"Great truck, though has had rear whine since new, never got worse
25 MPG handles great. Rear access behind seats (extended cab) is difficult. Payload is great, 1700 lbs, no problem
at all. Put air shocks and premium brakes on it, run
synthetic for all moving parts. Uses no oil. Wish I had 2 of them!"
Pros: "cheap and affordable, good motor, nice interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is a great truck, I bought the truck with about 100,00 miles on it and put another 62,000 since(i've owned it for about 5 years). I never had any engine or transmission issues. If you are looking for a first car or just something cheap and reliable I would recommend buying this vehicle."
"This is a great truck! I have driven 4 of these Ford Rangers at my job in stop and go driving for over 17 years. I've had 3 liters and 4 liters V6's. My first 3 trucks all went over 200,000 miles with absolutely no problems. They even had the original exhaust on them yet. I use the 4x4 almost every day going in and out of ditches and fields in snow and mud year around, they get their abuse. They all are on the road yet today. The Ranger I'm driving now is a 2009 with 86,000 miles, no problems yet."
Cons: "Needs some mechanical work as well as cosmetic."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Was bought used in 2004 with 42,000 miles on it. Just now has some mechanical problems. My main problem is front oil gasket and oil pan gasket repairs, naturally needs new tires, but other than this it gets me where I need to go. It is not pretty now, but fixable. I cannot complain for an old gal."
"This was my first truck and it couldn't have been a better vehicle for me. Sure it has it's issues like needing tires frequently and moderately noisy on the highway but I couldn't have asked for a better truck to drive, work on, and rely on for the last 5 years. I've had issues with brakes but that is probably my own fault and the tires maybe a little as well. I put 100k miles on it and loved it. If you are looking for a truck for your son this is it. Especially if he enjoys doing his own work on it. (ie. brakes, oil, alternator, etc.)"
"I bought the Ranger 4x4 new, knowing that I would have to use it for work and would take it off-road often. With that in mind, I only expected to keep it around 5 years. However, 11.5 years later it still runs great and I haven't had sufficient justification to sell it yet.
The truck has required very little repair beyond general maintenance."
"these trucks are hard to beat the motors are reliable as well as solid bodies although there pretty bare bones as far as features the quality of parts they use are very good
260k miles and it still runs near to new im not a mechanic by any means but i replaced my clutch and manual transmission by myself with basic tools and a $75.00 transmission jack in under 8 hrs for $400.00 parts are plentiful and pretty cheap for these trucks"
"Best little truck I have ever had!! My 1997 Ranger got me 300,000 miles and a friend still has her and she now has over 400,000 and still clicking. My friend calls her the little Cream Puff!!!
Can not believe they are discontinuing this truck:("
"new fuel pump $650
after 135000 miles
still going strong....
super chip programmer, gibson exhaust stage 2, air raid intake, truck is strong on performance mode,
gets 18.6 avg on mixed driving on ex-stream fuel economy mode
has done over 22 mpg on hwy trips"