Ford Ranger Review from Chile

2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review