1996 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L from North America

Summary:

A good truck to play around in

Faults:

The antenna cable quit working.

Rusting pretty bad underneath.

General Comments:

The truck handles pretty good.

Its good off road.

I would think though that it would have a little more power for have a 4.0L.

The A/C actually makes me cold on very hot days.

It needs a little more weight on the back end; it seems like every time I pull out, it peels out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2008

1996 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 from North America

Summary:

The truck proved itself very reliable, efficient, and fun to drive!

Faults:

At 120,000 replaced front rotors, pads, exhaust, shocks, timing belt, and alternator.

At 140,000 replaced u-joints on drive shaft.

At 145,000 air bag light came on.

At 150,000 replace front coil springs.

At 156,000 replaced rear spring shackles (rear set).

At 158,000 replaced rear spring shackles (front set).

At 159,000 replaced thermostat housing and t-stat.

At 160,000 replace right upper and lower ball joints.

At 161,000 replaced rear drums and pads.

General Comments:

The items that were replaced were due to normal wear and tear to the vehicle.

The truck has a 2.3 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. It proves itself quick and responsive in traffic.

I would not settle for an automatic with a 4 cylinder.

Kept up on regular oil changes... engine does not burn oil.

The truck is very reliable and fuel efficient.

It can go approx. 406 miles on a tank of gas.

The vehicle is a little light in the rear end for winter driving. Weight in the rear end with a set of good tires does the trick.

Never had trouble with the engine or transmission.

Truck handles great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2008

1996 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 from North America

Summary:

I love this truck, and if it weren't for the gas mileage, I'd hold onto it forever

Faults:

The transmission went out at about 205K miles, but honestly I expect that from any car with that kind of mileage.

The throttle cable came loose at 210k miles just recently, but it took me about 10 minutes to fix and I'm no mechanic.

Auto locking 4x4 hubs had to be replaced. No idea when they went bad.

General Comments:

This is a burly truck for its size; turning and handling exceeded my expectations.

Surprisingly quick.

4x4 works fantastic for mud and snow.

A great truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2008

1996 Ford Ranger XL from North America

Summary:

Past its prime

Faults:

Everything went wrong at the same time.

Had it fixed; I don't even remember what the first item was. In the end, we spent months and thousands on a truck that was not worth it.

Replaced clutch, spark plugs, fuel lines, fuel tank, multiple sensors, gaskets, transmission rebuilt, engine partially rebuilt, computer system, alternator, starter, and I know I am forgetting more. One day it just started misfiring. Next thing I know I got a call saying it's now this and this. Towed it to another mechanic, and he said the same thing, so I had him fix things. It is still not running because now it's this and this. Towed it to another mechanic he said the same thing, but now it's also this and this. All together 3 mechanics in small repair shops and 6 mechanics in a large one and it took forever. Because of the nature and the order things failed, I had to keep buying some things over and over, like the clutch, spark plugs, alternator, and starter.

General Comments:

Nice cheap truck when we bought it.

First few years all minor repairs.

Still doesn't drive right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

20th Feb 2008, 10:58

No way to know if the problems are just from high mileage.

1996 Ford Ranger from North America

Summary:

Great Truck

Faults:

The Cam sensor was a very poor design and almost all that I saw were broken.

General Comments:

Was great truck other than sensor,this was my second I6 ranger first was a 1987 I6 also and I got 489755 miles out of it before it died.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2007

1996 Ford Ranger from North America

Summary:

I will NEVER EVER buy another ford

Faults:

Brakes sticking, brake lights randomly lighting, AC knob broke off, headlight knob broke behind the dash, constantly overheating, fuel gauge sender broken twice in 6 months (fuel gauge not working), starter went bad, clutch replaced, stick shift knob fell off.

All of this WELL BEFORE the 50K miles mark.

General Comments:

Gas mileage is terrible for a 4 cylinder. My 1971 VW bus gets better mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th September, 2006

27th May 2009, 13:56

I get ~450 kms per tank, only problem I have is rusty leaf spring mounts.

3rd Mar 2012, 02:02

I am thinking of starting a lawn service. What would be the recommendable weight limit for the 2.3L 4 cylinder?