1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 from North America
What a great, reliable, low maintenance, rock solid truck
Replaced water pump, thermostat, and radiator at 145k miles. Did my own repairs. All parts together were not over $180.
Replaced oil sending unit; was dripping oil all over the side of engine. Was a $15 fix.
It's not fast, but is the best truck I've ever owned.
Have not had to touch the 5 speed transmission since I bought the truck.
AC quit 5 months after I bought it. A/C pump failed, but I just roll down both windows and use the sliding rear window; works great :-)
I would recommend a 4 cylinder 5 speed Ford Ranger to any one that wants a cheap, reliable, easy to work on truck.
I will buy a brand new Ranger when this one dies one day. I think it has another 50,000 miles left!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th November, 2011
1st Dec 2011, 22:54
I have two 97 models, both are 4 cylinder 5 speed; it's an excellent combo.
One truck has 189,000, and we haven't done much to it; water pump and oil sending unit, both cheap fixes.
My other one has 70k; the only thing needed to date were brakes and a timing belt. Great on gas, good on the pocket book.