I will tell you this is a tough s.o.b! I've always been known as a hard drivin, evil Duke boy kinda guy .I have driven rallied and raced more vehicles to death than i can count .I purchased my 2002 Ranger FX4 right after a very long relationship ended and as usually is the case the ex releived me of my new truck.Being of irish decent and pissed at the world i took ALOT of my issues out on my Ranger.Trees couldnt stop it nor could fences ,huge rocks,mailboxes,garbage cans, stumps, flat bed trailers(both tires up and over like joey chitwood) humps, jumps, holes you name it i bet ive crashed into it ,run it over, or offended it in the last 2yrs and it just keeps going! 90mph in 3rd with the tach pegged dosent even phase my little red bastard.This truck has had my back through a very rough time and never let me down.The little red bastard is family to me now and i'd fight to the death for it.
I bought this Ranger used. I unfortunately totaled the Ranger a few weeks ago. It has a 4.0 L and 5 Spd Standard, Manual 4x4, Electric W/L/M, A/C, Stereo, Map Lights, Cargo Light, Running Lights, Bed Trim, Chrome F/R Bumpers, and a lot of other gizmo's. This was the XLT FX-4, The 4.0 had extreme power, The transmission was solid, as was the 4x4. BUT, there was always something else wrong. 2 Electric Window Control Motors, 2 Heater Cores within, 3 mos. of each other, Several Dash Lights out, Front Wheel Bearings twice, Brakes, Rotors, and Both Emergency brake cables, Clutch Slave Cylinder went out (tranny pull to repair). K&N Air filter, Dual Exhaust, Paint was excellent, The engine and transmission were great. The truck had 148k miles on it, when it was totaled. The 4.0 pulled a trailer good, and hauled my Polaris Ranger, with little problem. I used the truck to drive 60 miles per day to work, and pull my 2 axle trailer, with either a riding mower, or Polaris, on board. Serviced every 3-4k miles since new. Little else to say. If you plan on buying one, be prepared for the electric problems, but up to 148k miles of very dependable 4.0 engine, and 5 spd. tranny. Sweet running pickup!
Very reliable truck I've owned 5 rangers in my lifetime when I grew up my family has owned them dad and grandfather My recent ranger I've owned for over 3 years 2002 4x4 fx4 great truck great in the snow 4x4 works awesome I get poor fuel economy 13 city lucky if I get 17 highway but no need to complain no 4x4 midsize truck will get good fuel economy I have 93000 miles on it besides brakes and replacing the shackle springs which my 93 ranger I had to replace common Problem on all rangers if I ranked my truck I'd give it a solid 9 out of 10
2002 Ford Ranger SuperCab XLT 2dr SuperCab (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
If you are looking for a fast truck, the ranger is definitely not for you. I own an xlt 2wd 3.0 v6 super cab. Surprisingly, this truck has a lot of low end torque. I've pulled a 96 my buddy's 96 Buick Regal across 2 towns 3 times. I also pulled his Dodge Durango home as well. It can also haul 40 bags of mulch, no problem. After the timing belt was replaced, fuel milage was pretty good for a v6, around 22 MPG overall. I've had to replace a water pump, alternator, ball joints, battery, and a fuel filter. But it can do anything when called upon. Drove it to Alabama from NY and back and from NY to Virginia and back. Terrible in the snow, but for the money, its a good, reliable vehicle.
Simple to use radio and climate controls. Easy entry and exit.