I'm a Toyota man, but purchased the Ranger whenI was tight on cash. I've had the truck almost three years and have had 2 problems. At 13k, a water hose burst. At 55K the inertia switch shorted out. At 71k engine is still running strong, interior is comfortable, all electrical is functioning properly. My biggest criticism is the brakes. I had the original set replaced around 50k and ever since then they have given me problems. I had three new sets put on between 50k-70k and each worse than the set before. The dealership says they need to be "worn in" but after my extended warranty expired, I've taken my chances and dealt with seems to be a cheap design flaw or careless mechanics
I had a "98 4 cylinder manual Ranger before this. It had 135k on it but decided to purchase another Ranger after test driving other brands. This truck drives tight, very GOOD suspension. Nice engine response. Extended cab & CD player. 15" tires are an improvement MPG is around 20-23. A main reason to buy was that my wife said the seats were comfortable to her back (she is picky) & she could view the road well.
Tight suspension & handling. Engine response. Extended cab. CD player. Secure feeling with improved sound-deadening.
Doors stick a little. Tight fit getting into extended cab area. Seat backs need to be pushed back after sliding whole seat forward.
My previous small truck was an '89
Mazda B2200 and I really miss it. At
6'4" I have trouble seeing to my right
at crossroads because of the mirror.
The gas mileage has been awful. The
gas mileage started out around 15 mpg
and is at 13 now that I am running the
air conditioning. The worst thing,
however, has been the bouncing bed. On
any road that has bumps, the rear end
of the truck bounces all over the
road. I took my winter weight and have
been driving it around this spring to
try to keep the rear wheels on the
The space in the area behind the seats
(extended cab) is great. Also, I never
hear road noise (no sliding rear window
The truck needs to be able to seat
three people in the front. Rear
suspension needs to be improved so the
truck doesn't bounce. The gas mileage
has to be improved too.