1993 Ford Ranger XL SuperCab 2WD 2.3 OHC Inline-4 from North America


Reliable as Dirt, Gets you where you need to go


Blower Motor Resistor (only worked on high before replacement)

Rear Brake Line.

Ignition (key didn't always work in it as both the key as ignition were worn out from high mileage)

Metal line that the coolant runs through (I am not sure of the name of the part, but it was rusting out so I replaced it)

General Comments:

Very slow even with Manual transmission. Requires clutch slippage to get going, you can't just rev the engine and let the clutch out.

Clutch also very stiff as compared to a car, stop and go traffic leaves you with a sore leg.

Gearing very tall for Motor output. Required minimum 60kph to pull 4th and 100kph to pull 5th. Below that speed the engine lugs and the entire truck shakes.

Ride very bouncy over dips in the road and crashes over potholes and bumps in the road.

Steering very light and loose. Precise control of direction on the road is not possible although it is not unsafe by any means.

The combination of Engine, Gearbox, Intake and Exhaust noise can be very tiring unless you can keep the engine under 3000rpms (which is not very often)

I may go on about all the negative points, but the fact is that this truck has been very reliable given it's high mileage. It does not burn any oil and because everything feels so strong and rough you feel like it could run forever if you can live with it.

If you are looking for a truck that is cheap to fix and has old-fashioned technology on it that never breaks then this is the truck for you.

If you want a truck with a "car like feel", don't bother, this is a real truck the way they used to be built, no compromise to comfort on this truck, it's durability and reliability first, what little comfort is offered second.

Get Studded tires and some sand bags to winter driving, handling is hazardous without them. You won't make it down a level street without going sideways or hopelessly spinning one of your tires (if you don't have LSD, I don't).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2006

1993 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 from North America


This little Ranger has been the best vehicle


Just wear and tear fixes.

General Comments:

Just about 300,000 miles and still on the original motor and transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2006

1993 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 4 cylinder from North America


The best vehicle I've ever owned..


The plastic interior components are kind of cheap, but the truck has been very solid mechanically speaking. I did have to replace the front tie rod around 120,000 miles. Everything else has been routine maintenance.

General Comments:

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It's very reliable and good on gas. I drove it from Knoxville, TN to Seattle, WA with 145,000 miles on it. The truck did great and got around 35 mpg too! It wasn't uncomfortable either. I definitely recommend this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th May, 2005

1993 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 litre V6 from North America


I will probably keep this truck till it dies


I replaced the transfer case motor at 180000 miles.

I had the head gaskets replaced along with a valve job at 196000 miles.

General Comments:

Other than the two major repairs and a few minor (normal) repairs, this has been a great truck.

The only complaint I could make (half heartedly) is the gas mileage. I average about 18 mpg. On long trips I get 20-21.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2005

24th Apr 2005, 05:48

"I will probably keep this truck until it dies" I said the same thing about my wife. I regret that decision also.

9th Jul 2006, 18:22

You may keep your Ranger a LONNNGGGG time if you keep it til it dies. Not long ago I stopped to help a young man who had the hood up on his '85 Ranger in a convenience store parking lot. He said the battery had died.

I jumped the truck off for him and while we were talking he made the comment "I guess I really need to get a new truck soon. This one has 345,000 miles on it!" I've owned 4 Rangers myself, and I've never been able to keep one long enough to have even one minor problem. The longest I ever kept one of mine was 8 years.

30th Jan 2011, 23:52

Hi, original reviewer here. My truck now has 260,000 miles & still ticking! Actually one of the valves is ticking! Lots of little things have gone wrong over the years, mainly due to moisture problems from being parked outside in the pacific northwest.

I am going to buy a Ford Focus next, because I've driven a lot of rental cars over the past few months, and I liked the Focus the best.