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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