"There are only two things in my 60 years that have never disappointed me, my 33-year old Johnson 9.9 hp outboard and my 20-year old Ford Ranger (2.3L 5-speed 4-cyl RWD XLT 7-foot bed).
What can I say, I love this truck. It's never let me down and just keeps running even after 20 years and 200K miles. I used it to commute to work 60 miles each day for 10 years, taken it up and down mountains, hauled 1000-pound loads of corn, and pulled my 14-foot bass boat to the water and back hundreds of time.
The undercarriage is now pretty rusty, a symptom of long Michigan winters, but the body has no rust whatsoever (I wax it once in the spring and once in the fall). Mechanically, I've simply followed the regular maintenance intervals and have NEVER had to take it in for an unexpected repair. Original clutch (despite 3 kids using it to learn to drive a manual!), original exhaust, a single brake job (pads only). After 20 years and 200K I'm thinking it has to be nearing its life expectancy but it just keeps going.
The only negative thing I can say about the Ranger is how light it is in the rear end so it's not good in snow unless you put on snows and throw a few hundred pounds in the bed.
I cried when Ford discontinued the Ranger, and will do so again when my current Ranger finally gives up the ghost. But when it does I'll buy another used Ranger in a heartbeat."
"Have owned this truck since 1997, and has been awesome! yes at 351K and counting daily. 4 cyl/5spd only mods are replaced seat with a 60/40 cloth seat and helper springs on the rear. often enough hauling over 2000lbs in bed, sometimes plus trailer. Yes it's typical slow 4 banger but has always pulled/towed whatever I throw at it. Not comfortable for long trips though. sorry Ford does not offer the Ranger any longer in the US.Would recommend a Ranger to any one looking for a small truck."
Pros: "price, ease of use, reliable, comfort, design"
Cons: "lame cup holders, fuel economy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It turns on a dime, takes a beating, and goes above and beyond expectations. A diamond in the trucks around those years. The only thing I do not like too much is the poor fuel economy. You can't ask for too much though, it is comfortable, small and easy to drive. I want another after mine is gone, then another after that."
Pros: "Tough Little Truck. Paid it off 15 years ago."
Cons: "Tilt wheel would be nice & power windows."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"At 20 years old ans 148,000.0/10 miles, the truck does not have any rattles or squeaks or wind noise with the windows closed, at 60-70 mph. Upholstery is showing little signs of wear. Dash not cracked. Every thing works! Only repair was waterpump. nothing else has had to be repaired, except tires new at 86,000m and replaced front brake pads at the time the new tires went on.
I thought that this little truck would last 7-10 years or 100,000 miles. Well so much for my negative thinking."
Cons: "gas mileage, extended cab could be a bit bigger"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"this ranger with a 4.0 engine definitely has no lack of power when u want a burst of speed or power just throttle it, its like a mustang engine in a mini truck. so far very reliable and the price i paid for it was unbeatable. bought it for the 4 wheel drive and to haul my 4 wheeler mainly, also use it as a daily driver for a work truck, gas mileage isnt the best with the 4.0 but hey im not complaining i'd rather have the power to do what i need than lack of. overall i rate this truck a 8/10"
Pros: "easy to work on, parts are cheap, and cheap to buy"
Cons: "needs new parts often. Always working on it."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Have the 3.0 2wd 5 speed with 142000 miles. good truck, easy to work on, but even with new shocks and tires rides hard, as expected from a truck. get about 250 miles per tank mostly city driving, 20 gallon tank approximate. I owned all 3 brands compact trucks, all manual, all v6, prefer Ranger over dodge or chevy, still rather have a prius..."