1997 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: expect problems

1997 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
expect problems
By brandonm on


1997 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB


the ranger is an attractive pick-up
that means well, it just had horrible
engineers. i've only put on 20,000
miles on mine in the last 3 years
(52,000-72,000) and can't believe the
problems i've had. i've been stranded,
oil changes bring a list of things that
need to be fixed, and new electrical
problems almost regularly. fuel-pump
died on a road-trip leaving my wife and
me stranded. after returning home the
check engine light came on again and
the canister also had to be replaced.
not cheap. had to replace all ball-
joints, another $700. this shouldn't be
happening on a truck with 70,000 miles
on it.
i'll never buy a ford again because of
my experience with this truck.

Best Features

ride is very comfortable, even on long road trips, but long road trips are not recommended because something is sure to go wrong. acceleration is adequate with the 3.0 V6... its not astounding though, its a truck. gas mileage is marginal at best. this is no econo-truck.

Worst Features

fix the electrical problems: dome light that won't go off (everybody reports this). windshield washer sometimes won't work, sometimes will. heater sometimes stays on cold if you turn it from coldest to warm. this is the most temperamental vehicle i've ever known!
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