by 97rangerlou on Oct 9, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger
I purchased my 1997 Ranger XLT Flareside in 2003 with about 60,000 miles.
5 speed manual.
It now has 198,000 miles.
The only time I had any trouble that prevented me from running was around 120,000 when the alternator went out.
That was an easy repair.
Replaced original clutch two years ago around 175,000 miles.
Instrument cluster lights started going out around 150,000 and are all out now.
I haven't seen a way to get to them besides taking apart the dash.
Door chime issue hasnt' been solved, but I haven't spent time on it.
I believe now the fuel injectors need to be replaced.
by coltay69 on Feb 5, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger
I bought the truck in june of 2011. It was a decent looking truck , i have put brakes,tires,shocks,fuel pump,sending unit. timing belt,cam shaft seal,cam seal,rear main seal, oil pan seal, valve cover seal, water pump,all dashboard lights,AC asymbaly line, still has leak somewhere in AC, door switch due to inside light stayed on, new battery,new cataylac converter, i have put so many parts on this truck, its cost me over 17,00 in parts alone. Friend did work, when will it end. I know i am forgetting many parts. when is it going to stop, suspension on truck is horrid. front end jumps when hits small anything in road, nothing wrong with it. its the way it was built,now needs window regula
by mapplema on Nov 1, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger
I purchased my 97 Ranger in 2004 with 75,000 miles, in 2011 it now has 145,000. The clutch needed replaced when we bought it, also had the slave plate fixed in 2009. Those were the 2 biggest expenses. Being in Ohio, rust has been my only enemy. I've replaced rusted broken parts as needed, and this thing still runs like a champ. You will be in the shop 2-3 times a year as it gets older, but they're not expensive trips. Gas mileage is excellent around 23-24 with mostly city driving.
I bought this truck in 2001 with 60K on it.
It was an excellent, excellent truck.
I replaced the alternator around 100K and did normal maintenence on it other than that.
It started up every time, fun to drive (although the rear-wheel drive could be a little tricky if the roads were slick), used and abused it.
The light bulbs behind the display went out slowly over the years--no big deal.
I loaded all kinds of things in this truck over the years.
It got great gas mileage.
I had owned it for 10 years and put 90K on it when I was rear-ended and the truck was totalled.
It could have been a much more serious accident, but the solid construction of this little truck saved me.
by Daniel on Feb 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger
I purchased my truck when I was 16 for 2000 dollers with 120,000 miles. Since then i've put another 90000 miles on it for a total of 210,000 miles with no major hitchs. The truck is quite peppy out of the hole but lacks top end power. I've had mine up to 110 on a long downhill stretch. Back end is a little light which makes it fun to slide around but scary when over driving a corner.My ranger is two wheel drive and will get stuck in grass if it is wet. This truck needs a limited slip deferential to counter this problem. Cabin of truck is spacious if you are under 6 foot tall. Over all if you are looking for a nice reliable truck this is it. 13 years, 210,000 miles later, and no rust.
The 1998 Ford Ranger gets new sheet metal, a new grille and revised headlamps. The wheelbase on regular cab models has been stretched to provide more cabin room and the displacement of the base engine has been increased. A short- and long-arm (SLA) suspension replaces the Twin-I-Beam suspension found on last year's models. A four-door Ranger join the lineup midyear.