2003 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Mostly happy, but want 3.0 Lit

2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab - Consumer Review

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Mostly happy, but want 3.0 Liter not 4.0
By Bluesideup on


2003 Ford Ranger 4dr SuperCab XLT 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


I'm generally pleased. Gas mileage with the 4 liter is 16.5 to 17.5. Having come from a Toyota 4WD, I'm used to 22mpg, and would have prefered the 3 liter engine. Unfortunately, Ford stopped offering the 3 liter in 4WD. No problems in 8 months, but the heater/AC still smells. Ford's bedliner needs rework on the rear slots for 2x6 partitions. The rear ones are completely enclosed by siderails and stiffener ribs. If the 2x6 is short enough to clear the ribs, it will also fall out. Changing the oil filter is a pain. Bucket seats are great. Upgraded stereo better than expected. No recirc option on the heat/AC. 2002 model.

Best Features

Love the cruise control, 4 doors, fog lights, overall comfort. quality and appearance. (Island blue, Aluminum wheels, bucket seats, XLT)

Worst Features

Hate the windshield wiper controls on the left stalk. Improve the shallow console to hold CD's, and provide a moveable partition. Place the oil filter lower. Enlarge the glove box.
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