1993 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SB
I purchased this vehicle as my 1st the summer of last year. The truck itself is truly one of a kind (rare with 4x4, automatic, flare-side & 3.0) and I was really amazed when it popped up at a dealer a mile from home. Initially there were a host of issues but Ford's engineering made the problems easy to fix. The previous owner had installed the rear shoes out of order causing the truck to not have rear brakes or emergency brakes. This also warped the front brakes in the process. Because of these issues I was able to haggle the truck down to 3200$. The brake job cost me 80$ for everything via rockauto and a tune up was another 80$ too. Truck has 220k miles, on org. Eng&trans w/10k on tune/brak
A few of my favorite features include the overall outstanding reliability. The previous owners obviously neglected my ranger in certain aspects causing inevitable issues. After a full fluid flush (differentials, motor oil, tranny,transfer,radiator & brake bleed) along with tune-up (all filters,ignition & throttle body cleaning) the truck gets about 22mpg average with synthetics & motorcraft replacement parts. This truck is used quiet often at my job (church camp) to haul 2-3k loads of garbage through mud. Does a great job when dropped into 4wd low! Interior is very rugged and roomy enough for me although I am 6' 2".
Stock stereo speakers stink, replaced them with pioneers in doors & kickers in the back & can shake all my mirrors with stock head-unit. Splash mirrors look pathetic IMHO. The installation of 07+ mirrors drastically improve the appearance. I'm going to lift & install a 5.0 in it when I reach my $ goal. Why ford never had an option for the 5.0 in the ranger is beyond me. The 3.0 is gutless yet bullet proof. "It's a v6 with the gas milage of a v8 & the power on a i4." Lol but other than that perfect truck. Ford needs to reintroduce a truly affordable, efficient, small (108" wb) truck back into America. Not everybody wants the larger "better" f150.
1993 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB
My Ranger was given to me when I got my license back in 2009 from my grandpa. It only had 211,XXX miles on it. Well now it has 286,675 and still going strong. Have never had a problem, gets me from point A all the way to point Z even. Couldn't have asked for a better first vehicle. The truck may not be the prettiest thing on the road but who cares, its very dependable and gets fairly good gas mileage. Can't really complain with 18-20 around town and 22-26 on the highway. The only serious thing that needed to be replaced was the battery cable which was a cheap and easy fix.
Bought this 1993 Ranger from a friend for only $200 and have put $2,000 into repairs, including a new transmission. The truck runs great and has only a few issues. Gas mileage is OK but not great, and the clutch is pretty hard to depress. Other than that, it is great little truck for moving stuff around and saving on delivery charges. Overall, we are glad we acquired this truck!
Reliable. It is a truck. The 30' skid marks in our grass from pulling out on a wet day are pretty cool.
Cab is SMALL and rear wheels often loose traction in the rain.
Excellent running truck. I'm the 3rd owner of this truck. Currently it has 185,000 miles with just regular maint. I work for nys dot and the truck gets me to work in the worst snowstorms with summer tires. I do agree the fuel mileage does stink 18 mpg.
Bought this truck used fresh out of college with 16,500 miles on it. It now has over 140,000 and I have loved every mile. Not going to win any races but still a lot of fun to drive. Hated to hear Ford was going to discontinue the Ranger! Great truck for 20 somethings! Don't drive it much now that I have a family but get it out as much as I can. Oil, tires, and brakes are all that I have had to replace. Even the interior still looks good. With proper care it should be good for several hundred thousand more miles.