2002 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 V6 from North America
Chalk one up for the US of A!!!
My mud flap fell off a month after purchasing the vehicle, but the dealer replaced it at no charge.
A piece of floor trim by the passenger side door cracked, but the dealer replaced it at no charge.
Mechanically, I've never had anything go wrong on this truck. I'm very happy about that. With proper care, the outside finish, and interior looks as new as the day I bought it. I pray that the American auto makers will continue down this reliability path. I would rather buy American any day.
As far as small trucks go, this truck is great. It handles well on dry pavement, but I have to admit that it does tend to fishtail a bit more than other trucks I've driven when on wet pavement.
The high stance of the Edge package is nice. It looks and feels like it's a 4X4 and without the cost and maintenance involved with owning a 4x4.
The A/C will blow you out, so if you like it cold... You'll love it.
Trips in the Ranger aren't bad, but you have to remember you're driving a truck not a luxury sedan. It may feel comfortable for the first 100-200 miles, but soon you are needing a break from the stiff ride and confined cabin space.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2005
I am considering buying a Ford Ranger and am currently doing research. I also love the USA and support the US auto industry. I would suggest that they move toward fuel efficiency and reliability rather than fobbing people off with plush seats and CD players, while putting bumpers on upside down, however.
I've owned 4 Rangers since early 1992. All have been flawless. I bought a Sport model on my last purchase and did find the suspension pretty harsh, though not as bad as the Tacoma. These trucks are virtually indestructible. My family's two companies use both Rangers and F-150 in their fleets. 300,000+ miles without problems out of a 4-cylinder Ranger XL is pretty typical. I highly recommend them for long-lasting reliability. However, if you travel much in them, get the softer riding XLT. My first three were XLT's and they rode reasonably well and were driven on several long trips. The Sport started making my back ache after only a hundred miles or so.