"I bought my Ranger XLT flared fender style used with about 45.000 miles on it 9 years ago. The positives have been that Ive had it this long without breaking the bank of any major auto repairs. I feel more safe in it body wise than I do with my Toyota pick up I used to have.
On the negative side, early on, I had a hose leak from the gas tank to the gas intake opening that ended up costing me 320.00 dollars just for the hose alone. Add dropping the tank to get at it etc and it cost me 800 bucks. I wondered for a truck and body style that is still in production, why this part was hard to find and so expensive?
Some of the electronics have bugs in them too,like the cab ceiling light, I have to turn it off because it stays on long after you have shut the door. The speedometer goes out after 15 minutes of driving now and I cant imagine how much that is going to cost to have the sensor replaced. I use the RPM gauge as my speedometer now.
Even after new tires and shocks I felt the ride is not very smooth compared to a Chevy S 10. But I feel the engine is more reliable than a Chevy product. Most of my friends own Fords or Toyotas."
"This truck has a very smooth ride. Very dependable. The 3.0L V6 engine has just the right mix of MPG vs Power. And if it ever does break down the parts are very inexpensive. The only downfall is the oil pan has the frame crossmember right under it so to change the oil pan gasket you have to lift the engine."
"I bought my 5 speed, 4cyl./2.3.l, short bed 1995 Ranger XL from a used car dealer for $1000 about 3-4 years ago. It now reads at over 270,000 miles, though the odometer has almost entirely stopped working.
It has been relatively easy to work on and parts have been easy to come by. Apparently, these trucks have bad FUEL FILLER NECKS almost across the board, which, if you can replace it yourself, is not costly.
This vehicle has gotten me across the country (3,000 miles at a time) four times now and has been great to jet around town in. It drives great light or carrying a load."
"My dad bought our 94 Sport Supercab in 1996 from a Florida Orange Grove Owner. 4x4 fleet truck. now has 97,000 miles . kept mostly in the driveway for emergencies. Needs to be driven more to keep it running better, but that's my fault, not the truck. Seat sits a little low for tall people. But engine runs great. 4.0 v-6 mileage is ok for the size. lots of pull. 4x4 is not a true off road vehicle according to the manual, but I call the truck Billy because it will go anywhere, just like a mountain goat. (Billy Goat! get it?) Money well spent by my dad two weeks before he died from Cancer. He wanted my mom to be able to safely get around in bad weather after he was gone. I would highly recommend Ford Ranger over competitors if you can fit in it. It's not for very heavy or very tall people. For normal size folks who need a small truck instead of a full size, this is the way to go. Mom is thinking of buying a 2011 to replace it just because she wants a new one before she passes on. I think she wants to be able to give it to my son when he gets his license in 11 years! I'm sure a Ranger bought today will be here for him in year 2022. How's that for forward thinking!"