I have had my ranger since i was 15 in 2005, it had roughly 120,000 mls on it and the motor look rough. At first i thought i made a 2,000 dollar mistake. I still have that truck now 2015, with over 500,000 mls on it. There aint a price on my old truck.
I bought it used. I knew I would be moving and so were my daughters and I wanted to have a truck. I am so happy I bought it and have more than gotten my money's worth from it. It has 180K miles and still going strong. The only problem I have is that I have grandkids and I can't put them in the back seats because it doesn't have whatever it is that needs to hook up the carseat. I take it on long trips all the time and have never had a problem. I also get really good gas mileage. I have had many different cars in my life(Im 57)but this is my favorite so far. I have to get a smaller car and I'm sad I have to sell it. All the cars I've looked at so far can't compare to this truck.
I don't really have a "favorite". I like almost everything about this truck.
Put the seats in the back facing the front and the piece that you need to put the carseats in them.
Put 110K miles on it over 5 years and never had a problem. Most of the miles were city miles and the clutch wore out at 165K. The mechanic did a compression check and said it could easily go another 50K before an overhaul. There were some off-road and harsh miles in there too. The 4 cylinder was always great on gas (I routinely averaged about 29 mpg) and was adequate to keep up with traffic but would not win a drag race.
Handling - driver is in control at all times, shifting, steel bumpers, limited slip differential was 2wd but still worked great off-road and in snow, heat/AC powerful enough to heat/cool a small house.
Standard rear doors on the extended cab, faster windshield wipers speed.
Bought this truck used in '97 with
41,000 miles on it. So far the only
failure has been a leaking heater
valve, which only cost $15 at the
dealer and took me 30 minutes to
replace. No other mechanical
problems. The truck now has 161,000
and it's still going strong (1/3/03).
The only annoying thing with this truck
is the dome lights staying on for hours
when parked. Also, except for the fuel
gauge, all the lights in the instrument
panel are out. This is not easy to
fix. I'll probably keep this Ranger
until it dies and that could be a long
time from now.
Relatively quiet and comfortable for a
truck. Excellent reliability for a
domestic vehicle. I'll probably keep
this Ranger until it dies and that
could be a long time from now.
The engine could be a bit more
refined. It's too noisy when pressed