1983 Ford Ranger Shortbed 2WD 2.4L diesel from North America
Underpowered, But Reliable
Heater Core needed to be replaced when I bought it.
Bought the truck used for $300, it had been sitting in a field for a few years so I had to go through it and give it a good tune up to get it road worthy. New glow plugs, thermostat, heater core, brakes, lights, and belts had it running. I Like the truck, but it I wish it was faster and had 4 Wheel drive. I think Ford put a way underpowered motor in this truck, It can move a heavy load, but loaded or not this truck is a real dog off the line. On the other hand it gets almost 30 MPG so it is quite cheap to drive. I know the later Diesel Rangers had turbos, I think a bigger engine with a turbo would make this truck fantastic! So far it is reliable and cheap to drive so it is working out for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st January, 2007
30th Dec 2008, 16:40
I couldn't have said it better. Reliable but...
28th Feb 2010, 08:07
I just bought a 1983 Ford Ranger Diesel (Feb.15th 2010), and it is the 2.2, and I am pretty sure they all were a 2.2 made by Perkins, and yes it is a non-turbo, runs beautifully, will not win any races, but get currently 30mpg. But I plan to drop the gearing in it a bit due to the fact it struggles on hills, but not until I get the proper size tires on it first. Currently someone put over sized 4X4 alloy wheels off of a Bronco II on it, and it is not working out very well for me, IMO. I got my foot into it all the way all the time.
Pretty cool little truck to restore and play with. I have owned 6 Rangers, and this is the first one that I have touched with a factory diesel in it.