"I bought a '94 xlt back in 2002... NEVER had a lick of trouble out of it... Put on some 32" tires and lifted it... even with 3.45 gears it still pulled them... Other than that, (aside of it having 124,000 when I traded it) it was an awesome rig when I got it done...
Recently in 2007 I bought another ranger (man I love these trucks)... It had 14 miles on it... except this time this one has the tires I want, 4.10 gearing and 4.0L engine... By far the best powertrain in these little trucks... Now it's sitting on 25,000 miles and still ticks along...
If you want a small truck with the brawn of a larger truck the ranger with the 4.0L is the way to go... But the 2.3 too isn't anything to be snuffing... they too hold their own"
"For the average person, the Ranger regular cab is all the truck they need. It's big snough for what most people use a truck for and small enough to get excellent mileage (27mpg Hwy). You can't go wrong with an engine like the 2.3L 4 cyl, after all Ford has been making it for almost 40 years. As far as ride goes, it's more comfortable than most cars and the suspension is tuff enough to handle most any terain. My truck is now 4 years old, but, too date, it's never had an issue in any way. If I live long enough to wear this one out and Ford still makes them, I'll buy another."
"I was accepted to the plumbers apprenticeship program in 2006 and needed to upgrade my vehicle from the wreck I was driving.
I had little money and couldn't afford a high payment so I was looking for a used truck, as I researched I ran accross an ad for brand new Rangers with a $3000 rebate. With some haggling I purchased a brand new vehicle for a little over $10,000! You can't beat that price for what you get.
I am a big guy and even I can fit in this truck and drive it. Although it isn't the most comfortable vehicle I have driven it is really dependable and never fails to fire right up when I turn the key.
You can't go wrong with a Ranger, just look around and you will see thousands of them on the road that are 10 years old and still going strong.
If you need a solid work truck but can't afford the full size model, this is definitely the truck for you."