2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0


Tough on/ off road truck. A pleasure to drive, but very thirsty


Nothing - It has never broken down.

However the vacuum system that connects the front drive to give four wheel drive was malfunctioning. It would go into lower gear range, and this confused me into thinking that the traction was functioning.

I soon realised that I didn't have 4x4 drive when it got stuck climbing a muddy hill. Got out by building tracks with rocks, lumber and corrugated tin!

Anyway I replaced the vacuum hubs with manual locking (rugged ridge) ones, which are excellent.

General Comments:

It's a very strong truck, steel panels are noticeably thicker than my previous Nissan Hardbody.

It's unstoppable offroad; climbs high ridges with a confident swagger. Hauls full loads of timber and sometimes rocks up the muddy hill to the farm no sweat - but burns mucho bencina in the process.

On road it drives like a car: smooth, powerful and fast.

The four litre engine is quite thirsty - never gets more than 18 miles per gallon. On the plus side, it's got the power you need and it's pretty indestructible.

Very comfortable cabin - useful air con. Very durable grey hard plastic lined interior.

A great work truck, but too expensive on gas for long distance trips and commuting. I think I need another vehicle to fill that role.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2012