I bought my '98 Ranger XLT used in 2002 with 55,000 miles on it at the time. Eight years late and 100,000 miles later, I have had very few problems. I've had to replace some belts and tend to general wear and tear issues, but nothing catastrophic. I average about 19.5 miles per gallon with 80% freeway driving. I always tell people I've had great luck with my ford, but then I knock on wood for good luck. *knock knock*
Reliability, decent mileage and longevity.
Even better mileage would be great. My transmission sometimes sticks between gears, but if I take my foot off the gas for a second, it jumps back into place.
Best way to rate this "Fixed Or Repaired Daily" truck is to list the problems: knocking-pinging on hot days going up hills, steering rack assembly (warranty), steering gear ($500), alternator ($250), instrument panel lights ($50), right side HEAD ($1,800), heater diverter valve ($75), leak through third taillight ($75), arm rest (haven't bothered to fix yet) -- all in less than 90,000 miles. Latest problem - potential bad lifter.
This truck has been reliable regarding starting and running for the most part. Fuel economy for a V6 4.0 has been OK (20 mpg highway). My favorite feature is the Line-X liner that was installed aftermarket.
This is what I actually have, but
Edmunds.com doesn't have it as a
choice. lol. Oh well. I have a 98 Ford
Ranger XLT, 4Dr Extended Cab, 4.0L V6,
Automatic Transmission. 2wd.(i wish it
was 4x4). This is a great truck, and if
you can get the 4.0L V6 I would
DEFINITELY recommend it.This truck is
extremely reliable, and I've not had
nay MAJOR problems since it was bought.
Just regualar Maintenance.
The engine. The exterior design. FORD
4 Wheel Drive. Dual Exhaust, or
something to get some better gas
mileage. This truck the same gas
mileage as the new F-150 V8's!
Great truck. Mine's only a
2WD/4cyl/5speed, but it's taken me thru
4 Colorado winters. Great for light
hauling around town and helping friends
move. I use 85octane gas and get an
average of 25mpg. If I put 87octane, I
can usually squeeze out 1-2 more mpg.
I'm at about 98k miles now. No major
work has been needed. Regular LOF
changes, brakes every 30k, tires at 45k
and 90k (prolly my fault for the tires).
I replaced shocks, fuel filter and had
tune-up at 92k miles. Only annoying
thing was the cab light would stay on
during the summer after the driver's
door was shut. Ended up unplugging the
cable in the door.
The fact that it's taken me to hell and
back and still runs! :-)
I haven't heard lately, but the cab
light issue was a problem (or so I read)
that Ford refused to recognize. It's a
common rant on Ranger messages boards.
I don't know if the problem exists in
newer models, but it is really annoying
in my truck...which is why I just