I loved my Ranger when I bought it. It had under 65,000 miles. It was great to drive and was great off road. The rear doors would rattle a lot even though they were closed very tightly. Only problem is after a week of owning it, I had to take it into the shop already. The rear wheels constantly lock in place. A problem for most owners of the Ranger. It was in the shop at least 3 times for that issue. A few months later it was in the shop again for the transmission. Out of the blue the transmission blew a gasket so I lost third gear. Apparently another common problem.
4x4 is great off road or in the snow. I loved the 4.0L V6, and the interior is very nice for a truck.
Take a look at a new transmission, and look at the design of the rear wheel drums/brake System! Look at ways to stop rattles in rear doors.
Rolled the same vehicle twice. Although I'm still alive to talk about it (the roof is capable of withstanding a rollover), the vehicle is way too light in the rear. Even with sandbags, the vehicle is too prone to losing traction, breaking loose and rolling over while skidding. Although there is plenty of important legroom, the ground clearance and approach/departure angles are great (allowing you to go places with it), the body is too light and there's no weight and traction in the rear end. Ford really needs to redesign the Ranger to overcome those major setbacks.
Decent and quiet engine, OK truck ride and decent steering (does not offset the light and loose rear end though). Good interior.
There has to be a way of designing a truck with both ground clearance and a rear end with traction.
Purchased used with 7500 mi in 2003 for
$7000. Ride is harsh and some bumps
will cause the rear end to jump.
However, I am extremely please with the
gas mileage that has increased from mid-
20's at purchase to 31 mpg at last
fillup. Have owned the truck for 14
months with absolutely no maintenance
problems. Very dependable -- this
summer did a trip from VA to WI and
back with no mechanical problems. The
ranger is the best looking little truck
out there. Will consider another one
in the future.
Great gas milease with the 2.3L four
Get rid of the vinyl bench seat and
replace it with a cloth model that has
a center armrest. Do something about
the axle jumping around on bumps. It
can be scarey, even when expected and
is unwarranted in an otherwise