1997 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: expect problems

1997 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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XL Extended Cab Pickup (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By brandonm on


1997 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab SB


the ranger is an attractive pick-up that means well, it just had horrible engineers. i've only put on 20,000 miles on mine in the last 3 years (52,000-72,000) and can't believe the problems i've had. i've been stranded, oil changes bring a list of things that need to be fixed, and new electrical problems almost regularly. fuel-pump died on a road-trip leaving my wife and me stranded. after returning home the check engine light came on again and the canister also had to be replaced. not cheap. had to replace all ball- joints, another $700. this shouldn't be happening on a truck with 70,000 miles on it. i'll never buy a ford again because of my experience with this truck.

Best Features

ride is very comfortable, even on long road trips, but long road trips are not recommended because something is sure to go wrong. acceleration is adequate with the 3.0 V6... its not astounding though, its a truck. gas mileage is marginal at best. this is no econo-truck.

Worst Features

fix the electrical problems: dome light that won't go off (everybody reports this). windshield washer sometimes won't work, sometimes will. heater sometimes stays on cold if you turn it from coldest to warm. this is the most temperamental vehicle i've ever known!
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