1997 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Don't buy this truck
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1997 Ford Ranger Regular Cab - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

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Don't buy this truck
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Vehicle

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB

Review

Purchased in 99 with 22k miles. While it has never broken down once, the smaller problems are really annoying. Interior lights will not go out. Truck will hardly run on 87 octane so we use 93 always. Has the small 4 banger which has 8 spark plugs, only 4 of which I can get to without removing the intake manifold. Rear suspension design is so poor that a moderate size bump will throw the truck into the other lane. Everyone I know with this truck has these same problems. Now at 104K miles, it needs new front wheel bearings. CD player quit at 35k. I don't understand why Edmunds has this truck in its "Top Ten" list.

Best Features

Styling. Reliable drivetrain.

Worst Features

A recall on the interior light issue. Complete redesign of the rear suspension.
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