2000 Ford Ranger 4x4, XLT 4.0 from North America


A well rounded economical truck


Thus far, I haven't had any major problems with my Ranger. I did purchase the vehicle wrecked, so any complications I had stemmed from that.

The ABS light was on, I simply reconnected sliced wires and the problem was solved.

General Comments:

I am 21, and have owned 8 different Rangers since I was able to drive at 16. Everything from a 1985 4x4, with no radio, no power steering, or even a vinyl floor mat, from the factory; to a 1996 Ranger STX extended cab that was practically a Cadillac in terms of comfort and interior features. The 2000 Ranger I have now is by far the best performing, being a standard cab with a step-side (fiberglass) bed. I enjoy blasting through the gears every day on my way to work, and still get an honest 20 miles to the gallon. I don't know how some of you can claim 12-15 mpg.,but I suggest you change your driving style or have the tuning of the engine checked!

The only flaws I see in this truck are the seats. The 60-40 split bench seat makes for a sore bottom on extended trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

7th Sep 2005, 12:27

I have to disagree with the gas mileage claimed above. I don't have a heavy foot and it doesn't need a tune up its had poor gas mileage since I got it. I'm very disappointed in My Ranger and will NEVER own another one again.

8th Sep 2005, 23:39

My 2000 Ranger 4x4 has developed a small oil leak. I thought it might be a lose oil filter, as I just had an oil change. So I took it back to the shop and ask them to have a look. They said it appeared to be coming from the rear oil seal, but put dye into the oil and ask me to bring it back the next day so they could check it with the ultraviolet light. I did and they said it was the oil pan gasket. How much to repair, I asked. $550 for an oil pan gasket replacement, and I nearly dropped my teeth. Was told they had to drop the transmission to get the pan below the breather tube or some such thing in order to insert a new gasket. Isn't there a simpler less expensive way?

2000 Ford Ranger L4 2.3 from North America


Reliable Workhorse


Passenger-side airbag disable switch failed in the first month.

Negative battery terminal disintegrated at 52000 miles due to dissimilar metals in contact plus acid overspray. I corrected by replacing both battery cables with aftermarket variety with conventional lead clamps to assure reliability.

General Comments:

Very good to excellent overall. Few problems, very reliable.

Good fuel economy (averages around 26 mpg) especially when considering the 3250 lb curb weight and the inherently-poor aerodynamic drag coefficient of pickup trucks.

But you must use at least 89 octane fuel, or even 92 octane when fully-loaded or pulling a small trailer. Contrary to the owner's manual claim that this vehicle will run satisfactorily on 87 octane, the engine will clatter like a jackhammer when using regular gasoline at 50 to 60 mph. This pre-ignition (or detonation or spark knock, as it may be known) seems to be characteristic as my 1990 Ranger did likewise. I suspected that the cylinders had become coked-up, but inspection revealed clean piston crowns and cylinder head so I added a water-injection system which corrected the problem and gave a slight improvement in fuel economy.

To me the L4 engine seems to be a near-ideal balance between power and low fuel consumption/greenhouse gas emission. I suspect some would be dissatisfied with the acceleration, as it is difficult to pass the many slow, elderly drivers in my locale.

Also characteristic is the brake shudder. The front-end shakes on fairly-heavy braking, such as a stoplight on a favoring grade. Disks are up to spec, just seems to be insufficient rigidity of the front suspension. 1990 Ranger had the same fault.

Hotchkiss-drive rear suspension causes a slight 'clunk' or 'jerk' when opening or shutting the throttle.

Very quiet ride, much less road noise transmitted to the body than most sedans due to the separate body/frame construction.

High ground clearance good on rutted, dirt roads and allows oil changes without jacking up, but at the cost of poor swerve-ability in an emergency. As with all pickups and SUVs, 60 mph is the absolute maximum speed at which it should be driven and this only during daylight, fair weather driving.

A good choice for deliveries, camping, construction, fishing trips. A poor choice for interstate and turnpike high-speed distance driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

20th Dec 2005, 12:07

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT Off-Road and it hardly ever sees below 75mph on the interstate. It handles flawlessly with absolutely no negative feed back in terms of behavior, and I might also add it has a set of 31in thornbird, very aggressive tread, tires and even still no bad habits. As far as its ability off-road... let's just say I have never been stuck, although I have been in spots that I might have needed more ground clearance, but that is my fault not the truck. Overall a great performer for a small truck. Nothing compared to my giant bronco, but then the bronco has more upgrades and performance parts than most race cars, that's another story though.