"It is time to sell our truck! It needs about $1,000 of work. The driver's door will not shut tight (needs door hinges), slight exhaust leak, cracked windshield. New motor at 95,000 miles. Good Transmission."
Pros: "Fun to drive, great visibility while backing up."
Cons: "has old fashioned cassette player."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this vehicle in 1993 and only have slightly over 90,000 miles on it. I have driven it mostly to work (about 1 mile away). I have only taken it out of town on average once or twice a year. Only once had a major problem on the highway but was repaired to normal. This has been a fantastic pickup truck only a little slow going uphill an some major hills."
"My little Ford Ranger never gave me any issues dealing with mechanical or electrical. To be honest, the truck did the job any pickup owner is looking for: Got you from point A to point B, was reliable with starting/running, can haul what you needed when you needed it, and was easy to maintain. If you don't mind it not being "Flashy", I would recommend this truck any day. Especially for a first vehicle for your kid."
"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."