1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - 4.0L ranger review
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1996 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

1996 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab SB

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XL Extended Cab Pickup (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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4.0L ranger review
By Fat Jackson on

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1996 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab SB

Review

When I bought my ranger the transmission was going out at 138000 miles. It was the 4.0L model, and shortly after I had the transmission rebuilt, the water pump went out making the engine over heat. The 4.0L engines apparently have aluminum heads which are notorious for not being able to withstand high temperatures, so both the heads cracked after overheating twice. Buy a subaru, I had an 89 Subaru that overheated all the time and the engine just kept on ticking

Favorite Features

The interior was nice, and the exterior looked good too. Never got stuck.

Suggested Improvements

Stronger transmission More durable heads higher mileage rangers dont seem to be as reliable as other cars
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