6 months ago I acquired from a friend of mine who runs a junk yard. I traded him a shotgun for it. They used it to tow junkers around their lot. It is probably the ugliest truck you have seen it a while. It is painted primer grey and most of that is pealing. It has 340 thousand miles on the original motor (4.0 ltr V-6) and transmission (5 speed manual) Has rust over the rear wheel wells and the entire underside. I made the trade thinking I was just going to strip it down and make a rock crawler out f it. To my surprise the truck rides better than my 2011 Silverado. It is an incredibly smooth ride. I replaced the tires and a ruptured brake line and that's it. The 4X4 works great and the motor is smooth and powerful. It has a slight valve tick but does not use any oil at all. I drive it daily because it get much better gas mileage than my Silverado and to think I was going to rip this old girl apart. It started first time, every time all throughout the winter and everything works, every light, every piece of electronics (the stereo rocks) and in four wheel drive the damn thing will climb a tree. She is nothing at all to look at but I wouldn't give this thing up for anything. If a 25 year old ranger runs this good and is this reliable I can only imagine what the new ones are like.
i owned a ranger for 2 years and never
regretted a minute of it. there simply
isnt a better light truck on the
market. on road, the handling and
power are amazing. the 2.9l has plenty
of torque, and the power is trasferred
through the road better than most
cars. off road, you can put most big
trucks to shame. the 4x4 and low range
are almost impossible to get stuck in
mud snow or trails. accident safety is
unreal. i just totaled it by hitting a
crown victoria @ 60 then ran into a
ditch and flipped 3 times. I walked
away w/o a scratch.
I've owned this 2.3, 4 cyl, 4wd, 5 speed, short bed ranger for 3 months and is nothing to brag about. I have never exceeded 19 mpg and 14.5-15 is common, with a top speed of about 75 and going up most hills, it might lose 5-10 mph even after dropping a gear. The only good for this truck is most parts are still original, other than the steering sector and the mirrors can never stay in place.
Since buying the truck, I have had few
problems. I have replaced wear items,
like brakes and the muffler, as well
as a head gasket. The truck now has
127,000 miles. It has performed it's
duties as daily transportation and
work truck well. It has driven us
back and forth to work, as well as
hauled building materials for home
repairs without fault.