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I'm going to miss ol' Blue
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By Philip Nolan
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1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


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The Ranger is one the best vehicles I have ever owned. We are keeping it for our 13 year old to take over when he's 16. He can't wait! Other than usual maintenance and changing tires, nothing major has gone wrong. My father-in-law borrows it all the time for anything he has to haul. The 4 liter engine has great acceleration in city traffic. I would recommend a Ranger to anyone in the market for a mid-sized truck.


Best Features

Four high on the fly. The first 2 years I owned this truck I lived in Idaho, and this feature saved my bacon a few times.


Worst Features

I know it's a truck and that mine is four-wheel drive, but it would be nice if the ride were a little smoother. On some paved roads I felt every seam and bump.


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Great little truck
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By Dave C
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1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab 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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Keeps on rolling
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By BlackStackin'
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1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I had my Ranger for 5 1/2 years. Only
minor problems such as egr sensors,
vacuum lines, and replacing the hubs.
Have 112000 miles on and for the most
part the truck is reliable. I squeeze
out any where from 18 to 20 mpg on
consistent basis. My only complaints
about it are: rides like a lumber
truck, engine is breathless at highway
speed, seats are terribly
uncomfortable, autolocking hubs are a
joke-replaced mine with manuals, and
the brakes are really grabby when there
is a lot of moisture in the air. The
paint has stood up to time and use very
well and overall I think the Ranger is
a entry level vehicle for young buyers
who are looking for a reliable
vehicle.


Best Features

Nothing real particular except the light up cruise buttons and I like the dash layout. The HVAC system is awesome! A/C freezes you out, which I like.


Worst Features

Ranger needs to be a little bigger and with more power. Ford needs to completly redesign, re-engineer the Ranger. Nothing has really changed between '97 and '04 except for minor body work, powerplant, interior, and suspension upgrades.


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4.0 V6 engine idle
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By Fudd
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1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab 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.


Best Features

Ride is very comfortable for truck. Handle good.


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ranger
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By KFRASER
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1997 Ford Ranger Extended Cab XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


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I love this truck.


Best Features

The speakers. The bass, it is amazing.


Worst Features

To get power windows and locks.


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