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).
The sound system is good. I like the
tie down locations in the bed. Sliding
rear window is a plus.
Put another stake hole in the center
(between the hole behind the cab and
near tail gate). Make a 8 foot bed.
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...
For a RWD with a 4 Cyl it has decent
power and payload...
I've owned mine for just short of five
years now and not a single problem with
it. I've changed the oil every 3K-4K
miles and purchased a soft tonneau
cover shortly after I bought it in
1999. With that, and the K&N airfilter
and just keeping up on normal
maintanence, its never steered me
wrong. I just recently talked to a
2001 owner who has over 120K on his and
he loves his as well...Rangers don't