1996 Ford Ranger Splash 4.0 V6 from North America
Nothing has really gone wrong with the truck. Just some of the usual items.
Head gaskets replaced 4 times now; I can do it blindfolded.
Front ball joints, but mainly due to driving habits and local road upkeep.
Transmission is still original, as is the engine.
Replaced the power steering gear box at 325000 miles.
One of those vehicles that as long as you take care of it, it'll take care of you. I've also replaced the rocker arms due to them wearing out over time. Body is in great shape; only rust out I had was back bottom corner of driver's side on the cab. The bed fenders are fiberglass so no issues with them rusting out on me. I have had to replace the radiator as well, I forget when that occurred.
The rear main seal has finally developed a slight drip of sorts. I also had to replace the radio due to the buttons wearing off. The key is worn down to a blank with a curve put into it, and I've considered replacing the locks and ignition switch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th March, 2020
31st Mar 2020, 18:25
I owned a 1994 B4000. It was a great truck.
You have been doing a great job keeping yours going.
May I suggest replacing the heads the next time it needs head gaskets?
One of mine (passenger) had a tiny crack in it that caused coolant leak into the rear cylinder, and this caused one spark plug to foul and cause brief hesitation on acceleration.
You may also try radiator stop leak if you are using a small amount of coolant.
Those heads were notorious for cracking. Someone tested several from the salvage yard and they were all cracked.