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1997 Ford Ranger

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'97 Ford Ranger
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By Sonny
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1997 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


Review

150,000 miles plus! Engine going great, body stays in superb shape. Fun to drive and still looks great. Folks confuse it with a newer truck all the time. Great light duty truck.


Best Features

Fantastic sound system. Nice V-6 to haul surprisingly heavy loads. Great body, the truck still looks sharp.


Worst Features

Wheel bearings! I have replaced these numerous times. Other than that, this is a fun truck.


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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 XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


Review

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 XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


Review

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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Good Litttle Truck
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By loneranger
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1997 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


Review

129,000 on my Ranger to date. Other
than basic maintenance items, the truck
has been maintenance free. 2wd is
horrible in snow as I anticipated even
with 200 lbs of sand in bed. Gas
mileage is a respectable 26mpg with the
4 cylinder engine. The truck is solid -
no rattles or squeaks.


Best Features

A great little truck for the homeowner. Just big enough for that trip to the garden center or salvage yard.


Worst Features

A full 4-door version of this truck would be welcome.


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