4th Apr 2009, 23:37

I don't know how y'all are having all these problems. I have a 97 Ranger with a 4.0 and auto trans. It's got 181,000 all original.

The only problem I've had is a sloppy rear end, but it's lasted 181,000 and it will probably last a lot longer.

This is the best truck I've ever owned. Had a 98 s-10 and it was the biggest piece of crap I've ever sat in.

10th Apr 2009, 14:19

I have a 1999 Ford Ranger 4.0L 149,500 miles. Fixed the wiper problem by adding a switch to the underside of the sterring wheel that cut power to the switch in the turn signal. When I need the wipers, I just turn that on first. My only two problems are a rusting tailgate, and no to low (I added a mechanical gauge) oil pressure at idle. Looks like it may be a main bearing clearance issue. Has anyone replace that without pulling the engine?

14th Aug 2009, 12:00

I'm 16 and I just bought a 1996 Ford Ranger XLT short bed with the 3.0 and auto trans. It has 117000 and is great. I do have a coolant leak from the timing chain cover, and it's getting worse. I have a small trans fluid leak, which is no problem. The truck runs and drives great; absolutely flawless looking in red.

4th Mar 2010, 03:24

I bought my 1996 Ford Ranger XLT three years ago with 178000 miles on it, and I have only had a few small problems.

The fuel gauge went out in the summer of 2008.

The check engine light is on for an emissions problem.

Only one tire actually does anything (the rear passenger side). It's a 2x4, but only one tire turns.

I'm at 209000 miles now.

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned. They are dependable and tough. You name it, I've hauled it (max cap. is 2000 lb, but I've hauled 2500+)

5th Mar 2010, 04:45

'Great Engine, Poor Transmission' - this could be the Ford Motto.

6th Mar 2010, 12:52

"'Great Engine, Poor Transmission' - this could be the Ford Motto."

I agree. I've never had any engine issues with any of my Ford vehicles. I've also never had a Ford vehicle that made 100,000 miles on the same transmission LOL.

4th Sep 2012, 08:48

I have had this same problem, and at first it was my idler pulley, but I had a mechanic look at it, and he said it was my camshaft synchronizer. Also when I have hard acceleration, it starts to squeal. The bearing inside the synchronizer has gone bad.

4th Sep 2012, 08:49

This is your control module on your truck.