1987 Ford Ranger from North America - Comments

3rd Feb 2010, 17:36

Wow! You're still comparing apples to oranges here! An Accord and a Ranger HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON. They can't be compared! And I'll say it once again, I'd certainly hope that a Ranger, a pick-up truck, could take more abuse than an ACCORD, but having owned an Accord myself, and having a friend who owns one that only gets used for fooling around (his primary vehicle is a Dodge Ram) the Accord has over 250,000 miles on the original engine and transmission and he's done nothing but beat on it. It's been taken off road numerous times, driven over jumps, through mud, you name it. The body looks like hell, but it's never once failed him, at least he says so. Funny thing is, he hates Honda's and bought this Accord just to kill it! So far he's been unsuccessful this past 50,000 miles he's owned it.

11th Feb 2010, 02:08

Well he has gotten lucky, but like I said, my Ranger; so far nothing has touched my Ranger except my cousin's Ranger. He waxes mine with no problem, but my cousin will tell you that his Honda won't touch my Ranger. He has tried numerous times, and to this day it ain't happening.

11th Feb 2010, 16:39

You're still comparing two totally different classes of vehicles. I've said it before and I'll say it again: A Ranger and an Accord are completely different. Yes, my friend really did take his Accord off-road. Mudded it, jumped it, you name it. But for all that Accord took, I'd expect a Ranger to take 3 times as much because it is a truck! Your cousin broke his Accord abusing it as you stated before. If a vehicle is being abused, you should expect it to fail. That being said, Accord's are some tough vehicles for what they are, as my friend's is still going. But I can tell you that it won't last much longer, because it's being abused. If you really abused a Ranger, it would fail eventually too.

17th Feb 2010, 02:57

Yeah true, I agree with you, cause I won't lie, I have had to replace parts on my truck.

Like you said, if you abuse it, it will fail, and I strongly believe that the Ranger will probably die soon.

I can't complain, the truck has seen its better days, and yeah like you said, it's 2 different vehicles.

Don't get me wrong, Honda do have some good ones and some bad, just like any other vehicle out there, but I strongly agree with you on the part that when you abuse the cars, truck or anything, that it will fail. And like I said before, the Ranger is about gone.

I believe it's been ran real hard for the past couple years, and it's about done for, so yeah I strongly agree with your last comment.

19th Feb 2010, 17:32

The reviewer got a truck that was beat to within an inch of its life by the previous owner(s). Ford has no control over how people treat a vehicle, and blaming them for such problems is wrong -- much like the notion that Toyotas are indestructible. There are Toyotas that get thrashed like this Ranger did -- I've driven a couple of them. One of them had so much play in the steering box that it was unsafe. Needless to say, I didn't buy it.

Bottom line: any vehicle is only as good as the people who drive it and maintain it (or fail to maintain it). Anyone who can't accept that shouldn't drive or own a vehicle.

3rd Mar 2010, 14:30

The life of a vehicle depends directly on how the owner or owners have treated them.

24th Apr 2010, 03:07

Oh the tides, how they change.

You were saying how Ford is junk and Toyota rules etc. Well now Ford is one of the only Detroit babies that didn't need saving, and Toyotas like to drag you down the road to your death against your will...

I have a 1987 Ranger and a 1978 Ford F-150, 400m cam header, 3.5 gears, the works. Now you bring me your Toyota and I show you what the inside of your pinion gear looks like when I yank it to bits. My Ford thinks Toyotas are delicious mmmm!

30th May 2010, 13:58

I would like to add my two cents. I have owned two Fords, a 63 Galaxie 500, which was a great car and my very first car. Had it for six years and it ran like a champ, but I sold it so I could pay for school and buy a car that I could beat up. I also drove a 95 Escort. That car died so I scrapped it. I babied the Galaxie, the Escort I just wanted to run. However even with routine maintenance, the Escort failed me.

I looked around for light pickups to buy, because I was moving to a town deep in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I needed something four wheel drive and that could haul all my junk there. I was looking at everything, Toys, Rangers, S10's. But the only light pickups in my price range were older models (80's to early 90's).

All the Rangers I found for sale, barely ran, had problems, and they wanted way too much for that truck that leaked oil, shuddered, or didn't even start. Those were just a few of the many problem the Rangers had that I saw. The Toys I found weren't in the greatest shape, but they ran and could survive a 7 hour drive. I decided on an 85 Toyota. Granted yeah it's made of sheet metal, there's rust, and the 22r can only do 75mph (downhill with a load). Let me tell you, this Toy is a good truck, The only problems is it's not very fast and there's rust. I've had it for almost a year and I love it. It can go anywhere in the mountains and make it back home.

In the town I live, everywhere you look there are 80's and early 90's Toys running around in the snow, mud, through rivers, and up the side of the mountains that encircle the area. You won't find any 80's or early 90's Ranger here. They died out a long time ago. The only Fords here are newer models.

I'm not saying all Fords are bad; my dad has a 2000 F250 work truck with 228,000 miles and it's a great vehicle. Tows the boat, ATV's, and everything else. It's been reliable and through some serious abuse. But from what I have seen, Rangers from the 80's cannot do what 80's Toys can.

29th Apr 2013, 22:41

I have had my Ford for going on 26 years, and the only thing I had to replace was the motor mounts and a water pump. I have even been hit, rolled the truck, and all we had to do was roll it back over, and it drove like nothing happened. This truck saved my life.

30th Apr 2013, 18:00

The Ford Ranger is by far the best built small truck in the world. Compare the structural components to the tinfoil used in Japanese trucks, and you will easily see why there are far more high mileage Rangers on the road.

5th May 2013, 02:55

In the area I live, I regularly see 1970's and 1960's Ford trucks driving down the road. Very likely the only place I will ever see a 40 year old Toyota truck is in a junkyard.

6th May 2013, 08:47

I bought the red Splash edition brand new, leftover, early 90s, and had zero issues. With the incentives and first time student buyer, it came in at around 11k. We got great resale 3 years later. Beautiful street truck and detailed every week. The ride was a bit bumpy with the large factory tire size. We saw them on Baywatch and bought one the same week. No issues whatsoever. I suspect if we kept it over 25 years like this review, it may have needed some repairs like a battery or tires.

14th Oct 2013, 16:49

Sounds like you got a lemon that was owned by someone that doesn't know how to take care of a vehicle. I have a plain Jane "S" model 1987 Ranger with a 2.3 engine and standard transmission. I bought this truck brand new in June of 87. It is now Oct 2013 and I still drive this truck every day. It has 250,000 miles on it with the original, never rebuilt engine and transmission. You judging an entire company or particular product line of that company, just because you had a piece of garbage, is just wrong. It's a shame you feel the way you do, because Rangers are tough little trucks. Mine has always done all I asked of it, and then some.

14th Oct 2013, 16:59

You wouldn't be going through brakes as fast as you say if you would buy quality name brand parts, instead of the junk Auto Zone sells.

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