2004 Ranger XL 2.3 /4 w/5 spd manual
By Don Arthur on
Vehicle2004 Ford Ranger 2dr Regular Cab XL Rwd Styleside SB (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewGas 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.
Best FeaturesHandling ease. Overall comfort. Appearance (styling). Very quiet for type of vehicle, interior as quiet as previous Buick was.
Worst FeaturesMore oomph for 2.3 /4 cylinder engine. Offer cloth seats instead of miserable vinyl in XL models.
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