1995 Ford Ranger XLT 4 CL from North America
Best vehicle ever made in the history of motorized transportation
A few minor things have plagued this truck, most of which you will not be surprised by, having read the previous entries. These include:
- Incessant door chiming / dome light
- "Quirky" wiper blades
- Check engine light
- Headliner has deteriorated to the point where looks as if someone has held an angry wet cat to it.
Some other things which have been repaired which fall under normal mechanical repairs for high mileage vehicles:
- Replaced alternator (around 100K)
- Rear brake work (around 80K)
- Cooling system work (around 130K)
If Jesus Christ himself was cruising the used car lots in search of a small truck, I would have no reservations about insisting that he not rest until he finds a '95 Ford Ranger. This truck has been totally dependable and unbelievably mechanically sound.
I'm 27 years old, and it's the only vehicle I've ever owned. Everyone else I know has had anywhere from 3-6 cars, and people that I haven't talked to in awhile are always shocked that I'm still driving the same truck. But I am, and I will continue to drive it until it is no longer drivable. By my estimates this will be sometime around never.
My girlfriend gets annoyed because every time we're out driving, I still can't help but get excited when I see another Ranger out there owning the road. The timeless styling of this classic beauty still sends shivers down my spine, and I can't help, but feel a common bond with other Ranger drivers out there. I look at them, and there's a connection. "Hey," their eyes say, "Doesn't it feel great to know that you're behind the wheel of one of the greatest feats of American engineering since the Industrial Revolution?" "Yes," I answer, "It certainly does."
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2006
28th Nov 2006, 16:44
The Ranger is, by far, the best small truck on the planet...PERIOD. Even the biased Consumer Reports rates it equal to the grossly over rated (and overpriced) Tacoma. Most guys I know who have owned Rangers have never had a single problem, and many have over 300,000 miles on them. The company my in-laws owns uses Rangers as company vehicles and some in the fleet are '93's and '94's. They don't come any more rugged or reliable than the Ranger. You did good for a first vehicle.