1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 V6 from North America
Bulletproof and affordable
Clutch replaced at 125k. I have not had the truck in the shop except for the clutch replacement and new tires.
My last vehicle was a 93 Ranger. I had it in the shop 2 times in 275k miles. Once for a clutch and once to have fuel injection work.
The 99 has not disappointed either. Had a new clutch installed at 125k and that is it. I do the regular maintenance myself. Change oil every 6-8k using semi-synthetic oil and drive it everywhere.
I just hit 200k and it runs as good as day one. It always starts and never dies. The 4.0 engine is completely bullet proof. I am probably due for shocks but that is it. I have no doubt I will reach 300k easily and the thing still looks great. The paint still shines and no rust either.
You cannot go wrong with this truck. I would recommend to installed manually locking hubs ($100) for 99 and 00 models.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2009