1987 Ford Ranger XLT 2.9 V6 from North America


It all depends on how your 87 Ranger is treated


Many things have gone wrong with my Ranger. The motor had to be replaced because of a crank problem, the transmission had to be replaced because of a bearing problem, and the clutch, power steering pump, computer and fuel pump have all had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Keeping in mind that the truck was made in 1987, it is natural that it will have problems. However, sometimes I wish that I had a Toyota instead of a Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2000

20th Apr 2003, 10:37

I totally understand where you are coming from. I also have an 87 ranger. I bought it last year for $2700. Since then I've got over $1500 worth of work done to it. Things like the water pump, starter, clutch, hubs, brakes, brake calipers, and rear cylinders have all been replaced, and just when you think you've fixed everything something else goes wrong. My most recent problem started just this week, I've got a universal joint going out in the rear drive shaft. The truck does have except millage, but after talking to certain people I've found that the truck actually has about 274000 miles on it. I'm really glad that the motor and transmission haven't gone out yet! I hope that it will last at least one more year without costing too much money!

5th Apr 2009, 11:54

I really don't see how you guys have this many problems when I treat mine about the worst anyone could treat a 87 Ranger. The hubs NEVER went out, the STARTER is original, AUTO TRANNY is original, everything but the suspension is original, apart from obvious, tune up, filters, etc.

I wheel this thing like I just stole it from the army, and they are chasing me like a dog to his tail... and it's my every day driver... 15 mpg highway BTW :)

1987 Ford Ranger from North America


I got the car used, but it still has a perfect body and paint. The engine is strong and the car takes no time at all to accelerate. The interior is really bad, but then again, it is a 1987! But hey it still runs, it has 95,000 miles on it.

General Comments:

Good truck for the money. Well built and reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 1999

26th Nov 2003, 13:27

Hey guy, I own an '87 Ranger also. It's been very good to me. The interior is fine, maybe the owner before you had weight/hygiene problem. Although this truck broke down on my once (timing belt broke), I still love it.

19th Jan 2006, 02:02

I have a 1987 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 with 392,000 km or approx 244,000 Miles on it and its still runs strong with perfect compression and it will go off road better than any full size pick up. Its my third ranger and I will run it in to the ground LOL :)

5th May 2009, 12:50

I have a '87 Ranger too. I love this thing. It won't die. Although I am having problems with the EGR at approx. 221000 miles. but this thing wheels like a damn champ. And for looks, my dash is falling apart from sun damage, but everything else is cherry. And I don't know about you guys, but I named mine (JUGGERNAUT) and no you can't name yours that LOL :)

30th May 2009, 23:19

I too have a 1987 Ford Ranger Mini Truck. My truck has been setting for 3 or 4 years because of bad motor and clutch. I bought my truck in 2001 and drove it as my work truck until the clutch went bad. Motor still runs but needs to be overhauled, body is sound. I'm considering rebuilding the truck to new standards adding some customizing along the way. I've searched several sites to get ideas but so far haven't found any, can anyone help? Feel free to e-mail me at Mmoore42652@aol.com Thanks!