1995 Ford Ranger Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1995 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 efi from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 efi Manual
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger


Very dependable


Replaced starter at 105,000 miles.

Horn doesn't work even though the fuse is fine.

Lumbar on the driver's seat sometimes doesn't work.

Had to replace rear shackles at 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

4.0 engine is very powerful. Truck is very fast for a truck.

A lot of towing power. I have towed an F250 with my Ranger.

20-22 miles per gallon.

All of the power equipment like power windows and locks have never failed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2005

1995 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance236000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger


Never owned a more reliable truck


I don't know where to begin with electrical problems...

You turn on the high beams, the headlights cut out completely.

The dome light shorts itself out and burns up every bulb I put in it.

No dash lights whatsoever, although I have the idea that might just be burnt out bulbs.

My horn does not work, although the fuse is just fine.

The door ajar light is forever on, and the check gauge light flickers on and off at it's own convenience.

General Comments:

Very dependable, not once has it ever failed me. Considering the high mileage, this truck is in amazing mechanical shape.

The only cost of running that I have is an oil change every 5000 kilometers.

Structurally a strong truck, I cut the roof off and made it a convertible, everything is holding up great, and the dome light is no longer an issue!

One big complaint is power, I have to down shift just to keep speed on the slightest hill. Put any weight in it and just forget about the hills. 4 cylinder defintely too small for the truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2005

3rd Feb 2006, 21:54

Its impossible to get 400+ horsepower and 500+ torque from a 2.3 4 cylinder. No matter what turbos of superchargers you put on there. The engine could not handle that stress while producing numbers like that, also I highly doubt that the engine has enough moving mass to make that much torque. Granted you may have better engine specs with those upgrades, you are in no way, ever going to achieve those numbers.

9th Nov 2009, 20:04

I bought this truck used about a year ago... So far it's been great... A bit under powered, and it is is virtually void of storage space and leg space for the passenger, in that the glove box cannot open without hitting the passenger in the legs... Given that, I otherwise, really like the truck...

1995 Ford Ranger Gold Edition 4.0 V6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance186000 miles
Previous carToyota Landcruiser


It's an awesome four wheel drive vehicle, but it needs heavy repairs every year


Clutch needed replacement at 90,000 miles and again at 180,000 miles. Needs new master cylinder at 186,000.

Radiator needed replacement at 120,000 miles.

Heater core needed replacement at 120,000 and needs it again at 186,000.

Drivers side window needed replacement due to track problems at 120,000.

Replaced thermostat several times, but needs another new one.

Speedometer has had problems reading accurately at higher speeds most of the time I've had the vehicle.

Tires need replaced every year at a cost of about $500. They spin in the rear due to a light rear end and the power steering grinds the rubber off in the front.

Needed heavy transmission work at 120,000 miles.

It needs about $2400 a year in repairs.

The rear end slides even on dry pavement because the rear end is so light compared to the front end. This is even more tricky on wet pavement and snow.

The air conditioning started to stick on at 120,000 miles so I disconnected it, although it still works.

The four wheel drive doesn't engage all of the way sometimes and it knocks badly when the shifter is not in a perfect position.

General Comments:

The interior has stayed in great shape despite heavy wear.

The four wheel drive has worked very well.

Plenty of power left in the engine.

I've hauled a lot of heavy loads and some trailers.

This vehicle would compare to a lifted Jeep Wrangler for off-road use. I have taken it too many extreme places where only wranglers with 33 inch tires go. I only have the stock size tires. This is one of the best off-road vehicles I've ever driven. It takes rough roads at high speeds and makes the bumps smooth. It's hard to get this truck stuck, but it slides off the trail easily because it is light in the rear. I prefer this vehicle over all others for long distance driving coupled with four-wheeling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2004

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 31 reviews