2000 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0L V6 from North America


A four wheel drive truck that could be better


The Four Wheel Drive Hubs won't engage. This problem first occurred at 29,000 miles. It took the dealer three tries to fix it, the third time they replaced all hub components and ball joints, I guess the dealer was afraid of having to give me a new truck under the lemon law. The hubs are now again refusing to lock at 51,000 miles, I'm going to attempt the repair myself this time. I do have to drive through water and on some really bad roads in my work, but in my opinion 4WD trucks are supposed to be able to stand up to this kind of use.

The spare tire mount rusted out and had to be replaced at 50,000 miles. Noted rust elsewhere on the frame, I will need to pull the bed, clean and repaint the frame if I want this truck to last another 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

Except for the problems listed elsewhere, this truck has been reliable.

The Radio/CD/Cassette audio system is quite good.

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

Review Date: 16th April, 2004

8th Dec 2004, 15:53

I am having the same problems with my 2000 Ford Ranger. Did the person who wrote this article trade that Ranger in? I bought mine in Georgia in August of 2004 and it is tan with a bed-liner, running boards, and skid plates. Same truck? I am curious to know.

2000 Ford Ranger XLT 3.5 from North America


The Ideal Pick-up for all Occasions


Nothing yet!

General Comments:

This is one great truck!

I've put her through the worst conditions and she's still kicken' hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2004

2000 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 3.0 from North America


A reliable AMERICAN truck!!


Very little, has been an extremely reliable truck.

When brand new, the coat hanger thing was missing a bolt, dealer fixed.

Just recently (30,500mi) the rear main seal started leaking. Dealer said it was common for this year 3.0 V-6, fixed it next day in 5 hours!

I must admit, I pamper my truck and do not off road it/ race it. I read so many articles with "Boywonder" talking about beatin' Chevies, eatin Dodges...whatever. I take care of it and it shows. Still the original brakes.

General Comments:

The Ranger edge standard cab only comes with the 3.0. This is a great engine now (it had problems with the heads in the early 1990s).

It is geared low so you always have tons of torque, but it makes your mpg suffer a little.

The interior layout is the same as the explorer, not luxury, but very well assembled.

I drove the 5 speed auto and the motor felt underpowered. I got the manual tranny and it is bulletproof. It does not shift as smooth as a Toyota/ Nissan, but it is not terrible by any means.

The brakes are terrific. I have had to stop fast to avoid a few accidents in the last few years and the 4 wheel ABS stop better than my old Buick with 4 discs. Almost no nose dive.

I recently drove to a family members house during the California wildfires. The road is very rural and the fire was still burning pretty bad. I had to go over some good size fallen trees and take some detours through some pretty steep dirt banks and right next to some flames for quite a distance. I thought for sure it bubbled the paint...nothin!! Not a scratch. It was dirty and smelled like ash for 15 days, but cleaned up good as new. It would be a scene Ford would be proud of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2003

25th Jan 2005, 01:07

UPDATE-My Ranger Edge continues to be a great truck. I now have about 41k miles on it and, since the rear main seal went in my last review, the only thing I have replaced was the stock battery after 4 years. I am surprised it has lasted this long considering that I have a very demanding stereo system and used to run it quite often with the truck off. The only other complaints I have are that several rattles have started creeping up. The truck does have pretty stiff suspension so I guess I am not surprised. One thing is for sure, I still take care of this truck and it has NEVER EVER left me stranded. It is truly a FORD>

30th Jan 2008, 03:10

Original Owner-just rolled 70k tonight. Changed all fluids, belts and hoses at 65k. Should easily get another 70k outta her. Still have not had one problem.