1996 Ford Ranger XL 2.3 from North America
Driver's side bench seat started tearing, and got way worse.
Rear brake cylinder cracked off roading at 234,000.
Catalytic converter went bad/had holes at 224,000.
O2 sensors went bad around the same time.
Cylinders 2 and 3 started losing compression.
I escaped a nasty wreck in this thing with not even a scratch. The impact was so powerful, it cracked the engine block and wrinkled the tailgate (it was a head on collision BTW). I was going about 50-55.
Seats are really comfortable. They keep you in the best position for a truck, with an upright/straight back.
The Mazda M50D-R1 always shifts very smooth; synchros never went out. I'm pretty confident that the tranny would have gone 500,000 or more.
Really quick for being a 4 cylinder. For about 130HP, you really get more than what you pay for. That thing was the little engine that could. Handles like a horse off road. The I-beam suspension in the front definitely defined the quality of the truck.
I will never regret anything about it, except for that the base model came as standard without power steering or A/C.
Believe it or not, it got about 25 MPG city.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2013
The 1990s Ford Rangers were borderline bulletproof. It's sad that Ford stopped making them and opted for a much less durable restyling in 1998. Believe me, the 1998-2012 models were nothing but trouble for the most part.
There was no 2012 Ranger for public sale. Only a small number of 2012's were built for fleet sales only, likely most, if not all, bare-bones XL models.