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.
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...