2003 Ford Ranger 4dr SuperCab Edge Plus 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
4.0L, 5-spd. Auto. Trans, A/C, 4WD.
Coming off 2 excellent Toyota trucks,
the Ford is WAY more truck for the
money. Build quality is equal to that
of Toyota and performance, ride, and
ruggedness surpasses Toyota.
Long-term quality is the only question,
but Consumer Reports rates the Ranger
equal to the Tacoma.
Love this truck. Price, performance,
quality, ride - everything. Did switch
truck over to synthetic fluids @750
Quiet ride, power, smooth transmission,
on-the-fly 4WD, excellent A/C (better
than Toyota). Gas mileage is better
than manufacturer specs.
Inside & outside overall looks
(Toyota's better style), but you cannot
have everything. Jump seats in the
back as part of standard package.
2003 Ford Ranger 4dr SuperCab XLT FX4 Level II 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
First small pickup I have ever owned.
Good performance on the highway and on
twisty mountain roads. Have not taken
it off-road. Mine is a 5-speed
manual. Good shifting, smooth clutch
and excellent take-off with the 4.10
rear end. Actually could use a better
fifth gear ratio. 5th is a little too
close to 4th for long highway driving.
Alcoa rims and BF Goodrich tires. The
use of the stainless trim around the
shift and x-fer case stalks
better fuel economy and better 5th
gear overdrive ratio, turns more than
2500 rpms and 65 mph.
This is my 2nd Ranger. I traded in a
1994 with 170,000 miles on it and it
was still running strong. I like the
2003 overall. It rides a little rough
on bumpy pavement as trucks do. I
really like the rear doors. The gas
mileage is 22mpg with a 3.55 Limited
Slip Differential. I've had it for
three weeks and 2700 miles and so far
1. Rear Doors, 4.0l engine,
Other than a smoother ride it's a
great truck and I like it.