1997 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Awesome Ride

1997 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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

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Awesome Ride
By James on


1997 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Regular Cab SB


Bought for $2,800 with 118k miles. Have never had a problem except with neutral safety switch not making contact and shifter knob coming off (its the 5 speed manual 2.3L). Runs great and is very fun to drive. I'm not a big fan of the sag in the front, but that seems standard with most rangers of the time. It has problems with uphills but nothing major. You can get some serious bounce and slide out of the back which is fun on occasion. I have never gotten lower than 24.3 miles to the gallon and I keep up with it everytime I fill up. It came with 14 inch rims which is a shame because there are not that many off road tires for that size, but i can always upgrade. all in all, an awesome truck!

Best Features

Small cab heats up fast in the winter, can really fly out of stops, reliable, comfy seats, and decent sound

Worst Features

better gear ratio, little more weight in the back, more BHP
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