1997 Ford Ranger Reviews - Page 4 of 13

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3L from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance187000 miles

Summary:

I have driven vehicles for 40 years and it is one of the most favorite trucks I have ever had

Faults:

Windshield wipers come on occasionally without prompting.

Dome light switch broke.

Center console broke off the seat.

Driver seat settled on left side. Spring weakened.

General Comments:

My ranger has had outstanding reliability over 10.5 years of steady driving.

Minimum maintenance has been required. No unpredictable problems over the years. Simply replaced the battery, tires, fluids, air cleaner occasionally, etc.

With the 5 speed manual I have received excellent MPG over the years, 25-28 MPG.

It is underpowered and I have to peddle hard on hills or in passing traffic. Not a lot of zip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2007

1997 Ford Ranger XL 4.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ford Ranger

Summary:

Best little truck I've owned

Faults:

I've had to replace the brakes twice - which is expected I guess given the 150K I put on it; most recently had to spring $1800 to replace a part in the clutch. That within two years of rebuilding the clutch.

General Comments:

I've been very happy with this little truck. It's stood up well under the bad winter conditions we have. I'd buy another one excpet go 4x4 next time. The extended cab is a bonus. My kid wants to buy it from me, but I'm hanging on a while longer. I couldn't replace it for the 3K he wants to pay for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2007

1997 Ford Ranger XL 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired321960 miles
Most recent distance333633 miles

Summary:

Great long lasting investment

Faults:

The serpentine belt flew off a little under 100,000 miles (easy fix, bad belt). The transmission followed later at about 220,000 miles. There is a light clunking noise caused by a bad rubber boot coming from the suspension connection to the frame. The water pump went out at 329,000, and the truck did break down once when it had about 280,000 miles on it. My dad had it back running within an hour of it breaking down along the highway, and he is not that knowledgeable about cars. I do not know to this day what caused that. Nothing went wrong with the interior except for the bench seat has a dip in it on the drivers side, and a crack in the middle of it. Other things that have gone wrong are routine maintenance.

General Comments:

My ranger handles very well for the mileage it has. I would still consider this to be a good cruising truck. It drives as straight as an arrow if you let your hand off the steering wheel going 75.

The truck is very solid. Even with over 300,000 miles, my ranger handled like a charm when I had it up to 110mph in a race. No complaints with the way this truck was built.

I trust this truck to get me where I need to go, near or far, the only problem is my mom doesn't. The only reason I got a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis to replace my 97 Ranger is so my mom will quit worrying if my truck will get me to my destinations. I will leave this truck sit for now, because if I sold it, I wouldn't get what it is really worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2006

8th Jan 2007, 09:48

There are no better small trucks than the Ranger. That's why virtually every company on the planet that uses small trucks chooses Ranger. Going 300,000 miles on a Ranger with no problems is very typical. They are inexpensive to purchase, are very comfortable, get awesome gas mileage and require virtually zero maintenance. The 4's do require timing belts at around 120,000 miles (the manual says 60,000, but you can easily double that), but the all-iron 3.0 can go 300,000 miles with nothing but tires, batteries, oil changes and air filters. Since 1992 I've had both the 4 and the 3.0. Neither ever required a single repair ever.

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 liter from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired152 miles
Most recent distance201015 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

The best truck I've ever owned!

Faults:

At approximately 197,000 miles, I needed to have a power-steering hose replaced.

I replaced the exhaust and the rear shocks once.

The front brake pads needed replacement for the first and only time at about 120,000 miles, but 90% of my driving has been on the highway.

I also had trouble with the interior light staying on all the time. I replaced an $8 relay under the passenger side dashboard and this seemed to fix the problem... for about 3 weeks. I ended up unplugging the relay permanently and got used to living without the interior light. It still worked if I manually turned the light on and off.

I occasionally had a small leak in the clutch fluid reservoir, but if I checked the level at each oil change, it never turned into a big problem. I only needed to add about an ounce of DOT 3 brake fluid every few months.

General Comments:

So far, I haven't driven a more reliable vehicle than this. Even after 201,000 miles, I have so much faith in this truck that I wouldn't hesitate to drive this truck from coast to coast if I needed to. I wouldn't even worry if I left my Triple-A card and cell phone at home on such a long trip.

A great 2WD truck, averaging over 28 miles per gallon on the highway, that could only have used a few extra horses under the hood. It was a little under-powered, but I wasn't really disappointed since I knew what I was getting into with a 4 cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2006

8th Jan 2007, 21:18

You got a good truck dude. The 4 is not fast, but they'll run forever. Last year I saw a guy at a convenience store with the hood up on his old Ranger and asked if he needed help. He said his battery had died and he needed a jump. He then said it was about time to start having a few problems, as his Ranger had 358,000 miles on it!! I've never kept one THAT long, but my last one (a '93 XLT 4-cylinder) was 7 years old when I sold it and had never had a single repair.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 47 reviews