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2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab 2dr SuperCab XL Rwd Styleside SB (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Vibration, while driving, back to
dealer several time to have repaired,
they blamed continental tires, but
would not replace with other brand. At
least 12 different tire put on vehicle.
Damaaged at dealers occured twice,
requiring sheetmetal and paint work.
Now with 12000 miles the transmission
has to be rebuilt. Will not buy any
other Ford products. This is the sixth
ranger I have owned and the last.
Practice Customer Service
2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab 4dr SuperCab XLT Appearance Rwd Styleside SB (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Drives well, comfortable interior.
Would have liked leather but not
available. Reliability has not been
great. It sported an out-of-round
rear axle from the factory and I
thought it may have been just a fluke,
but a few months later a front axle
bearing went out. These kinds of
reliability problems could have been
avoided with more care at the
manufacturing level. No more problems
to report at this time. I feel a
little better about the truck now that
these problems have been addressed and
I have driven it for approx. 10,000
miles since the incident with the
front bearing with no other problems
Paint is excellent. Interior quality is great when compared to other small trucks.
Larger gas tank.
2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab 2dr SuperCab XLT Rwd Styleside SB (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
My previous small truck was an '89
Mazda B2200 and I really miss it. At
6'4" I have trouble seeing to my right
at crossroads because of the mirror.
The gas mileage has been awful. The
gas mileage started out around 15 mpg
and is at 13 now that I am running the
air conditioning. The worst thing,
however, has been the bouncing bed. On
any road that has bumps, the rear end
of the truck bounces all over the
road. I took my winter weight and have
been driving it around this spring to
try to keep the rear wheels on the
The space in the area behind the seats (extended cab) is great. Also, I never hear road noise (no sliding rear window though).
The truck needs to be able to seat three people in the front. Rear suspension needs to be improved so the truck doesn't bounce. The gas mileage has to be improved too.
2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab 2dr SuperCab Edge Rwd Styleside SB (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I use this truck for field service and
my annual mileage is 40,000 miles. The
drivetrain has performed flawlessly.The
edge model allows one to see ahead many
cars in front. I have a manual trans.
I love the 4.0 liter V6, more than enough power. Since I mostly drive on the freeway, I can get as high as 22mpg using premium gas and synthetic oil. I have never gotten anything below 20 mpg city/freeway. Very quiet. handling excellent.
Hard to get into the rear seats. Looks like truck was made with cost cutting measures in mind- do not like the quality of the rubber around the windows, passenger side window motor does not work. Speed limiter is 90mph.
2003 Ford Ranger SuperCab 4dr SuperCab XLT FX4 Off-Road 4WD Styleside SB (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
Between my wife, daughter, and I, we
have owned 7 Rangers since 1990. When
shopping for a new vehicle, we test
drove dozens of new cars with our one
and only preference being the
vehicle's comfort of ride (seat
comfort as well as handling comfort).
Only the FX4 Level II had good
handling as well as the seat comfort
we want for traveling 12-16 hours a
We continue to shop for new cars
(including the new 2004 Level II), but
we have not yet found any vehicle that
gives as good of performance,
handling, dependability, and
comfortable seating all in one
Comfortable seating, five speed automatic transmission, handling, perky engine performance, and Ford's always good dependability.
I personally would like to see a 351 V8 made available (a 428 may be overkill on the front suspension!).