Used 1996 Ford Ranger

1996 Ford Ranger
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1996 Ford Ranger

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vehicle overview

Whether it's image or utility that attracts you to a compact truck, Ford stands ready to seduce you into its strong-selling Ranger. Trim levels range from the practical XL through the well-trimmed XLT and STX--all the way to the beguiling little Ranger Splash with its fiberglass Flareside bed, chrome wheels, and lowered suspension.

With the optional 4.0-liter V6 engine, in particular, acceleration is impressively brisk, whether from a standstill or when merging and passing. The base four cylinder engine can overtax the Ranger when carrying a heavy load. Automatic-transmission upshifts are crisp and barely noticed, with just a slight jolt under hard throttle, and downshifts deliver only slightly more harshness. Push-button four-wheel-drive, if installed, is a snap to use.

Well-controlled overall, with good steering feedback, Rangers handle easily, corner capably (within limits), maneuver neatly, and stay reasonably stable on curves. Occupants aren't likely to complain about the ride, either, though it can grow bouncy around town. Gas mileage isn't the greatest with the big engine and automatic, as expected.

Ranger sports an worldwide industry first for safety protection this year. An optional passenger side airbag is available, and it can be disabled with the flick of a switch in the event that a car seat is installed in the truck. Also new for 1996 is a 100,000-mile tune-up interval on the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, and standard privacy glass on Supercab models. A fresh twist for XL and XLT two-wheel drive models equipped with the base engine is the Flareside box from the Ranger Splash; it can be ordered on regular and Supercab models. Trim changes include the deletion of the garish green tape stripe on Splash models, as well as the cargo cover on Supercab models. The XL Sport disappears from the lineup.

Seats are firm and supportive, urging you to lean back and enjoy a long haul. Rangers are all truck, with few pretensions toward any other identity, but can be loaded with gadgets like a luxury auto. Fun to drive, sharp looking and well-built, they deliver a solid compact-pickup experience.

1996 Highlights

For the 1996 Ford Ranger, an optional passenger-side airbag is now available, and it comes with a switch that will disable the system if a child seat is installed in the truck. Super Cab models get standard privacy glass, Splash models lose that putrid green tape stripe, and the Flareside box from the Splash is now available on two-wheel-drive, four-cylinder XL and XLT models.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Keeps on runnin'!
I purchased this truck used with about 40,000 miles on it. Ten years later I have over 261,000 miles and its still running great. I have had to put a couple thousand into it but nothing major. Clutch, tires, brakes, etc. I am NOT good at getting the oil changed but that hasn't slowed it down any. Definitely have gotten my money's worth AND MORE out of this truck. I plan on driving it until it won't drive anymore and then give it a dignified funeral! :)
Fix or repair often
I've had my 96 ranger since new and I've replaced rotors,bearings and calipers twice and I baby this thing,I've also replace all brakelines mastercylinder powersteering pump and lines.The truck has a mind of it's own and the lights inside and outside come on and go off at will as well as the alarm bells ring the motor switch on the interior fan stopped working as well and the radio won't shut off,I'll never own another one!!!
Work Truck
This is a great truck for the money and it's easy to work on but be ready to work on it because nothing lasts. Make sure to do all preventative maintenance.
Reliable Truck
This is a good basic reliable compact truck. I own the 4 cylinder 2.3L model with a five speed. For the higher elevations of Colorado its a little underpowered, but around town and the plains its fine. A good quality truck.
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Features & Specs

19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
112 hp @ 4800 rpm
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
112 hp @ 4800 rpm
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
112 hp @ 4800 rpm
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
112 hp @ 4800 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 1996 Ford Ranger
Used 1996 Ford Ranger Overview

The Used 1996 Ford Ranger is offered in the following submodels: Ranger Regular Cab, Ranger Extended Cab. Available styles include XL 2dr Extended Cab SB, XL 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB, Splash 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, XL 2dr Regular Cab LB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab LB, XL 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB, XL 2dr Regular Cab SB, STX 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB, STX 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, XL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, Splash 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB, XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB, XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB, Splash 2dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SB, Splash 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SB, XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB, XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB, XL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB, and STX 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB.

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Should I lease or buy a 1996 Ford Ranger?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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