2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 offroad 4.0L from North America
This is the best truck value, but the worst dealer service
This is going to get a frown and the truck does not deserve it, the dealerships do. When I bought the truck I had the clear bra put on the front. Well about a year later the paint peeled. When the dealer put the bra on, they cut my paint with the razor. I took it in and they fixed it, or so I thought. It was back in four more times because it had over spray all over it, the windows leaked, the weatherstripping fell off and the interior was not put back properly, it was warped and missing clips. I also had them check the noisy u-joints and they said that is was normal. Well I took it to another dealer for an engine noise and they replaced the drive shaft! I took it in again for the engine noise and finally got an answer. The service manager said that 4 liter motors have weak oil pressure on start up, but it would be fine. I believe him because I know tons of people who have the 4 liter in their trucks and they all make noise and they all go over 250,000 miles. But I do love this truck it is the service that is making me think twice about buying another one. I think my next one will be an older Ford truck.
This truck, like my other Fords, has been bulletproof. I live in Colorado and the truck is either off road, towing cars and motorcycles, being drag raced, whatever, it does not have an easy life. Yet it excels at everything. It wheels better and has way more power than my friends ZR2 and yet when we take it on long trips, it is very comfortable. If I don't need to get a full sizer, I'll keep this one forever. Just don't by it for the ride or the gas mileage and you'll be golden.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th July, 2002
I drive a 2000 ranger four wheel drive, and despite the minor problems that I had after receiving the truck it has risen to every situation. I live in south east Arkansas and we play in a lot of mud, and do a lot of off road riding. I am the only Ford Ranger that goes out so I'm constantly competing. My ranger surprises them all the time. I'm just glad there other people out there beating there Rangers into oblivion.
I have owned a ford ranger since 2001, My first one was a 98 2 wheel drive that I drove the wheels off and didn't have a problem with it, in fact that truck saved me from serious injury when I totaled it, It could have been a lot worse then it was. I have just purchased a 2003 4x4 that I am expecting the same out of.