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.

General Comments:

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

2000 Ford Ranger LX Trailhead


A beast!


Not a single thing.

General Comments:

This truck is not fast by any means, but it starts up every time, and gets me where I need to go.

I have never owned a Ford product before. After this Ranger I am sold on Ford. This is my 11th vehicle and 3rd truck.

This Ranger is a Trailhead version, which means it has a 3" lift from factory. As far as I know, the Trailhead version is quite rare. The Trailhead predates the EDGE.

AT 170,000 thousand miles this truck runs amazing, idles perfectly and shifts overall well. A VERY basic truck; this Ranger doesn't even have carpet, but it does have a tachometer, which is a plus. I am very happy with the purchase.

BTW, 3.0L Flex and a 5-spd.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2010

2000 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 6 cylinder




I have replaced the brakes 2 times.

General maintenance and a few tune ups.

New tires.

Average care of vehicle - not hard on it.

Overall I was pretty happy with the truck, although the check engine light and ABS lights have been off and on since about 25,000 miles. Had that fixed and looked at a couple times.

Somewhere around the 70,000 mark, things started going wrong and it seems I am always in for something! Air conditioner, fuel gauge.... Now the transmission is slipping and I have to decide if I should replace it or not.

Cheaper than a new vehicle, but not if the headaches are going to continue, or I need another transmission after the warranty is up!

Not sure what to do, but after reading many comments, I think I should get rid of it! Ugh.

General Comments:

Not sure what to do. It feels like a money pit and I am a sucker! How long should a transmission last?

I thought my Mazda was a piece of crap, but in retrospect, I barely did a thing with that car, except beat the heck out of it and give it timely oil changes until it about died around 190,000. I knew not to fix it, and got my now Ford Ranger. Oops!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd February, 2010