1997 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L from North America


Extremely reliable, but underpowered


The interior light does not shut off sometimes. However with by spraying WD-40 on the door hinge the problem is all gone. In the extreme cold in Canada the speedo did not work, but after driving a couple of Kilometers the speedo was back to working.

General Comments:

Overall the truck is more than I expected. It is extemely reliable, but underpowered. When comparing with other makes the ranger was the best reliability for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2003

1997 Ford Ranger XL 3.0 from North America


Great truck!


Engine light came on, appears to be emissions related. A friend of mine is an auto technician. Hooked up a Snap on diagnostic computer to it and came to the conclusion that it's an oxygen sensor of sorts. Interior light would not shut off so, I removed the bulb. Electronic 4X4 selection button seems to not be working a couple of times on me. I noticed on a long trip that the 4X4 high and low lights were flashing just before the 4X4 did not work. I have not been able to get my friend to diagnose this problem yet. The door ajar light stays on even when the doors are closed properly, again... my friend said this was due to a faulty switch. A sudden jerk appears at highway speeds at times... my friend this this is due to fuel being cut off suddenly again, due to a emissions or fuel component. Tracing this down now.

General Comments:

Over all.. the truck has been bullet proof. I've owned 3 Rangers previously 87 STX 4X4 Supercab w/2.9 L, and 93 standard cab 4X2 (With a 2.3 4 cyl, which I would NEVER recommend to anyone due to the fact that it is so underpowered)

Overall...great trucks if you are willing to accept the fact that no one builds a perfect vehicle...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2003

15th Jan 2011, 00:08

Proud owner of a very used 1997 Regular Cab standard shift four wheel drive. I only paid $800.00 for this truck, and invested a little under $300.00 to make it road worthy.

Dash lights and cab lights do not work, but the 3.0 power plant and 5 speed transmission more than make up for a few lights.

This truck averages 15 MPG highway with the hubs locked in, and keeps up off-road very well with my best friend's 2008 SJX Jeep.

Really like this FORD!

15th Jan 2011, 11:38

I've owned 4 Rangers. All were flawless. I was sad to see Ford stop production of them this year. They were the best small truck ever built.

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L 6 cylinder from North America


A solid buy for a small truck


Cruise control went out about 24,000 miles. Dealer fixed it for free.

Auto transmission jerks going into and out of 1st gear. Currently being looked at by dealer. - 57,200 miles.

General Comments:

This is a great truck. Engine power is good. The truck came loaded and all the gadgets are working fine. Cloth seats are still in great shape. 4x4 has always worked well. It helped me pull a Chevy full-size truck and his boat out of the sand when his 4x4 gave out.

Visibility out of the cab is not good though. The roofline on the windshield is lower than on my Nissan PU and the side columns are wide. With the larger tires, the higher center-of-gravity causes the truck to rock violently when going over bumps.

Besides the work by the dealer listed above, only routine filter and fluid changes have been done. Reliability has been impressive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 4 cylinder, 2.3L. from North America


Great economical truck at a reasonable price


Dome light always stayed on from about 20,000 miles, tore out.

Water leaks through back window, but not too bad.

Check engine light went on at 35,000 miles, had to pay $350 for something to do with the emissions system.

Back of truck is too light, sand bags help reduce the sliding and jumping on the freeway.

Only about 20 miles per gallon, from a 4 cylinder, expected more.

Drivers side door handle will not open from outside, occurred around 50,000 miles, so I go in from the passenger side.

Alignment tends to get out of whack awfully easily.

Not much speed until around third gear.

Had 5 flat tires in first 20,000 miles, must have been the Firestone tires???

General Comments:

Great reliable truck.

Would move up to F-150 from here.

Good looking and drives well for what it is.

Wish the seat went back further as I catch up on lots of sleep in my truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2002

13th Mar 2005, 23:13

It's a 1/4ton truck, of course the rear end is going to be light. that's just the way it is.