Never will own anything other than a Ford
Replaced the clutch at 132k.
Replaced the starter at 145k.
Replaced the radiator at 170k.
Replaced the rear drum brakes at 178k.
Other than routine maintenance, the four things I have listed above are the ONLY things I have ever done to repair this "invincible" Ford Ranger. I bought it new in 1997, and traded in my 1989 Ranger, still running strong, with 304k miles, which I also bought new. My 97 Ranger doesn't burn or leak oil, gets the same fuel mileage as when it was brand new, and has never, and I mean never, left me stranded. Always starts on the first crank, never has spit, sputtered, or showed any signs of quitting. This is the 4x4 model with the off-road package, and all the transfer case components still work like a charm.
The engine itself is a powerhouse. I have pulled many extremely heavy things that a compact pickup should never pull, yet it has done it without any hesitation. And getting 24 mpg highway/19 city, what more could a guy ask for?
The 89 Ranger was my first vehicle I purchased myself after high school, and drove it 2 states away to college, where I racked up 180k of the 304k I put on it. This 97 I will keep driving til she blows, and I expect another 200-300k miles. I will always stick with Ford because I haven't a reason in the world not to.
Here are some other interesting mileage facts about Fords:
My grandma owns a 2000 Taurus, 270k
My dad, 1995 F-150, 340k
My mom, 1998 Escort, 240k
My friend: 1998 F-150, 250k
My college professor: 1999 Taurus, 355k.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2009