2004 Ford Ranger 4dr SuperCab XLT FX4 Level II 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
I own a Ranger with the level II
package. I need a truck for work to
haul equipment from job to job and also
like to off-road some witch is the
reason i bought the level II. For work
and commuting I have found this truck
to be on par with all the other
vehicles in its catagory if not better.
But the level II really comes to life
when off-roading. The aggressive 31" BF
Goodrich tires coupled whith plenty of
ground clearance and full protective
plates for piece of mind allow the ford
to tackle trecherous approch and
deparchure angles. The 4.0 litre powers
you though deep mud and snow steadily.
Four door super cab,31" BF Goodrich
tires,Full skid plates,Alcoa wheels,Six
A little more horse power never
hurt,2wd lo-range would be nice for
Gas mileage not up to expectations, so
far about 22 (EPA rated at 24 city) for
mixed city/highway. When first started
engine revs way too high (2400-2500
RPM). This is annoying & cannot be good
for engine. As usual no satisfaction
from dealer service (they claim it's
all computer regulated and NORMAL).
It may be computer regulated, but I
doubt it's NORMAL.
Otherwise I like the Ranger, easy to
drive, handles nicely, but 4 cylinder
is anemic in top gear(s)..have to
downshift too frequently.
Probably should have gone for 3.0
liter V-6 and automatic (wouldn't have
to manually downshift).
Have only 600 miles on it, so too soon
to make any lasting judgments.
Handling ease. Overall comfort.
Very quiet for type of vehicle, interior
as quiet as previous Buick was.
More oomph for 2.3 /4 cylinder engine.
Offer cloth seats instead of miserable
vinyl in XL models.