1998 Ford Ranger XL 2.5L gas 4 cylinder from North America
Nice little parts hauler
Rack and pinion went out. Replaced by dealership, along with PS pump. Tune-up & oil/filter change performed, by request, at that time also.
Clutch recently went out. Local mechanic R&R + flywheel resurface. New brakes also installed at that time.
To be fair, since the above repair/maintenance has been performed, I've run into a couple of former owners of my truck, and the overall impression I've been left with is that the truck was basically "rode hard and put away wet" by these people.
I don't plan on treating it in that manner.
The above repairs were bound to happen, and were probably why the truck was for sale in the first place.
On top of the above repairs, I've since replaced all the tires, and have purchased new wheels and snow tires for the winter months.
I now feel the truck is back to "ship shape" and seems to be running just fine.
Gas mileage seems to have settled in the 27 MPG range, and that's about 2 MPG over my old truck, so I'm happy with that part.
This truck also has a larger gas tank than the old one, so I can drive farther now. That's a nice option to have, especially living here where everything is at least 20 miles round trip.
At this point in time, the only faults I can find with this truck is that it feels a bit too high geared, the engine seems to make power too high in the power band, and the bed height is a bit too high.
Otherwise, I'm quite happy with it.
It drives nicely and has a comfortable ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th July, 2013
7th Jan 2019, 07:09
5.5 years since I created this page and I have the truck.
Haven't done much to it since getting it.
Now has over 187K miles on it and still running strong.
Came to terms with the "high geared" feeling, as I found that's actually a useful thing in a low traction situation (believe it or not!).
Gas mileage has now dropped to around 25-26 MPG, but haven't done a tune-up since my last post, so that's understandable.
Starts, goes, stops and can carry a load... what more can you ask for.