1998 Ford Ranger 2.5L Inline4 from North America
Very dependable little truck!
Mass airflow sensor went bad, replaced with $5 junkyard one.
Front left ball joint went bad.
Very slow, but it is dependable. Have had no complaints about the 2.5L, I am not sure why they only used them for two years before going back to the 2.3L.
The 2.5L gets great fuel economy for a truck. On the daily summer commute I can get 25-26mpg, and on the highway it usually stays at 27-28mpg.
Great for the everyday person who needs something to haul stuff around, but does not want the impracticalities of a big truck like an F150 or 1500.
It can handle anything I would want it to do. It hauls things in the bed very well, I have had over 2,000lb of rock in the bed before, it struggled but it did alright for being extremely over the weight limit.
I have towed cars with it, which I do wish it had a little bit more torque as it was hard keeping it at 75mph while towing a Jetta. But it made it and did 20mpg at the same time!
As is the case with almost all 2WD trucks, it is not great in the winter or mud, or rain. Though if you do it right, it will get through most anything you need it to without many problems. The back end it so light that you have to be careful when going around slippery corners in 2nd gear or it will spin the rear end right around. It is fun when doing it on purpose, but a little scary when you're not.
Just keep a light right foot!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th May, 2008
20th Aug 2012, 17:48
Your truck sounds a lot like mine.
Just wondering if you know what your rear axle gear ratio is?
It should be noted on the axle itself, or near the bottom of the drivers door, under the heading "axle code".
There will be a two digit number that corresponds with the following available ratios...
84 = 3.45 gears
86 = 3.73 gears
87 = 4.10 gears
According to the owners manual, those are the 3 ratios available in the '98 model year.