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#695 of 2995 sbarone1
May 15, 2003 (10:09 pm)
Unfortunately Ford is starting to make crappy vehicles. I leased a 2003 chevy s10 4x4 and loved it, it felt high quality and was just an awesome quiet comfortable ride. Until i realized i couldnt afford it, i then went to a 98 ford ranger and everything about it feels cheap. But what your describing doesnt seem right, what you might wanna try doing is going and test driving another one and see if it does it, and if it doesnt go back to the dealer and tell them you want to switch vehicles( a good dealer will do that for you)
May 16, 2003 (4:50 am)
You think Ford is making crappy vehicles by comparing a 2003 S-10 to a 1998 Ranger? LOL, how about comparing 2 vehicles from the same year, and in the same price range. Besides check the Chevy problem forums, and you'll see it's not like any vehicle make is the golden goose.
May 16, 2003 (10:39 am)
2003 level 2 Noisy! If you haven't check out blueovalnews.com They have alot of Ford Techs giving you a history/solutions to Ford problems.I have an 02 Ranger 4X4 Off-Road XLT,No noises in my transfer case(although mine is shift on fly)You'll love that site!
#698 of 2995 midnight stang
May 21, 2003 (10:55 am)
No dude, i was comparing it to the 2003 ford ranger i was considering. Im just saying the S-10 felt like it was made a little more solid. the insides of the rangers feel like they were cheaply made etc
#699 of 2995 shocks
May 24, 2003 (8:05 pm)
Recently, I replaced the shocks of my 16,000 mile-old 2000 Ranger Supercab 3.0 V-6. The originals were allowing too much body motion, the rear axle hopped so easily on washboard roads that the rear end swung out alarmingly on even very low-speed turns, and bumps and potholes produced suspension jolts and noises that created feelings of mechanical sympathy. Working the original units by hand, I was amazed by how little damping there was in the bump or compression mode, and how little gas pressure there was.
I decided on Monroe Reflex shocks as the replacements. I wanted improved ride control, but not the stiffness of high-pressure units such as KYB’s. Now, with about 300 miles of experience with the Monroes, I can say that I am pleased with my decision. The ride is a more tightly-snubbed at low speeds (the gas pressure is surprisingly high for a low-pressure design, and the valving is less “soft” than The Shock Warehouse’s description indicated)), control of body motions is much better, and there is so much more absorbing of impacts going on!
#700 of 2995 how to get at cruise control lamps in steering wheel....
Jun 09, 2003 (8:14 am)
Some advice needed. I have a 98 XLT with the cruise controls in the steering wheel. One of the lamps went out and I can't seem to figure out on how to get at the bugger. I'm Worried on removal of the air bag housing as they can be tempermental and go off accidentally. Any suggestions would be appriciated.
#701 of 2995 timing chain tensioner in 4.0 soch
Jun 13, 2003 (4:52 am)
Just wanted to know is the timing chain tensioner still a problem in the 2003 4.0 soch motors??
#702 of 2995 2003 Ranger XL
Jun 16, 2003 (10:15 pm)
Just bought a 2003 Ranger XL 5 spd 2.3L (no frills base model) for $9.6K OTD rebates and all. Yes, I test drove it and realized that it was low on power to accelerate but I'm no speed demon. The price to too good to pass up compared to a Chevy S10, Mazda B2300 or Tacoma w/ the same std features. 1st 500 miles mpg was about 26 + both city/hwy.
Only peeve is that the Ranger sits up higher than the other P/Us (higher center of gravity) which causes the truck to want to tip when rounding a curve. Besides adding suspension parts or changing to 16 inch rims and lower/wider profile tires which cost some $$$, is there any other practical or cheaper fixes to alleviate this tendency.
#703 of 2995 Dust in gauge cluster
Jun 19, 2003 (4:02 pm)
My 2001 4X4 has accumulated a lot of dust/lint behind the clear lens that covers the gauges. Can anyone tell me how that clear plastic comes off so I can clean in behind it? There are two screws at the top of the housing but I am not sure what else is involved or if I must get behind the dash. I don't want to be too rough with it because I would hate to cause a rattle. Any ideas on the procedure? Thanks!
#704 of 2995 Steering Noise?
Jun 24, 2003 (2:40 pm)
Do I believe the dealer or not?
I took my new '03 B2300 (Ranger Clone) into the dealer for a clunking that can be heard and felt through the steering wheel yesterday. They called late in the afternoon saying they could feel it too but were having problems tracking the source down. Got a call from them today saying it was normal on the trucks with the tilt wheel per the manufacturer. Has anyone else with the tilt wheel experienced this problem? If so I'd really appreciate your input.