1998 Ford Ranger Super Cab 2.3 6 cylinder from North America


My second and last Ford Ranger


February and March, 2004. 74,500 miles:

Fuel filter replaced

2 oxygen sensors replaced

EVR replaced

PFE sensor replaced.

General Comments:

I will not purchase another Ford Ranger.

The gas mileage is about 20 mpg.

The seats are cheap, low, and thin.

There is an incessant rattle inside the right door.

The aluminum hood can be dented with your hand if you are not careful.

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

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

1998 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab 3.0 from North America


A good middle of the road pick-up


At 50.000 miles the alternator had to be replaced.

At 70,000 miles my transmission started to slip and it had to be rebuilt.

At 75,000 miles the rear differential and drive shaft had to be replaced. In regards to the drive shaft I had been told that a clunk noise was normal in the Ranger for the past 40,000 miles so I took it to a new dealership who fixed the problem.

General Comments:

For what engine this truck contains it has a fair amount of power. After adding an exhaust system, intake and performance chip I received significant gains in power.

Even though the engine is still in perfect working order I have started to have a lot of trouble with the drive train (Trans, drive shaft and rear end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2.4L from North America


Very good first card


Nothing, so far.

General Comments:

I really like this Ranger. It is a single cab, but has plenty of room for me.

This is my first car. It is the perfect first car (or truck in this case).

The Ranger handles very well. The engine could use some more power.

The 5 Speed manual transmission is very good. It helps the performance a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

1998 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 from North America


A great truck at a reasonable price


Engine would surge while idling in park. Replaced idle control sensor and have no problems since.

General Comments:

I really love my Ranger. It is reliable and a joy to drive, on road or off.

My husband and I are both small and feel like the Ranger was built for us, since the cab is relatively small and cozy. May not be so great for tall people.

Pretty much worthless in snow in 2WD, but kick in 4x4 and you're off and going with no problem.

Rugged built, tough truck.

Great looking truck.

I never feel uneasy taking long trips by myself with this truck. It's that reliable.

Sucks up the gas pretty well, but don't they all?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2003

1998 Ford Ranger XLT 2.5 4 cylinder from North America


Nicely priced light duty truck


My door ajar warning light and interior dome light come on and off for no reason. I believe the problem is the switch in the door that tells when the door is open. The switch is out of view so I do not know if that is the problem.

My manual transmission grinds when shifting into 3rd and 4th gears only when the vehicle is at high rpm. (over 2500)

General Comments:

The ford ranger is a good light duty truck.

For heavier duty work the Ranger is a little weak.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2002

10th Apr 2005, 20:54

I have the dome light problem too. Some extra WD-40 in the door latch helps. The Ford Dealer also told me the actual switch is inside the door. I've only had to WD-40 it the past three years, usually in the winter.

1998 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4 cylinder. from North America


A fair value for your money


The car has been plagued with minor electrical problems since early on. Both door switches, (driver's side once, passenger side twice), dome light assembly, turn signal/wiper switch and a GEM (Generic Electronic Module, $242!) have been all replaced. "Door ajar" indication for the passenger door recently decided to stay on again. Is it the door switch or GEM this time?

The timing belt was replaced at approximately 65,000 miles.

The second set of brakes were done at about 96,000 miles and required replacement of shoes, pads and rotors.

Access to the area behind the seats is very clumsy and will only accommodate average size pre-teen people.

General Comments:

Aside from the electrical gremlins, the little truck is pretty well built. After 114,000 miles it is still rattle free and drives very well.

I find the driver's seat exceptionally comfortable, a real plus when trips exceed 2 hours.

Fuel mileage under normal driving conditions ranges from 22 MPG to 26 MPG.

The 100,000 mile tune up was fairly expensive, but because it was the first one, I guess that should be expected. All indications from the mechanic's report was that all is well and there are no indications of impending doom.

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

Review Date: 5th July, 2002