A Ranger named Pokey
By specialtychem on
1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB
I had a bad problem with the heater
blend door when I first purchased my
Ranger, but I engineered a repair for
it that saved me close to $600 over the
dealer charge. That is the good thing
about the Ranger: it is fairly easy for
a competent shade tree mechanic to work
on. The basic vehicle is fairly bullet-
proof and simple.
The gas mileage is only so-so
considering the extremely low level of
performance. You time this Ranger with
a calendar, not a stopwatch! Other than
the lack of power, I have really
enjoyed my little Ranger. My son will
begin to drive soon and it will make an
ideal starter vehicle for him.
The driver ergonomics are very good.
All controls are within easy reach and
are fairly intuitive. The ride is very
supple and well damped considering the
short wheelbase of the vehicle. The
handling and brakes are more than
acceptable for this class.
The seats on these Rangers are not very
comfortable and have what feels like a
bar that hits at the base of your
spine. Seats like those found in the
Ford Contour would have been a good
choice for this vehicle.