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1997 Ford Ranger

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4.0 V6 engine idle
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By Fudd
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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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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I Love this truck!
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By Mijo
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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB


Review

I (We) bought this truck to replace a
Nissan Wagon that we had. My mother-in-
law had a Ranger pick-up (4 Cyl, SB,
standard Trans) that was a joy to
drive. When we went to get ours, I
opted for a 6 cylinder to haul a
trailer (the 4 Cyl can't handle it). We
got the auto trans for my wife who can
no longer do manual. We got the longest
bed available because I haul a lot of
stuff ( I also work in building supply
and hate short bed pick-ups).


Best Features

The sound system is good. I like the tie down locations in the bed. Sliding rear window is a plus.


Worst Features

Put another stake hole in the center (between the hole behind the cab and near tail gate). Make a 8 foot bed.


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Happy Hi-miler
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By holdenranger
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1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB


Review

This truck has over 200,000 hard
miles on it, and it still runs great. It
never had much power, but it can do
what it is called upon to.


Best Features

Great reliability. Almost no unscheduled service.


Worst Features

Manual tranny's a bit slow-shifting. Exterior manual mirrors are too small.


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Not a bad truck
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By MacRaider4
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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB


Review

The 1997 Ranger isn't a bad truck, just
a little on the small side. If it were
a little bigger in the cab and bed it
would be nice. Had to remove the heat
shield from the muffler as it kept
coming loose and the engine has been
making a rattling noise for about 20k.
But still runs great...


Best Features

For a RWD with a 4 Cyl it has decent power and payload...


Worst Features

Larger interior.


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