1996 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Treating me good
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1996 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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

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Treating me good
By Ray_Scheel on

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1996 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB

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Original owner, 4.0 V6 manual extended cab. Easy to work on, gas mileage is good, and has hauled in some bigger loads than one might expect for its size. Roomy enough for me (6'3"). Things I've had to repair, in order: The O2 sensor, under warranty, <5000 miles. Starter relay ($9) flaked out at 70K. Throwout bearing (manual) at around 90K miles, garage charged $300 for that and a clutch replacement. Driveshaft carrier bearing disintegrated at about 120K miles, $30 part. Gas pedal mounting bolts/rivets (<$1) fell out at 140K. Front brakes at around 160K miles, in the $30-$60 range. At 174K miles the ignition switch shorted and the truck was trying to start without a key, $20 part.

Best Features

The A/C has yet to meet a Texas summer it can't handle and has NEVER needed a recharge. Spaces behind the jump seats are handy storage spots. Headlights have excellent coverage. Interior has stayed looking good despite poor cleaning habits.

Worst Features

The included jack just doesn't cut it. The hook for hanging clothes should be moved further behind the driver's seat so they don't block the rear view.
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