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A Ranger named Pokey
By specialtychem on 06/08/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I had a bad problem with the heater blend door when I first purchased my Ranger, but I engineered a repair for it that saved me close to $600 over the dealer charge. That is the good thing about the Ranger: it is fairly easy for a competent shade tree mechanic to work on. The basic vehicle is fairly bullet- proof and simple. The gas mileage is only so-so considering the extremely low level of performance. You time this Ranger with a calendar, not a stopwatch! Other than the lack of power, I have really enjoyed my little Ranger. My son will begin to drive soon and it will make an ideal starter vehicle for him.
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Rockin' Ranger
By mrs. hall on 08/26/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

This is a fun truck! Only been in the shop twice in it's 60K miles (defective thermostat). With good care I expect at least 140K out of this truck. Interior design is very functional, controls easy to reach, seating very comfy. Definately has typical truck- like suspension ( you feel every bump! ) but it's a small price to pay for a great truck!
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1997 Ford Ranger 2 DR XLT SB
By Officer_ndogg on 04/07/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

This is a good truck as long as you don't need a lot of power or room. The 4Cyl engine is weak and provides slow acceleration, though fuel economy is good. If you get the 4Cyl, get the 5- speed or it will be slower than a dump truck. This truck handles very well and rides decent, for a truck. The interior is very cramped, though heardroom shouldn't be a problem. Build quality is not bad, especially for a truck. Towing with the 4Cyl is out of the question. Not a bad truck for the everday commute, but for work duty it wouldn't be very usefull.
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