1998 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 from North America
It was a good truck
Power steering started leaking.
70 MPH vibration since start of ownership.
Engine leaked a bit of oil.
Good high mileage truck that did have some age related issues..
This truck was my third Ford Ranger, and my second 1998 model year Ranger. The first was a 4cyl 5spd regular cab shortbed truck, and the other was a beat up 1992..
The truck in review was a good truck, always started, always ran good. It did have some issues, but I bought the most inexpensive 4x4 Ranger the local Ford dealer had on the lot, but even still, taking it on trips was no big deal because I never had to worry about it, and it would pull 20 MPG on the highway, and handled like a slot car because of the rear swaybar and long wheelbase (extended cab)..
The truck's life came to an end when I was driving down a road in the early morning, and the sun glared on the dirty windshield, and I hit a telephone pole at about 40 MPH.. airbags deployed, and really the truck did not seem to hit that hard.. both my friend and I were able to get out of the truck fairly easy and pretty much unharmed.. her door was jammed up a bit, and took just a tiny bit of prying to get it open.. after going back to where the truck was towed to, to clean out my stuff, it was obvious the truck really hit a lot harder than I thought, as the dash is pushed in a bit, and the cab is shifted off to the passenger side bad, which is why the door was jammed...
All in all, it's a pretty safe vehicle. It did a good job at saving our lives, and I will be buying another 1996 or newer Ranger (dual airbags) as my next vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2010