2000 Ford Ranger 2X4 from North America


Everything I want in a small truck


After about one week of ownership, I noticed that the oil pressure gauge was kicking all over the place. The truck ran perfectly however. When I took the truck in for the first checkup I was told this was a recall item and it was fixed on the spot. This is the only problem I've experienced with the truck.

General Comments:

Even though I live in snow country (central PA), I chose not to opt for the 4x4 because I don't do any off road driving. In winter, I place 4 60 lb sand bags in the bed and run snow tires on all 4 corners. I've never been stuck and rarely spin the tires, even when there's significant snow on the roads. It helps to know how to drive on snow and to respect the fact that other drivers may not have that knowledge.

The truck does everything I expect of it. I would have liked to have bought a manual transmission because I like the feel of driving a stick, but my wife reminded me that if I intend to keep this truck until the frame falls apart, that my knees might not last that long (I'm 60 now). I chose the auto transmission instead. I also opted for A/C and cloth seats. That's the only "luxuries" I have. It's a basic small truck. Drives like one too. I expected that. All in all - just what I wanted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2003

2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 liter from North America


A practical and reliable 4 x 4 truck


I have not had any serious problems. Some quirks are noisy and jerky power windows, occasional clank from driveshaft or rear axle under hard acceleration, and a small paint blister on the lip of thr hood. A $39.00 wheel alignment at 25,000 corrected my off center steering wheel, slight tire edge wear, and a got little better fuel economy.

General Comments:

Overall, I love the truck and it serves all the purposes which it was bought for. Mine has the extended cab with the quad doors, which I just love. It is extremely easy to access the back as compared to a 1993 Dodge Dakota X-cab I once owned. The Dakota was also small in the back for any adult passengers and the Ranger is even a bit smaller. I need the extra space for tools and cargo, not passengers. I would highly recommend the extra cab and quad doors over a regular cab!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2003

2000 Ford Ranger XLT from North America


A Huge Headache!


My Transmission blew at 30,000 miles and the ball joints went out 3 times. The transmission is having to be fixed again at 49,000 miles.

General Comments:

I really enjoyed this truck when I bought it until I started to have problems with it. I have never owned or wanted to buy a Ford vehicle until I saw the deal I can get with buying one.

Now I can't fix the new Transmission problem because I am over my mileage for a warranty. I wish I had bought something else.

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

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

19th Jan 2004, 10:18


I just took my 2000 Ranger in and had the same problem as the previous post. It is just out of warranty and the automatic 5 speed transmission has gone out. No third gear and apparently a valve body has to be replaced. When I complained to Ford they said there are no recalls or issues with that vehicle. The dealership has said there is nothing we can do, but they did know exactly what would fix the problem ($900). Guess who is looking to buy another brand of truck. It seems like they've seen this issue before.

Add me to the list of people who wish they had bought something else.

2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 V6 from North America


Exactly the truck I wanted


Emergency Brake cable broke and brakes were locked on. Ford towed it and fixed it for free.

Squeaks when putting in/out of cruise control. Also will be fixed under warranty.

Sliding rear window allows wind noise at highway speeds.

General Comments:

Great Truck. Has a few scratches, but that is what trucks are for.

I would always go with the 4.0. The engine is almost too fast, peeling out when the road is wet.

More Horsepower and Torque than any competitors.

I get 16 mpg city, which gets expensive at 60 miles/day.

Make sure you have good tires, Goodyear Wranglers, and put sandbags in the bed for snow/off roading.

I got great service, they even serviced and inspected it for free after the brake cable broke.

It has a 4:10 limited-slip axle, and engine block warmer, plus the tow-package and I love it.

I got it for $11,000, $13,000 less than Suggested Retail. Not bad for 30000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2002

13th Aug 2009, 19:34

You said it was the most powerful in its class LOL, what are you talking about? My 1995 V8 5.2 liter Dakota 4x4 would smoke your truck. Nice try, trying to say Ford is GOOD or something.

23rd Sep 2016, 20:05

A 5.2L V8 is not the same class, you would have to compare it with the Dodge 3.9/3.7L V6...

In 1997 the 3.9L V6 had 175 hp @ 4,800 RPM and 225 lb-feet of torque @ 3,200 RPM and got 15 city, 18 highway with 4WD & Auto...