This is my second Ranger in 6 years.
From day two the truck had an
electrical short in the wiper motor
that made it impossible to turn the
wipers off once activated. The
dealership replaced the wiper motor
w/in a few hours and now everything
works perfectly. The 2.3L engine is
more than powerful enough w/the manual
transmission for daily driving. If you
plan on using the truck to tow, I
suggest the 3.0L or 4.0L.
Power windows, locks, and mirrors.
Remote keyless entry and cruise control.
More open storage space for small items
like cell phones & chargers. A full
center console that goes from the dash
and up between the driver and passenger
seats would be great.
I owned a 1986 Ranger and drove it for
over 14 years. The '04 Ranger is much
better and more fun to drive. Ford has
done it right. The high back seats are
very comfortable, visability is great,
the sound system is excelent, the ease
of access to the cab is effortless with
the 4 doors, and the ride is much
imporved over prior Rangers. I
especially like the redesigned looks of
The FX4 suspension is great, and with
the 4.0 engine very powerful.
Maybe a little more room in the super
cab behind the fornt seats. But don't
shorten the bed.