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.

General Comments:

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.

1998 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L from North America


Happily Satisfied Ranger Owner!


Just Purchased A 1998 Ford Ranger Super Cab XLT 4x4 4.0L. I purchased the truck for $8000.00 because the truck was still Cherry!. The 4th day of ownership, with my A/C running at Max... I switched on the 4x4 high to engage the front axle. All of a sudden my A/C automatically switched to defrost mode by itself. Because now my A/C just blew Defrost and of course my front windshield frosted up quickly! And to my amazement my 4wd High/Low Light Blinked 6 times every minute. I took it to the dealer 2 days later. Dealer told me that a vacuum leak was the culprit for both incidents (A/C Blend Door & Slight Vacuum Hose leak to Electronic Front Hubs). Also, I needed to replace the 4x4 Solenoid to engage my 4x4 high/low! Also, they highly recommend me replacing the Upper/Lower Ball Joints & Arms. Dang It!!! Now I'm a thinkin' if I bought someone else's HEADACHE!!!

General Comments:

Overall, I really like the compact and size of this truck besides the headache and money being dished out for fixing purposes. Once all is complete and done. I believe I have a Good and Hopeful Long Lasting Truck. I'd better because my wife is Now In Love With This Truck. She wants me to Purchase the New 2008 Ford F350 Crew Cab Long Bed Dually 4x4. Cheeee Hoooooo!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th October, 2007

1998 Ford Ranger 2.5 4 cylinder from North America


Good value, somewhat reliable


The worst problem with this truck has been the clutch. In the 5 years I owned it it's had to be replaced 3 times. Even with a brand new clutch, it's rattled back and forth when in neutral or with the pedal down. I don't know if the first shop that did the clutch damaged my transmission or if it's an issue with the ranger.

The shocks/ball joints went squeaky after owning the car a year or so (~80k miles) This may have been from taking it off-roading. I never had money to replace them.

The tilt-back lever broke off both front seats.

The rear differential went out back in Dec 05. My guess it was at about 120k miles.

I had to replace the radiator (it had a leak for a while that slowly got worse) about 6 months ago (~155k miles) This was the least expensive repair.

A/C has been extremely weak for several months, even after adding refrigerant.

I've pretty much given up on it now (173k miles). The clutch lost pressure, clutch fluid all leaked out on the road and the mechanic said the transmission may be burnt.

General Comments:

Even with all of the repairs it's been fairly reliable. I've had many to list simple because of owning the car five years. The gas mileage was mediocre (~17mpg avg) even though it should be higher for this truck. The ride is somewhat bumpy, though the interior isn't bad. I got the inside really filthy working construction, but still was able to clean it up well a few months ago. I can't believe the original CD player and sound system still works (when you hear squeaks, just turn up the tunes!)

The engine seems to be the most reliable part of the ranger. Though it doesn't accelerate very fast, it gets decent torque. I've towed several cars with it.

I believe I got my money's worth out of it, paying originally about $9000 and getting 125k miles out of my ownership. In repairs I probably spent $2000-3000 over 5 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2007

8th May 2008, 21:10

Sound like you might be a little too hard on it if your rear end went out and you are getting 17mpg. A rear end should last longer than the life of the vehicle, even with a decent amount of abuse.

My 2.5L is getting 24-25mpg going to work, and 27 on the highway. Even when I flog it I do not get less than 21mpg.