by dalebass3 on Apr 3, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
I bought this truck 2 years ago.
I knew it needed a slave cylinder just didn't realize it was inside the tranny.
So I had a mechanic buddy do it and replace the clutch and rear main seal while he was at it.
Has run great since.
Only problem is the A/C.
It wasn't working when I got it.
Found a big hole in the condenser and then it worked for a couple days but then sprung a new leak in another line with the new found pressure.
This seems to be a pretty common problem.
Engine runs great for its age.
I see a ton of these on the road
by 97rangerlou on Oct 9, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB
I purchased my 1997 Ranger XLT Flareside in 2003 with about 60,000 miles.
5 speed manual.
It now has 198,000 miles.
The only time I had any trouble that prevented me from running was around 120,000 when the alternator went out.
That was an easy repair.
Replaced original clutch two years ago around 175,000 miles.
Instrument cluster lights started going out around 150,000 and are all out now.
I haven't seen a way to get to them besides taking apart the dash.
Door chime issue hasnt' been solved, but I haven't spent time on it.
I believe now the fuel injectors need to be replaced.
by coltay69 on Feb 5, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Regular Cab SB
I bought the truck in june of 2011. It was a decent looking truck , i have put brakes,tires,shocks,fuel pump,sending unit. timing belt,cam shaft seal,cam seal,rear main seal, oil pan seal, valve cover seal, water pump,all dashboard lights,AC asymbaly line, still has leak somewhere in AC, door switch due to inside light stayed on, new battery,new cataylac converter, i have put so many parts on this truck, its cost me over 17,00 in parts alone. Friend did work, when will it end. I know i am forgetting many parts. when is it going to stop, suspension on truck is horrid. front end jumps when hits small anything in road, nothing wrong with it. its the way it was built,now needs window regula
Ford introduces its brand-new five-speed automatic transmission to the 1997 Ford Ranger lineup. Available with the V6 engines, the five-speed automatic is designed to improve the Ranger's acceleration, towing and hill-climbing ability.