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#11 of 32 Ford Ranger experience
Aug 01, 2006 (5:47 pm)
I just bought my 4th Ranger since 1992. I have never had a seconds trouble with any of my Rangers. My latest Ranger is the Sport model with the 3.0 V-6 and automatic. It has a smooth, solid feel and seems to be the best built Ranger yet. My only regret is the high ride height. My previous truck was a 2001 Dakota and I loved the low stance and great cornering. I'm afraid to push my Ranger in Corners for fear of tipping over. Other than that, I love the truck. I looked at a number of small trucks before going back to Ranger again, and none was as good a value. I loved my Dakota, but Dodge dropped the regular cab and changed the styling to the squared-off, blocky look that does not appeal to me.
#12 of 32 Re: old school [billingsley]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:02 pm)
i just recently went to my ford dealer looking at the rangers ( i used to have a 4x2 1994 3.0litre) well this time i wanted a 4x4 i was shocked at how bad their fuel economy was! i thought a little truck would get better than that. I even stopped and asked ranger owners at gas stations what they got. the average i have heard was 12-14mpg city and this was in 2 wheel drive withOut hauling anything. to be thats silly.. my friend with a full size silverado gets 14 mpg city! anyways my point is the ford dealership said ford recognizes the problem with very poor fuel economy of the rangers and they claim is not willing to do anything about it. the dealer was talking about ford getting rid of the ranger OR doing a completly new redesigned model from the ground up. He (the manager) said fords technology is way out of date and it shows in their fuel economy! when i had my ranger it lasted 135,000 miles before i got rid of it. i had NO problems with it at all. but this was in the 90's and we didnt worry about gas mileage back then. and from what the dealer said its the same technology from back then driving the rangers still...
#13 of 32 Re: old school [arkainzeye]
Dec 14, 2006 (11:48 am)
I had a ranger for 12 years(loved that truck) with 4.0V6. other then the fact it was a standard cab long bed with stick rarely ever got below 16mpg. The only time i got 13-14 is when i had a Paxton supercharger on it and gunned it all the time. I gave it to somebody, and that thing is still running strong with 180k on it too. I do think it is time for a redo though. You used to see them all over with everybody driving them. Now everybody drives the Tacoma or Nissan, which both pretty much outclass the Ranger.
#14 of 32 Re: Ford Ranger expirience? [yetti8]
Dec 19, 2006 (4:08 pm)
That would be great if your a junk dealer and the price is right
#15 of 32 Wow, I can't believe what I'm reading.
May 06, 2007 (6:55 pm)
My story is as follows: I drive a Ford Ranger 1998 4 cylinder with approx. 180,000 miles, pickup as a courier for an Environmental Analysis Lab. I drive about 850 miles per week. I increased my MPG from an average of 27 mpg to 29.8mpg. It works out that for every .07 cents I spend on the additive I save about .22 cents. That’s good economics. If you’d like more free info; you can contact me by email which is listed in my profile. The EPA mileage est. are 24 mpg to 28 mpg on the new ones with a 4 cylinder.
What are your driving habits? Maybe the pre 1998 models did only get around 14 mpg. I'm puzzled.
#16 of 32 Rebuild_92 Ranger, super cab.
Jul 20, 2007 (7:24 pm)
#17 of 32 Rebuild_92 Ranger, super cab.
Jul 20, 2007 (7:24 pm)
Are there specialty shops for Ford Rangers in San Fran or LA area?
I have a '92, 2x4, 5 spd, 3.0, super cab w/ 350k miles that needs to be brought back to zero time w/up-graded parts.
I'll have to change my trans, gears, A/C, maybe a 3.0 to a 4.0, turbo, part time 4x4, and interior.
Q. I understd there is an American made transmission for a 92
super cab? I've gone through three already and I understd the
Japanese companies stopped manufacturing 92
transmissions. My second and third trans were used.
Q. What do you think of the 4.0, compared to 3.0? My gas
milage has been at 16 to18 mpg, even w/ dual exhausts.
Q. Anyone with a part time 4x4, what do you think of your unit_
gas milage? Is it worth getting it?
Thanks for the help. I hope to run my Ranger for another 17 yrs.
#18 of 32 Considering Buying a '95 Ranger 4X4 - Need Advice!
Aug 28, 2007 (5:41 pm)
#19 of 32 Considering Buying a '95 Ranger 4X4 - Need Advice!
Aug 28, 2007 (5:41 pm)
Hello everyone. After reading through some posts, it looks like I'm in the right place. I am considering buying a 1995 Ford Ranger XLT, but I am having some reservations because of a few problems it has. I was wondering if someone out there could look over the problems, and give me some sound advice as to whether I should buy this truck. Here's the situation:
1995 Ford Ranger XLT
4X4 Automatic Transmission
$3,750.00 asking price.
Interior looks like a new truck.
Exterior in good condition.
Engine clean and looks great.
I can tell it has been well-cared for.
All service records were kept and are available.
Overall, it's a nice looking truck that seems to be well cared for.
THE BAD (potentially)...
1. After driving for a long period of time (1-2 hours) in high outdoor temperatures (above 85), the owner says that the transmission slips when shifting from 2nd into 3rd. He says it doesn't do it in the winter, and not very often in the summer. The owner says it's been doing this for the last 60,000 miles, and that I shouldn't worry about it.
2. Once again, after driving for a long period of time (1-2 hours) in high outdoor temperatures (above 85), the owner says that when you come to a stop, like at a convenience store, that the truck will not idle at low speeds. It sputters and dies. Once the truck cools, everything is fine again. And once again, the owner says it's been doing this for the last 60,000 miles, and that I shouldn't worry about it.
3. When I took it for a test drive, I noticed a "clunk" in the back when coming to a complete stop, and then again when starting again. It kinda feels like there something in the bed that's rolling around.
Well, that's about it. I'm worried about buying the truck because of the problems listed above. What do you guys think. It's a good-looking truck at a fair price - just not sure what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
#20 of 32 Rear end traction
Jan 20, 2008 (3:41 pm)
I am considering purchase of used (2002 - 2006) Ford Ranger. Will be driven primarily by my teenagers. Anyone have any experience about how well the rear end sticks to the road? I know some pick-ups can easily fish-tail. We live in northern climate, so snowy roads are occasionally part of the picture.