2000 Ford Ranger XLT 2.5L
Very reliable truck with the 2.5L
Replaced the stuck open engine thermostat last year.
Driver side seat frame broke a small support bar inside.
Tail gate never latched properly on one side, so I installed my own sliding bar hardware so it would not fall open.
Paint along the roof seam above the doors started pealing within the first year. Same thing on the back of the hood.
I did not consider any of these problems a big deal, even though I purchased it new. Never brought it back to the dealer for anything.
I like this extended cab truck, which I have now owned for 10 years. It has the 2.5L engine with 68K miles.
I have a manual transmission with a 4:10 rear axle. It seems like there is a lot of shifting without going very far with this axle, but it makes up for that by climbing hills easily.
The 2.5L engine is fine to move this somewhat heavy truck, until you load it to the max with retaining wall blocks. Then it's best to take back roads if possible, rather than the freeway.
At one time, the truck sat for two years, and then started right up with a battery jump start. Very reliable engine.
I have only changed the oil about 3 times, but the engine does not seem to care, and still runs smooth and quiet.
I have kept this vehicle longer than any other so far. It is fun to drive, reliable, tough, and useful.
The compact size is just right for my needs. I will be sorry to see it discontinued. Although the new 2011 F-150 is looking pretty good with the V6 engine and 300hp. I may be tempted to trade in my Ranger on one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2010