hours later, the noise was gone. I was wondering if anyone had had and similar experiences. It was a one time event, just curious if I should keep an eye on anything. Thanks.
#841 of 1143 COCHISE. 13 MPG perfectly normal.
Mar 25, 2002 (11:08 am)
For a nearly 4000 lb. 4x4 truck, with 4.11 and auto in cold weather. You can't expect much better than that. The tranny is eating a HUGE amount of energy just to churn that cold fluid.