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#1036 of 2986 Re: best model [blank]
Mar 15, 2005 (11:44 pm)
I absolutely recommend the Ranger. My 96 4.0 V6 automatic extended cab flareside bed is the BEST vehicle I have ever owned. It only has 84,000 miles on it, but I am not kidding when I say it has NEVER broken. Nothing. Zero. Zip. I sold my 89 Toyota truck to buy it and I have loved it everyday. The Toyota was alright, but at 100,000 miles it was stalling regularly and the dealers couldn't seem to fix it. The Saturn, Altima, and Jetta I've also had all had more problems than my truck (with the Jetta being the most trouble free, but I only kept it until 40,000).
My truck will be 10 years old in about 6 months and I was just thinking tonight how tight it still is. Not one rattle or squeak and all I have done is regular maintance. I do use synthetic oil -- that's the only thing special I do. I mean, even my friends brand new 2005 MB C230 has a rattle somewhere in the dash, and their other car, an '03 Accord already needs new engine mounts.
I understand some people on this board have had problems with their Rangers, and I feel for them. I know how it is to live with an unreliable car. But, Ford has sold a lot of Rangers over the years and you gotta figure some of them will have problems, just like some cars, no matter who makes them, will have problems.
Mar 18, 2005 (7:37 am)
I have a '00 Ranger XLT Ext. Cab. The power switch on the driver side sometimes sticks, and now the key lock is jammed. If I replace both locks, will I have to replace the ignition too. Please help me out and tell me where I could go to get the parts needed.
Mar 18, 2005 (5:16 pm)
I've had my 2003 Ranger in the dealer 2 times, about to be three, in the past 5 weeks or so. It doesn't want to start. At first, I attributed it to the cold. But we had a warm spell of 50 degree weather and it still did it. Plus it would even continue after the engine is warm.
The first time, I was told it was the fuel pump. So they replaced it. The second time, they said it was the computer so they reprogrammed it. It starts good for a couple days after I get it back then it'll start up with problems again. It goes to the dealer again tomorrow for a different reason and I'm going to tell them then, but I'd like to have an idea what it could be so I can ask them if they've checked other possibilities. Thanks!
#1039 of 2986 Re: Tailgate Latch [jkidd2]
Mar 18, 2005 (6:56 pm)
If it's the standard warranty, no. If your dealer is nice, they might do it as a courtesy, but the way things are going for Ford I doubt they're in a nice mood.
#1040 of 2986 Re: Bad Locks [delerious2005]
Mar 18, 2005 (11:29 pm)
When door locks are replaced the best thing is to have a locksmith open up the lock tumblers and replace them so they 'match' your existing ignition key.
Overall, it sounds like you might have lock 'linkage' problems, not switch or 'lock' problems. Someone needs to get inside the door and figger out what really is wrong, then buy the correct part/s.
#1041 of 2986 Re: Ranger shifting problem [kimbav]
Mar 19, 2005 (9:52 am)
you have a sensor bad a dealer i could tell you more if i could put a scan tool on it.the scan tool would tell you the sensor that is bad .
#1042 of 2986 Soggy front floor
Mar 20, 2005 (1:16 pm)
I have a 2000 XLT 2WD Xtra cab with rear doors. The floor in front
on the driver's side is soaked. I have
pulled the carpet and backing back to feel it all wet. It does not
appear to be coming through the firewall or the drain in the well at
the base of the windshield. The windshield is original. There also
small drains forward in the door jambs if you pull up on the weather
stripping seal inside the doors. Any ideas? check your own Rangers
after a rainy or slushy ride. We've had enough rain and slush here
in RI lately to go through a few soak dry cycles. Any auto body guys
or auto glass guys ever run across this? People around here say "oh,
a lot of Rangers do that", but can never pinpoint it for me.
#1043 of 2986 Re: Trans trouble [css1524]
Mar 20, 2005 (4:36 pm)
i have 2000 ranger with the same problem it only has 29,000 miles
#1044 of 2986 Re: driveshaft woes/solution [brucelinc]
Mar 20, 2005 (7:27 pm)
Please post this everywhere you can. Here is the solution and it doesn't invlove driveshaft replacement or removal. Drill a 7/32 hole in your split yoke close to your front u-joint(so you don't drill into your splines). Purchase a 1/4x28 grease fitting 1/4x28 tap. Install grease fitting and inject heavy duty grease into your driveshaft. This will coat your splines. Do not overfill or you will rupture your boot that covers your 2 piece connection. Easy to do and if driveline slop comes back, get the grease gun out and recoat in minutes. Worked great on my 2000 extended cab.
#1045 of 2986 1990 Ranger 4Cyl Auto - No Backup Lights
Mar 21, 2005 (6:09 am)
A friend just bought it. We can't find a back up light switch! I see the Neutral Safety Switch atop the trany (with nothing connected to it). Are they one and the same? Thanks.