2008 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: The only compact left, and bet

2008 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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XL Regular Cab Pickup (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual 6.1 ft. Bed)

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The only compact left, and better for it
By BR on


2008 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Regular Cab Styleside SB (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


This was my first new vehicle, my first four cylinder, and my first stick shift. I made the right choice. I bought the truck because of what it was, basic, inexpensive, and frugal. The turn signal stalk split at the mold seam at 12,000 miles, but that's not a big deal. It's 2wd but it will make it through deep mud, just don't stop. I've got a K&N filer and a Flowmaster exhaust installed which added very usable low/mid range power. I'm not a Ford guy, I grew up in a GM household. This little truck grows on you, my dad even likes it. Not bad for an old design is it?

Best Features

Decent power, ergonomics are spot on, handles curves better than it has a right to.

Worst Features

All season light truck tires as standard equipment on 4-cylinder models, not passenger car tires.
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