1998 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Problematic

1998 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

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XL Extended Cab Pickup (3.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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1998 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB


After reading the reviews on this site, I realized that my Ranger has had just about every problem in the book. It now has 145,000 miles and a list of parts I replaced in the few years I've owned it, including fuel pump, spark plugs and coil, cam sensor, 2 alternators, and more that I can't even remember. It takes a quart of oil every 1000 miles, which is tolerable. Never had any clutch problems. Power windows work sometimes, interior light stays on when doors are closed, and "Door Ajar" light will stay on for a while. A/C pump starts randomly and squeaks. Ball joints go bad a lot. Noisiest power steering pump I've ever heard, even after replacing it with a new one. Power could be better.

Best Features

Factory CD/Keyless entry/Theft alarm/Cruise Control/Power Windows/Power Mirrors, handles good for a truck, great brakes, 5-speed tranny, shiny paint even after 145000 miles, good 4-wheel drive

Worst Features

Uses too much gas for an engine that doesn't have that much power and for a truck of its size. Was terrible in the snow in 2WD until I installed a used limited-slip differential, made a HUGE improvement, 2-door extended cab makes it impossible to get a person into the back seats or anything else
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