1990 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 from North America
Great truck for a high school / college student.
Started to misfire @ 2000 RPM under load. Checked the plugs, gap was excessive. These plugs appeared to be OEM (@ 135000 miles). Replaced both the plugs and plug wires. Symptoms disappeared.
Brakes felt "mushy" @ 128000 miles, investigated and found a very small leak @ a rustued fitting just above the differential. Replaced the brake lines with new, brakes are restored.
A/C compressor was siezed when we bought it, previous owner stated a shop wanted over $800 to repair. Even though I know I could o it for less, A/C is not needed that badly.
Body fit and finish very good. The clear coat on the (red) hood is flaking, exposing the dull red below. No real necessity to repaint.
Surprisingly the fuel economy is much better than expected. At highway speeds it averages >25MPG. I had an 85 2.3 liter and was disappointed with the fuel economy. The 2 plugs per cylinder design likely helps with the extra power (over the 85) and better economy.
Disappointing is this body style made the cab slightly smaller than the previous. The seats are more comfortable (XLT package) but the leg and head room is reduced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2004