1987 Ford Ranger XLT 2.9 V6 from North America
Quick and efficient!
Front springs when I got it.
Front brake lines when I got it.
Rear spring hangers when I got it.
Exhaust rotted off.
Clutch slipping badly.
Heater core leaked.
All I can really say is Ford knew what they were doing.
It was a fixer-upper, but it was well worth it!
The 2.9L V6 was actually pretty beastly, although it could use a little more low end torque. I passed up many a vehicle with ease on the highway.
I beat this truck up and down back roads at 85 mph, and it didn't even break a sweat! It could have EASILY beaten my brother's 89 Camaro V6 5 speed.
The 5 speed was awesome, except the 3rd and 5th gear syncronizers were starting to let go, and it would pop out of gear occasionally.
Hauled loads that I wouldn't even think about putting in a similar compact truck!
Ride was STIFF after new springs and new overloads in the rear... it was a back jarring experience on a bumpy road, but it had fairly good handling for having the twin I beam front suspension!
It had purple tint, and the ladies thought it looked sexy.
Custom paint that turned from blue to green in the sunlight.
Handled snow very well (with the help of a 150lb block of wood above the axle).
I just wish I didn't burn up the clutch in it... I'd still be driving it today!
Worst gas mileage I got was 18mpg. Best was 25mpg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2011