1988 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 2.9 V6 from North America
The most reliable truck for the money ever built
I've wanted a Ranger since I was a kid. I found mine for cheap, and I don't baby it at all.
I've had to replace valve cover gaskets, water pump, plugs, wires, distributor cap, and do a basic service.
The master cylinder blew its seal; that sucked, but beyond that this truck has been reliable and has gotten me through some tough spots, mostly at the mud holes. There's no greater feeling in the world than crawling through a mud pit after watching lifted Jeeps getting stuck.
I love my Ranger. These things were built like tanks.
The only other issue I have is the tank selector valve is 350 bucks, and you can only get it from Ford. Besides that, it's a beast.
I'm a larger guy, so the cab could be bigger, but it's not too bad for space.
Once again, it's a beast, and I've had very minor issues with it, and I beat the hell out of mine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2013
22nd Jun 2013, 00:37
I 100% agree with this. My Ranger has the same engine, but is only rear wheel drive, but I beat the hell out of it over and over again. For example, I drove it through a canyon with up to 12% uphill grades for 135 miles with a bad oil pan gasket, 2 exhaust leaks and a transmission in very bad need of a power flush, and it made it no problem.