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Best Truck Ford Produced!
By nbrookshire on 02/06/13 16:19 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought this truck Brand New in 1998 with 3 miles on the truck. I have wrecked the truck 12 times, flipped it twice and it has over 600k miles on it and still runs strong. I have repaired the truck each time it has been wrecked. When Ford says Built TOUGH they mean it. My little ranger is Built Tough. I have an extra engine in my basement if ever needed. I would not trade , sell, or EVEN GIVE away my little ranger. I LOVE my little truck. This little truck gets GREAT gas mileage as well. The only mechanical issue I have had is replacing the Clutch. I go through clutches quickly. But overall Best truck Ford Made!!!
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It's aight
By Andrew on 12/23/09 15:58 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB

Review

I bought my Ranger from my Uncle who kept it in top shape. I have had it a little over a year now and it has 71,000 miles on it. My biggest complaint has to be the traction, this thing spins on spit. Mechanically the only issue's that I am having is the idle air control needed to be replaced $90.00, easy do it yourself though. My a/c pump engages all the time, even when the a/c and defrosters aren't on. Don't know what that issue is, never bothered me enough to have it checked out.
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98 Ranger XLT 2.5L 5 spd
By M.E. Meyers on 12/10/09 14:49 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

Bought truck new in 1998 for $10k. It has been - by far- the best vehicle I have ever owned. Extremely reliable. Power is adequate with the 5spd manual and fuel economy is never below 23 mpg and can be 28 with care. Light rear end means no traction in wet/snow. But it does great donuts in the snow!! A/C still blows cold after 11 years and my original clutch still feels fine with 180k miles. Considering what I paid, I cannot ask for anything more. Great little truck. Last of the "light weights" Its peers have grown to be bloated and thirsty - hope that does not happen to the next-gen Ranger, but it probably will
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11 Years & Still Going Great
By decajun45 on 07/21/09 20:05 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I bought this truck used when it was about 6 months old. I got to say I really like it. While not the most comfortable or most stylish vehicle, the thing works great. I have over 135,000 miles on it and have not had a single problem besides normal wear & tear and 1 leak in the roof started last year (which I still haven't fixed - lazy me). The power is decent. I have no problem getting up to 65 mph when I get on the highway. It's not very comfortable to ride in on long trips, but hey it's a small pick up, not a Mercedes.
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great truck
By midwest ranger on 07/02/09 10:05 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB

Review

This is a great truck! I've had this truck for 11 years. I've moved myself and family members ( mother, brother, daughter, etc.) 15 xs. That 3.0L engine has never let me down. And I average 22 mpg with an auto tranny and 3.45 axle.
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Cool little truck but mine gets problems
By Ranger Danger on 09/15/08 01:18 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

From what everybody says on here, they love their Ranger and theirs is reliable. Mine on the other hand is already on its third clutch and I baby this truck like no other. My idle valve control keeps messing up and i'm on my fifth one already thats starting to fail(revs when I come to a complete stop). My back window leaks when it rains, engine idles rough sometimes, suspension squeaks loudly but its probably normal for it having 140,000 miles. I'm the second owner and the previous owner (which was my good neighbor so I saw the truck first day they purchased it.) They babied it as much as I did so I must have gotten a lemon from the factory but it wasn't always like this.
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1998 Ranger
By Ron on 05/17/08 08:01 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB

Review

I bought this truck new in 1998 and put 150,000 miles on it over the first 5 years. Overall the truck has been quite reliable. The two problem areas have been the interior light staying on and multiple issues with the air conditioning. Other than that the vehicle has never left me stranded. In fact, I have a 4 cylinder/5 speed stick and have never even replaced any part of the drivetrain in cluding the clutch. The truck currently has over 175,000 miles and continues to run like new.
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It is a truck, not a car
By bob on 05/06/08 10:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB

Review

If you want a reasonably decent small truck for hauling stuff around, the Ranger is a good choice. If you want a passenger car, buy one of those instead of a truck. BTW, the 3 liter engine is plenty powerful enough.
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Great truck for price
By superswitchks on 02/03/08 22:35 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

The 2.5L motor provides great gas mileage and a decent amount of power when you need it. If you keep your right foot out of the firewall you can easily achieve 25+ mpg on the highway. However if you plan on using all 120hp plan on getting less than 17 in the city. But the handling of the truck is good for a truck; you can sling the rear around if needed, or stick the front for some decent corning out of a truck.
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Good old reliable truck
By AZSoonerfan on 01/19/08 13:50 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Ranger Regular Cab XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB

Review

I have owed this truck for 8 years now. I have not had any major issues with the truck. My only issues with the truck are that the interior light will sometimes say on after the driver door is closed and the brakes are a little weak. Other than that, the truck has been great. I would recommend the truck to any of my friends.
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