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4.5 out of 5 stars

97 Ranger 4cyl 5 speed still runs great 143k

dalebass3, 04/03/2013
1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Extended Cab SB
14 of 14 people found this review helpful

I bought this truck 2 years ago. I knew it needed a slave cylinder just didn't realize it was inside the tranny. So I had a mechanic buddy do it and replace the clutch and rear main seal while he was at it. Has run great since. Only problem is the A/C. It wasn't working when I got it. Found a big hole in the condenser and then it worked for a couple days but then sprung a new leak in another line with the new found pressure. This seems to be a pretty common problem. Engine runs great for its age. I see a ton of these on the road

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5 out of 5 stars

Reluctant to buy, Happy I did.

Brian, 04/09/2016
1997 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab SB
22 of 24 people found this review helpful

I almost didn't buy this truck, as it had a lot of miles on it. After a lengthy test drive, the truck felt solid, shifted nice, and drove very well, so I did buy. I've had it for some time now (a few months - actually it's my winter beater/rainy day driver), and it's just passed over 250,000 miles. The 2.3 liter engine uses no oil between oil changes, and makes no funny noises. It's a little short on power, but it's more than made up for that with it's relentless reliability. I see these trucks everywhere, and they are, figuratively speaking, a dime a dozen. I looked at Toyota, but they resale they hold is insane, which I'm told is due to the longevity of their engines. I know I haven't owned it for an extended amount of time (years), but I would say, money spent, the four cylinder Ranger is as good, or better than the, incredibly overpriced Toyota's out there.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

love my truck

mac_712, 03/08/2003
1997 Ford Ranger STX 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I was told before buying that it was under powered. But I have found the 4.0L engine to have plenty of power. The seats are very comfortable.Gas mileage could be a bit better but I don't baby my vehicles either. This is my first 4x4 and I will never do without 4wd again. The only repairs I have had in the 2 years I have owned this truck is replacement of a couple of sensors in the EGR system and the 2 front u-joints on the front axles have been replaced. I have been told that the u-joints usually need replaced at around 75000 mi and mine lasted 87000 so I can't complain.

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4.38 out of 5 stars

Great Truck

russ1a1hesston, 04/28/2003
1997 Ford Ranger STX 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I enjoy my Ranger. It has a V6 4.0L with 4 wheel drive. It's a little weak in acceleration but plenty of power for hauling a load. It pulls a heavy trailer load better than my V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

Ford has the best trucks hands down

AndyTruck1, 04/10/2003
1997 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

I now have 190000 miles and have only replaced clutches and normal wear. It has great power, better handleing and has never left me stranded. Anyone who says different is dumb.

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