Replaced a '94 4.0L Ranger with 175,000 miles on it with this one purchased used from a dealership a year ago. This one has the same excellent build quality as the '94, and the 4.0L engine power is much improved. I would not own one without the 4.0L engine. Mileage was a surprise, easily averaging 22/23 mpg on trips and 17 in town. The rear doors creaked over bumps, but a simple single wrap of electrical tape over the hinge connection points eliminated that.
Good air conditioning, control convenience.
A little more thigh support in the seats would be helpful.
Had the truck two years so far. No problems. It's an everyday driver, minimal issues "mysterious knock when in reverse". Everyone likes the looks and I like to drive it. Very comfy inside. I am a big guy and have no problems. I have even slept in the truck a couple of times, but don't try to climb behind the seats. My only regret with this truck is that i did not buy the 4x4. I would not use the 4x4 much, but it is nice to have when you need it. This truck in much bigger than the old Rangers. You sit high, nice clearance, good handling, great acceleration, but you do feel pot holes and speed bump. If you buy this truck you will like it.
Looks good, drives nice, pretty comfy, good sound system, no problems.
Take that darn spring out of the seat adjuster. Make the extended cab easier to get into.
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.
This vehicle has plenty of power (210 hp) and reasonable fuel economy. It rides smoothly like a car down smooth roads. The stiff suspension makes the bumps felt however and if you hit a pot hole, you are reminded that you are in a truck. It has pulled heavy trailers without making a noticeable difference in the acceleration and performance on the interstate highways, even in mountainous terrain. The only thing which has gone wrong with my truck in the 18 months I've had it is the CD player/ radio, which my dealership replaced for free.
Appearance, ride, economy, price, reliability.
Hybrid version should come out, longer bed (7 foot, possibly 8 foot) with extended cab.
This is my second Ranger. I had 2000
(4.0L) I leased for 2 years and it had
a couple of minor warranty issues.
This one has the 3.0L and while not as
powerful, it seems to be a more refined
engine. I bought it because I get X-
Plan plus the other incentives were
great. Ended up getting it for $3500
below invoice. That makes it tough to
beat. It is a good looking truck and
it rides nice. Gas mileage could be
better. However, I have had the vehicle
at the dealer 5 times for rattles; all
came from front-end or suspension
problems. It still has rattles and
given the fact that I never take the
vehicle off paved roads this seems
4-door cab; exterior design; overall
features features for the money
Offer it with 4 real doors without having
to go up to Explorer SportTrac; improve
build quailty; better warranty