Was better looking than the 73 with big bumpers, until I crashed it
The gear indicator did not tell you what gear you were actually in.
Seat material ripped and needed to be recovered.
Some rust started in the lower rear quarters.
This Ranchero was black with a green interior. 351 V8 was powerful and reliable. It handled well for a truck, and the disc brakes worked very good. Taking off quickly would result in tire spin because of the light rear end.
I mentioned the gear indicator didn't tell you the correct gear, well that led me to shift into reverse at highway speed because I thought I was in Low 1. The rear axle locked and it went into a skid and I crashed it into a ditch. It slid down the ditch, hit a culvert, flew through the air and into a tree. I was not hurt, but the Ranchero was badly crunched. Sold it to Owl's auto parts in Nebraska for $200 and they chopped it up.
It still ran and drove (not well) even with the front end bashed in the shape of large tree.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2011