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1997 Ford Ranger

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97 Ranger 4cyl 5 speed still runs great 143k
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By dalebass3
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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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


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still going
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By artifishal bait
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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it is the best truck i owned and would recommend it to beginner drivers. i own the 5 speed 3.0L 4 cylinder with 176000 miles and it is flippin awesome to drive and drives like a cadilac


Favorite Features

everything


Suggested Improvements

nothing


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Love my Ranger
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By Mark
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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My little 4 cylinder Ranger has moved me from NC to NY and back to NC. Hauled everything from couches (2 at a time) to camping gear to just me with no problems. This pickup is so easy to work with and on that it is a joy to own.


Favorite Features

I don't have a favorite feature, they all compliment each other.


Suggested Improvements

Make spark plugs easier to replace. That was my only problem.


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Great little truck
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By Dave C
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I have 170,000 miles on my Ranger and only had to replace the clutch and water pump. It is a 4 cylinder and I used it to deliver pizza of several years. Great on gas and reliable. I love it!


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4.0 V6 engine idle
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By Fudd
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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Truck has been very good overall. One problem I have had since new is engine idles at 1500 rpm or higher for about 5 minutes until temp. guage comes up to normal operating temp. Took to dealer 2-3 times while in warranty and they refused to correct the problem! Have taken it to independent repair facility and they have not been able to fix it either. All of them say it is sealed up,and no adjustments can be made. Maybe true, but correct component could be replaced to fix the problem. The problem is amplified by the fact I live on a mountain and coming down it at half throttle can be exciting--especially in winter. Hard on brakes too.


Favorite Features

Ride is very comfortable for truck. Handle good.


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