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By Ranger
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1998 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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After reading the reviews on this site, I realized that my Ranger has had just about every problem in the book. It now has 145,000 miles and a list of parts I replaced in the few years I've owned it, including fuel pump, spark plugs and coil, cam sensor, 2 alternators, and more that I can't even remember. It takes a quart of oil every 1000 miles, which is tolerable. Never had any clutch problems. Power windows work sometimes, interior light stays on when doors are closed, and "Door Ajar" light will stay on for a while. A/C pump starts randomly and squeaks. Ball joints go bad a lot. Noisiest power steering pump I've ever heard, even after replacing it with a new one. Power could be better.


Best Features

Factory CD/Keyless entry/Theft alarm/Cruise Control/Power Windows/Power Mirrors, handles good for a truck, great brakes, 5-speed tranny, shiny paint even after 145000 miles, good 4-wheel drive


Worst Features

Uses too much gas for an engine that doesn't have that much power and for a truck of its size. Was terrible in the snow in 2WD until I installed a used limited-slip differential, made a HUGE improvement, 2-door extended cab makes it impossible to get a person into the back seats or anything else


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It's aight
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By Andrew
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1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB


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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.


Best Features

it's kinda plain, nothing too special.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy.


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98 Ranger XLT 2.5L 5 spd
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By M.E. Meyers
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1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB


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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


Best Features

Reliability, durability of materials and components, gas mileage


Worst Features

a little more power would be nice; less bouncy ride; quieter steering pump and rack


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By D man
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1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


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I bought my 98 ranger in 2000 with 42000 miles now I have 150000 on it. It has worked great even though i put it through h***. Not much to complain about expect the 4x4. For the past 4 years I have had to put new 4 wheel drive hubs in. Not a cheap fix. Wish it had a more reliable 4x4 system. Overall a nice truck


Best Features

The ability to haul just about everything I need to haul. Has a pretty good payload


Worst Features

A new 4x4 system would be nice. Maybe something with manual locking hubs.


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11 Years & Still Going Great
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By decajun45
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1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB


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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.


Best Features

The damn thing works great. Only 1 problem besides normal wear & tear. This is a very reliable small truck.


Worst Features

Make it more comfortable to ride in on long trips. I had to change a flat on it once and had a hell of a time getting the jack set up and lifting the truck off the ground. It has to have the worst jacking system I have ever seen.


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