1999 Ford Ranger Consumer Review: Overall Good Truck

1999 Ford Ranger - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

114 Total Reviews

XLT Regular Cab Pickup (2.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Overall Good Truck
By Phil on


1999 Ford Ranger XLT 2dr Regular Cab SB


This is my first Ranger. I wanted a full size Chevy but this was cheaper. I bought it used for less than $5000 in 2002. I put 110k miles on it and it now has 175k. It has been a good truck overall, however I have had to replace the engine and transmission. It has the 4 cylinder and auto. They both went out, the transmission first and then the engine. In all fairness I pulled a boat with it which may have caused it. I think it should get better mileage for a 4 cylinder. It only gets 20-22mpg no matter highway or city. Other than that maintenance has been very minimal, I've done the brakes a couple of times and replaced the tires and a some light bulbs.

Best Features

Looks good, sits high, rubber instead of carpet.

Worst Features

Better mpg or more power. Engine shouldn't have gone out at 140k. Remove the speed limiter. If I get another one it will have PW, PL, and cruise. Ford should add the 5.0 v8 out of the 99-01 Explorer as an option. It would get as good or better mpg and have a ton more power than the 4 cylinder.
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