1997 Ford Ranger Reviews - Page 6 of 13

1997 Ford Ranger XLT Super Cab 2.3 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Extremely good deal

Faults:

All of these things needed to be fixed when I bought the truck.

Transmission had been worked on before and keepers were left out. This caused metal shavings which got into the bearings and tore up synchronizers.

Changed clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and slave cylinder while tranny was out (these were not bad yet, but changed them anyway to save work later).

Bulbs were missing from dome light due to door latch switch. Put bulbs in and sprayed the switch, works fine now.

Gas tank leaked, fuel pump gasket was put in wrong.

Whoever changed the spark plugs last evidently didn't think the extra four plugs were necessary and didn't change them, The electrodes were burned completely out. I changed all eight and got a large increase in power.

Once in a while the wipers come on by themselves, not bad enough to work on yet. Just turn the switch on and back off and they behave for a while.

Heater control valve was stuck closed, easy and cheap to change.

There is a large hole cut in the bed above the fuel pump and covered with a bed liner (found it when I stepped in it).

General Comments:

Whoever had this truck before was either an idiot or had one for a mechanic because most of the problems were caused by stupid mistakes (tranny, gas leak, spark plugs, and hole in bed).

I live in the Ozark Mountains where the roads look like a roller coaster, the truck handles the hills and curves just fine and runs with the traffic on the interstate. Everyone complains about the lack of power from the four cylinder. If you want power, get a bigger engine. Personally I would rather saved gas at these prices.

I only gave $1800 and my old rusted out, oil dumping and knocking gas hog for this little truck. Not a bad deal even with the repairs considering the lower insurance and large difference in gas mileage and oil consumption. I used to get about 15 miles per gallon if I really babied the old truck, now I get about 25.

This truck uses no oil, which is extremely good considering the mileage (the old one used a quart every 200 miles).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2005

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3 four cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 four cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Most recent distance299035 miles

Summary:

Great Truck

Faults:

Drivers side motor mount went bad. Easy fix.

The dreaded dome light had been staying on. That was an easy fix, as you all know.

The heater switch coil, for the fan speed, is bad. I can't seem to get the clip off no matter what I spray on it or pry it with.

General Comments:

I definitely love my ranger, it has really been a very reliable truck.

My only problem with it is that the power from the engine really fluctuates depending on the weather. Seeing how the 2.3 doesn't have much to work with it really kind of becomes a hassle. Especially when you need the power.

I tend to have more power when the bed is loaded down. Seems odd, but that's when I really need it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2005

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired157 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Great little truck that I give high marks to

Faults:

I am on my third battery.

I am also on my third thermostat.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable vehicle. I have had no problems in the 7 years I have owned.

I would reconsider the camel interior color for "truck" type vehicles as the color seems to hold/show dirt. The interior is well thought out and everything is within reach. The seats are very comfortable. I have the long wheel base extended cab and the ride is very car like.

The one flaw may be in the 2.3L engine. While very reliable, it does not have a lot of horsepower to spare. Matched to the 5 speed manual it runs OK. I can always keep it in a power band.

I would recommend this truck as a first car for kids (dual airbags, anti-lock brakes) as well as a second car for a family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2005

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