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Ford Ranger, Truck
Dec 18, 2001 (7:25 am)
Nobody should go through what problems he was having, but that can be avoided with taking any purchase out for a test drive first.
1993 2.3L Regular cab, A4LD Automatic. 137,800 Miles on the clock.
Repairs to date:
2 New Thermostats
1 New Water Pump
1 New Radiator.
1 New set of hoses.
2 New front rotors.
2 Timing belts
about 40 spark plugs (8 plugs remember)
1 New Muffler
Well my transmission was probably my fault, because having the truck since I was 16, I thought it was cool to rev the engine in neutral, and then drop it into gear for a little peel out. Trans replaced about 110k, and I learned that Transmission filters should be replaced about every year. (Never did it until then).
The radiator and water pump and t-stat just got a little rusty and filled with scale. Heater core still good. All this done at around 120k miles.
Muffler rusts from my short commute to work, about 10-15 minutes. The exhaust just starts to get heated up by the time I pull in to park. Merlin's lifetime warranty replaces it about every 3 years or so(for free).
I no longer drive like a nut, and I do all the maintenance myself. Given all the trials and tribulations I've put my truck through, I know what "Built Ford Tough" means.
Still get over 20 MPG in the city. Very reliable, especially since this truck was dogged hard when I was a teenager. I'm thinking of waiting until the 2003 redesign to purchase my next Ranger because this one is paid off and running fine. Hopefully they will offer the 4.0l in regular cab 4x2 again!
So I'm writing again to remind the casual readers that people with car problems are more likely to bitch, and those without car problems are more likely to just drive happy. Hopefully my experience can be yours as well.
#290 of 2995 midnight stang
Dec 20, 2001 (11:37 am)
Rebuilt tranny at 130 K ? Wow. Better ge a Nissan. I have an 89 Nissan with 167 000 miles on the clock. No need for a tranny. It sounds like yours was abused. A tranny should go longer than that.
Dec 20, 2001 (1:38 pm)
You're right Frey. I'm 24 now, and had the truck since I was 16. I think that may explain an early failure. Also, it was way earlier than 130,000 miles, more like 110,000 miles.
"I thought it was cool to rev the engine in neutral, and then drop it into gear for a little peel out. " Plus I never did ANY maintenace on it for about 5 years. This includes trips to South Padre (racing Wranglers on the beach) and Arkansas (Going up and down the Buffalo River area Mountains). Takes a licking and keeps on ticking... or proven Built Ford Tough in my mind's eye.
but like we're talking in the other Ford Ranger thread, the transmission needs new filters and fluid every once and a while...
Now I know... and knowing is half the battle...
#292 of 2995 01 Ranger problems
Dec 20, 2001 (4:37 pm)
I have an 01 Ranger XL 112" WB. It's a 5 speed with AC and cloth seats and now has about 3400 miles; I purchased it brand new 5 months ago. I do like this truck; with the optional cloth seats it's quite comfortable. I use it as a commuter vehicle and as a supplement to my Honda S2000. I just took it to the dealer for some warranty work: air bag light is on (sensor for air bag), rear springs squeaking (they're having to replace both rear springs), have noticed coolant leaking in my garage (they are replacing the radiator due to leaking seems), they performed the seat belt recall and are addressing a rough and uneven idle. Needless to say, I'm very concerned with having problems like these develop on a brand new vehicle. What do you guys think, is this the norm or do I habve a lemon? Should I consider another truck or stick it out with this? I do like the truck but it's a major hassle if I'm going to be having to have repairs done all the time, eventhough Ford is picking up the tab
#293 of 2995 Midnite Stang
Dec 23, 2001 (8:39 am)
<<Nobody should go through what problems he was having, but that can be avoided with taking any purchase out for a test drive first.>>
You are indeed correct about the text drive. I did NOT drive it near long enough or FAR enough on SMOOTH pavement [hence I did not notice the driveline vibration as much]. As for the OTHER problems I've had, NONE of them would have shown up on a test drive: Bad turn signal switch, shorted left front headlight, defective right door window motor, right rear door seal came off, rear slider leaks in the upper right corner, an exhaust hanger bolt missing [it evidentally came out], and very rough shifts on 5 speed auto tranny [this makes me real nervous..perhaps it is the SOURCE of my vibes problem ??? The dealer is too incompetent to trouble shoot it..or..UNWILLING]. All of these had developed over time in the 14300 miles I have driven it. I still basically WANT to like the truck. Unfortunately, I got stuck with a "Blue Oval" dealer [Ford's idea of a joke !] Yes, it is a 20 000 dollar lemon. You are correct. I just wonder how many OTHER ones there are out there. If I can sell this thing, I will buy a Tundra. Happy Holidays.
#294 of 2995 I believe I would be a bit frustrated at that...
Dec 23, 2001 (7:54 pm)
Was everything fixable(aka replaced/repaired) by your dealership except that vibration?
#295 of 2995 Stang...
Dec 27, 2001 (2:25 pm)
All of the problems were fixed except the most important ones: the driveline. My word of warning: For ANYONE who buys a Ranger made from 98 to 2001, particularly, DRIVE it in the manner that you will most likely use it and if you drive it on the highway a lot, take the Ranger out to a LONG stretch of SMOOTH highway, put the cruise on at various speeds from say 55 to about 75 or 80 (if possible) and see if it SHAKES. Many Rangers do [some 98, 99 models have TSB's on bad driveshafts]. You may not like the ride; it can be VERY fatiguing. Good luck. If you don't mind the shakes, then it doesn't matter perhaps. Or, if you are using the Ranger offroad and trashing and thrashing it anyways, it also is perhaps irrelevant. Perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.
Dec 30, 2001 (6:52 am)
I had a 97 mazda with the shakes and was told by the dealer that it was the front I-beam suspension causing the problem; however, when I got rid of the FireRock tires, the shakes went away completely. FireRock, of course would accept no responsibility. My 2001 with firerocks fortunately does not have the shakes.
#297 of 2995 jdbishop
Dec 30, 2001 (8:18 pm)
I replaced the Firestones with Michelin LTX's. It is possible that these tires are ALSO causing the problem, but I highly doubt it. I think it is a "dirty little secret" about the Ranger. It is more common that I had realized. A lot of Ranger owners I have talked to have this problem. They just tolerate it better than I do. Good luck with your truck. I STILL like them, and am looking for one that doesn't shake. Otherwise, I will go for a tundra.
#298 of 2995 Ranger Oil Leaks
Jan 01, 2002 (1:55 pm)
I have read all the threads on this problem and been to a good mechanic. There seems to be 3 common leaks. 1. Oil drain plug. I have found this is a problem in many Ford vehicels. Rangers improved the old drain plug after my 96 model. I have seen threads who recommended fiber washers so I have installed one today.
2. The rear engine seal may be leaking. It is very hard to tell if this is the problem or pan gasket. I am told both can be a probelm on the 4.0 Ranger engines.
3. The pan gasket may break down over time and "squeese" out and allow a drip.
Most tell me it is a $600 job to pull the engine to fix the rear seal and pan gasket. I have disided to put up with slight drip rather than pull the engine. (the truck has 93K miles) I am hoping the fiber washer and new type plug is the problem but looking at oil on the upper side of the pan, I doubt it is the plug.
It appears to me that it is a poor design to have to pull the engine to change the oil pan gasket.
Any better advice? Thanks!
A. B . Hair