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May 01, 2003 (12:34 pm)
harriet, I don't know what you were trying to say in post 674, but I am on my 2nd Ranger. My first '93 made it 140,000 miles with the only major replacement being a transmission at 120,000 (auto). Not bad for my first teenage vehicle. My 2003 is just a good, if not better. All vehicles will last if 1. They are not a lemon and 2. They are maintained correctly. and 3. You follow the maintenance schedule.
slickhead, your airbag light is stuck? Is this the passenger button disable light, or the dash light by the guages? Since you bought the vehicle used, it's a possibility it has been in a wreck and was deployed. Perhaps it was fixed by a shadetree mechanic who only replaced the airbag, and not the sensor that tripped it. Just an idea. I don't know 98's, so maybe it's supposed to be on all the time? I know blinking is definitely a problem... Maybe on is good? I don't know...
dunny6, I hate CD Labels... They eat up toner, and jam up many cd-players (not just fords) I much prefer a sharpie marker, but it doesn't look as good...
pennyi, I own a 2003 Edge and I love it. My truck is an Edge model too, so it has a 4x4 suspension, just not the drivetrain. That does make it a rougher ride than cars, but it is still very smooth and civil on the payment. I paid a little over 14,000 on after TTL & Rebates, payments are $301. Not too shabby. Only complaints, 4.0l v6 not a regular option on the regular cabs any more, the 4 speakers are fairly weak, but the 6 disc cd-changer is great. I love the ride height, the 60/40 bench seats with high backs, and my 3.0l with a manual transmission is pretty quick. It's a tough and fun little truck to own!
jtc, that doesn't sound normal. It sounds like a tired motor. It's been about 5 years, Have you tried a tune up, new filters, flushing the motor oil and coolant, cleaning your throttle body, changing out the fuel filters, and maybe adjusting your throttle cable? I would start with the throttle body, and try the cheaper fixes first.
#682 of 2995 High idle at a stop
May 02, 2003 (2:44 pm)
My recently purchased 98 ranger seems to stay revved up as I engage the clutch as I come to a stop. When I slow down to below 5mph it will idle down. It is very annoying. I have the 2.5, 5 speed. Any ideas?
#683 of 2995 Left Front Wheel Whine/Lospeed noise
May 04, 2003 (9:12 am)
Got '02 XLT 4X4 OffRoad pkg. Started hearing lo-pitch whine/whirring noise,especially after a long drive. Now,sometimes even hear it on take-off,cold start! Didn't hear it till 20000 miles or so. Naturally, took it to Dealer& didn't do it THAT time! They said it was my TIRES!,cupped,from lack of rotation! Almost all driving done on winding mountain roads,so sure their cupped!Also had as another hall member said"Engine stalled on severe sharp turn once!
#684 of 2995 midnight stang
May 04, 2003 (8:21 pm)
Thanks but i have already done: fuel injection cleaning, fuel filter, oil change, mass airflow sensor, air filter, cleaned the throttle body, and i have had diagnostics and they find nothing. I am sooo annoyed by this problem you dont even know. I LOVE my truck, but I am seriously considering just dropping it and getting a car, sad huh? but if this problem can be resolved somehow the truck will stay with me for sure, if you or ANYONE has had a similar problem or can somehow figure this out i would be estatic. Thanks fellas
#685 of 2995 '99 Ranger Paint
May 05, 2003 (7:32 am)
My '99 Ranger has 31K miles and was purchased on 9-30-99. I was doing the spring wax job and noticed that the paint was bubbled along the bottom tailgate seam and would peel off with my finger nail! I took it to he local dealer and was first told by the Body Shop Mgr that Ford would repair. Now, when I take it in for repair, I am told Ford will not cover and I would have to pay!
I called Ford Consumer Affairs and got the standard line how they sorry they are but I exceed the 36 month warranty!
I have 3 other Ford products and this call was a test to see how Ford would handle and they failed!
I was going to trade my '98 Mustang for a '03 but not now!
Ranger owners check your tailgates for paint problems!
#686 of 2995 Rangers Forever!
May 05, 2003 (8:22 am)
Had a bad wreck(Head-on,Not My fault!)Wemt lookin for a replacement. Tacoma 1st. Salesman didn't wanna sell one I guess(Even tho I had CASH!)Chevy didn't have a S10 4X4!Went around corner,Loved the Ranger!Still do! Live in trailer park along with 10 other Rangers. Brother has new Silverado,wants trade to Ranger!I don't care if the Dealer(s)suck,I'll fix it myself.As my ol' Gramps use to say:"Boy those Fords got the best styling"(Him OLDS MAN,from Mich.)Now I'm Disabled,won't have cash for new one again,I'll Drive 'er Up To Heaven!
#687 of 2995 Serpentine belt squeeling
May 06, 2003 (5:28 pm)
I have a '98 3.0 Ranger, 57K mi. About two weeks ago, the serpentine belt started squeeling, originally only in cold and would normally go away. But now it is all the time. I have bought both "Belt Dressing" and "Silicon Spray", to try and help the problem. When I spray it on the belt while it is running it will instantly go quiet, but only for a short time, sometimes only a mile or so. It is a new belt 8 months ago, and does not show any signs of misalignment or improper installation. I don't know what to replace first, belt, pulley, or tensioner? Has anyone had this problem, or can you please help? Thanks
#688 of 2995 zamboniman30
May 07, 2003 (8:48 am)
I have a 98 ford ranger 2.5, and i had that problem with the serpentine belt, i finally broke down and brought it to the dealership and they put a new one on there, havent had a problem since. I tried all of that lubrication stuff, best thing to do is just replace it through the dealership, or take it to my favorite (car-x)
#689 of 2995 Belt dressings
May 07, 2003 (9:22 am)
Zamboniman. Glad to hear you've solved the belt problem -- though I suspect there may be a tensioner problem since the squealing occurred on a relatively new belt. A few comments on belt dressings, though. Regular belt dressings make the belt stickier so it doesn't slip over the pulleys as easily. This is never a permanent fix. The problem will recurr. I've never used the silicon sprays but they appear to do the opposite of the regular, sticky sprays -- The belt will still slip but it will do it more quietly. Using both would create an interesting "battle of the dressings" Glue vs lubricant. Inasmuch as replacing the belt is relatively cheap that would be the best approach. Be sure to check the belt tension, though (simple) and the pulley alignment (more complicated but not rocket science)to ensure the problem won't recurr down the road
#690 of 2995 the '96 Ranger or '98?
May 07, 2003 (7:28 pm)
I'm looking at '96 XLT V6 with 40k miles or a '98 XLT V6 with 82k miles. Both are asking the same price ($7,200)and appear to be clean. Is there an obivious choice here?
From Edmunds, the only significant change I can see is a different trany implemented in '97. Does that mean the trany prior to '97 was prone to problems?
Appreciate any advice.