I have had my 87 Ford Ranger XLT 2 wheel drive. 5 speed. extended cab, since 01' I've had to do a lot of work with it in the first 16 months to get it to go. (the day I bought it I drove 82 miles with it) but it had been setting under a tree for 3 years. Not any more. LOL right now I am fixing the water pump for the second time. Other than catching up all the stuff that the previous owner did not maintain. its been a good little truck. (ole Trusty Rusty I call it) it starts every time. I am by far a Chevy man. But this little truck holds a special spot in my heart. We've had a lot of good times and bad.
It still needs repairs all the time, but I like it because I can do a lot of the work myself on it. And the parts are getting cheaper to buy... If you have a little bit of knowledge of motors and how things work, you'll be okay. And it give you a little bit of pride that hey I fixed that.
My brother owns a 1987 Ford Ranger; we both have beat that truck, loaded it with wood until we broke the rear leaf springs. He got the truck in the spring of 2009, he paid to much for it, but he learned his lesson. I can't say it's a bad truck, but it's costing him a lot of money to keep it running. But as I said, we put it through its paces. I won't say that there are better trucks than Fords, but I won't say Fords are the best. I think that when buying a truck, you should buy it for what you are planning use it for.
P.s I own a Toyota, and I completely believe that it would not have put up with the same abuse we put that Ford through.
And by the way, you never seen a Ford make it 300,000m + my brother's has 398,986m and still running strong (and he is 18).
I am a 22 year old that has owned 24 vehicles. I had 2 Ford trucks in the past 3 years, one a 84 F-250, which I personally took to the brink of destruction, ripping Toyota's out of snow banks and ditches in our lovely WI weather. When we got 13 inches of snow, I dragged a 2004 Toyota full size truck out of his own driveway! He could not even get anywhere once I got him out, and I had to drag him out of his subdivision until we got to the plowed roads.
If this truck, which was 20 years newer, could not handle a little snow, but my stock size Ford could stop hook up then drag him in the middle of the snow bank that once was a road, I think the FORD WON! I barely ever did anything to it but exhaust plugs and wires. Truck is still going strong to this day! Where are the 20 year old Toyotas? Did any of them last this long, or are they all stuck somewhere?
24 trucks so far? Well I guess they aren't really lasting so long for YOU are they?
I have a 1987 Ford Ranger with 286,000 miles, and the engine is still running strong.
I live in the Coal Hills, and beat the crap out of my Ranger. I have pulled Chevys, Toyotas and Dodges out of the mud, and have had them pull me out of the mud too.
3 weeks ago, we were jumping our trucks, and my buddy took his Toyota off the same jump I always take my Ranger off of. It was his first time and he bent the frame, and his is a 2008.
You say you never saw a Ranger with that many miles. I can send you pics of the miles I have on mine.
After 22 years, I finally got a put a trans in mine. Other then that, I have never had any problems with my Ranger.
As for my friend and his Toy., he is getting a F350 now. Don't let one bad egg make you hate every Ford out there.
OK, I have a 1987 Ford Ranger 4x4 with a 3 inch lift, and the little truck goes everywhere I want it to, so all the people hating on Fords, look at what you drive; you think it's any better? Think again, every vehicle has its downfalls, and yeah that includes Fords, but if you mistreat them something will give.
I have a cousin who purchased a 1990 Toyota, and he has already rebuilt the motor and went through 2 clutches, and he also has a 1990 Ford fullsize; he hasn't had a bit of problems.
Dodges are famous for letting the tranny go out.
Personally Fords are great vehicles; the Ranger I have, I don't have a bit of a problem with it. I have pulled my cousin's Toyo out of mud holes, and took the Ranger right through where he got stuck.
All of my family has owned Ford, and over half of us still do. Heck, even my cousin with the Toyo has been looking at 1980's Ford Ranger to get rid of the Toyo, and by the way, don't be hating on Fords, it is no one's fault that you bought a Ranger that had a rough life before you got it.
OK, enough putting down Ford. I have a 1987 Ford Ranger 4x4, and it's a wicked lil ride.
Hondas suck; I know many people that have traded a crappy Honda for a Ford, and just to let you know, the only reason Toyota is easy to fix is because the junk yards are full of them, and oh yeah, the 87 Ranger will hold up to 500,000 miles, and I drive this truck hard every day. My cousin has a Honda and is trading it for a Ford, cause his Honda can't hold day light to the Ranger.
Sorry but nothing is perfect, and that's including my truck. The only work I have done to my truck is put a rear end in it, and a starter and a driver side window.
This truck is unstoppable, trust me, I have tried to blow this truck, so I have a reason to rebuild it, but it just won't blow. The 2.9l motor in it has seen 12,000 rpm down the drag strip and it's still running great; it leaks nothing and uses nothing.
So far it's been a great truck. I have owned Toyotas before and they just don't stand up to what the Ford does.
"My cousin has a Honda and is trading it for a Ford, cause his Honda can't hold day light to the Ranger."
And his Honda is what? A Civic? I'd certainly hope a Ford Ranger could take more abuse than a Honda, though I doubt it really could.