1997 Ford Ranger Reviews - Page 9 of 13

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance140721 miles

Summary:

Ford built tough! for sure!

Faults:

This truck is great!

With 140721 miles, the only thing I have replaced is the Radiator.

I can tell now that I need to change the shocks. Feeling all the bumps already.

A/C still not working.

Wipe turns on by itself.

Seems like some kind of circuit board problem.

General Comments:

This 4X2 is an awsome truck.

My dad told me not to get a Ford because they don't last as long as the imports.

Boy! was he wrong.

4 years into my truck, only replaced the brakes twice myself; had the radiator replace by my best Mechanic.

Total cost in repairs from Dec99-currentDec03 $353.43.

What do you guys think of that?

Gas is awsome; I ride this truck 72 miles each day, 6 days a week. Range on it is about 333 miles for one full tank. Again just thinking about these numbers makes me happy.

I haven't fixed my A/C on it because I really don't use it that much. Even during the summer when highs were about 90degrees, I was still fine with the windows down.

Guess what I change my oil every 7000 miles not 3000.

I would recommend this truck to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2003

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21114 miles
Most recent distance47450 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

This particular vehicle is for the birds (due in part to the problem)

Faults:

At 28500 the window on the drivers side wouldn't go back up unless I hit the side of the door. Finally had the problem fixed. Works great now. The other problem my truck has is not starting when it is hot. It will turn over and die out right away. The dealer mechanics can find nothing wrong with the truck. Other mechanics can find no reason why my truck does this. I would not buy another ford truck. I didn't buy the truck new so I expected to come across some problems. But to encounter a problem that not one single mechanic knows what is wrong with is bad news. It seems like it might be the fuel pump, but again no one really knows. For this very reason the Ford Ranger XLT is a disgrace to the Ford family of vehicles.

General Comments:

The inside of the vehicle is very comfortable.

I like the extra cab for putting groceries there, etc.

Handles the KY roads very well. (lots of curves)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

18th Feb 2007, 07:05

About the Ford Ranger starting problems when hot... Have you replaced the starter with a non Ford variety? The Ford starters are more heavy duty and well shielded against engine heat. I had a Ford truck with a similar problem and found out that while the non Ford starter worked great when it was cold, the minute the engine got warm it would do the similar things, and in fact often would not start at all. To make things fit in the engine compartment, Ford sometimes has to put the starter too close to the engine. Hope this helps!

1997 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Good value and reliable for small truck

Faults:

At 67,000 miles the transmission went. Had it rebuilt and 5,000 miles later it has developed a leak. Transmission work is not cheap on these trucks and leaks seem common.

The camber casting bushings and outer radius insulators have been replaced. Also a common thing on these trucks.

The dome light will not turn off, so I pulled the fuse.

A small leak has developed in the rear sliding window.

I have also done minor things such as battery, tune up, and brakes, but this is common with any vehicle.

General Comments:

I am glad to have the 3.0 which seems to have good power.

Most of the mileage has been long trips (200-300 miles nonstop) and it has been very dependable. The seats are a bit uncomfortable on long journeys though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2003

1997 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7609 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

An extremely reliable (and cute) little truck

Faults:

I removed the bulb in the dome light at around 70,000 miles because it wouldn't shut off.

The heater control valve had to be replaced at approximately 75,000 miles.

The alternator was replaced last spring.

The timing belt broke at 175,000 miles, but I admit it was my fault for never having changed it.

The oxygen sensor and EGR valve are both currently scheduled for replacement.

General Comments:

My previous Ranger was returned under FL lemon law statutes, so it took quite a bit of convincing to get me into another one. This truck has been extremely reliable, and will probably be the best quality vehicle I will ever own in this price range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

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