Long-lasting little truck
By edaras on
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
Owned since new, now has 134,000mi. Small knock in engine under warranty, ford replaced at 33000 miles. Have done new clutch & front of trans, brakes (2x), alternator (2x), one front wheel bearing/abs issue, egr valve (2x) & rpm revving issue. Auto door locks just started being sketchy in year 9 of ownership. My center console cracks inward like other reviewers said. Mileage is so-so at 14-18. All that said, from northern Wisconsin to western mountain winters, 4x4 and handling are great. It's a little workhorse under load. Yes, it lugs up some hills (3.0L v6 flex fuel engine). And it lugs small trailers okay. It's done everything I've asked it to for 9+ years.
Auto-mirrors/windows/locks. On the fly 4WD. Jump seats and extra cab space. Bumper hitch tows pretty well. Still looks like a 'current' model vehicle.
More horsepower. Eliminate chucking noises from door jams.