1992 Ford Ranger 4x4 reg cab 2.9L from North America


Great buy


Freeze plug fell out at 295000 $1.

Rebuilt starter at 320000 $90.

New u-joint on drive shaft at 320000 $15.

New starter at 335000 $180.

Heater works poorly.

Push button 4x4 can take couple pushes.

Locking hubs can freeze in on or off position.

U-joints on front wheels need replacing.

General Comments:

Not much power, good mileage for a truck, 10L/100km.

For the mileage, age and purchase price this car has been great. I've owned some beaters and they all been great. these older vehicles usually have less items to brake down, less cost to fix, and likely broke down on a previous owner.

If your at as mechanical is me, my listed problems could me more annoying to you. the truck has never left me stranded. etests are prefect. the rust is the death of this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2007

1992 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 from North America


Hope my next little truck works out this well!


Exhaust has been replaced 4 times and needs to be done again.

3 complete brake jobs since I've had it.

Head gasket blew at 45000 miles.

Air conditioning went out at about 60,000 miles - probably from no use.

"Automatic" (electric) front hubs went out at 70000 miles. Replaced with aftermarket manual hubs.

Rear brake line rusted through at 85000 miles.

Rear bumper has major rust issue.

Some paint peeling on the rocker panels and wheel-wells.

4-wheel drive actuator switch (electric) replaced at 110000 miles.

General Comments:

Overall this has been a solid and dependable vehicle. Repairs have been within my expectations for a 4x4 vehicle used daily in a wet coastal environment. The 4.0 L engine has good performance with (I'm told) comparable gas mileage to the smaller V6s.

First thing I did was put two stage leaf springs and shocks in the rear so I could tow a 3500 lb boat - I did that for several years, but would not recommend it. Along with many highway miles, this truck has also hauled many cords of firewood, towed a 17 foot travel trailer up to 5500 feet, and spent a good deal of time off-road, yet still looks surprisingly good.

The ride has always been good (car-like) with plenty of room in front for my 6' 2" 240 lb frame. I have the 60/40 seat, so 3 close friends can and have traveled in front. Back "seat" is OK for small kids, groceries, and dogs - but not recommended for adults or teens en route to football practice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

4th Mar 2008, 18:46

I just bought a 1991 Ford Ranger STX 4.0L 4x4 from a friend.

The first thing I did was I went up to my normal mechanic to check all the liquids and do an oil change, and he said he wasn't sure why, but the radiator was completely dry. So he refilled it and I went on my way. Well it worked fine for about 3 weeks; when I checked the radiator myself again and it was bone dry, only it wasn't leaking anywhere, so I refilled it and then went on my way.

Then about 2 weeks after that I was on my way to church and the motor blew, so I stopped in a parking lot and saw that I had blown a rod through the side of the block. So I had my dad tow me back up to my mechanic, and after about 2 days he called me and said there was a crack in the block, which was allowing the radiator fluid go into the oil pan, which flooded the motor, making it so that I had no compression. So I had to pay $400 to get the same motor out of the junkyard, and $1,200 for my mechanic to order all the other parts and to put it in.

So I'm extremely dissatisfied with my Ranger so far.

18th Jan 2012, 18:21

I have had terrible problems with my Ranger as well.

18th Nov 2014, 18:27

Sounds to me like your friend ripped you off. There's no way he wouldn't have known the issue before selling it to you. Sounds like he abused the truck to me.