13th Jan 2007, 14:10
All your problems sound like they come from a lack of service. My 1991 3.0 liter Ranger has 450,000 miles and it's still on the original clutch and has never had an engine rebuild and I do all fluids every 3000 miles.
14th Jan 2007, 11:31
I've never had any trouble with any of my 4 Rangers, and my family has 2 companies that use them as company vehicles (all are base XL's with 4-cylinder engines). They easily go 300,000 miles or more with just routine maintenance. I've also driven Dodge, and it was also reliable, but the build quality was not as good as Ford's.
19th Feb 2007, 19:03
Isn't it funny. The Guys that have had their truck form new of almost new and have taken care of the vehicle seem to have so much less problems. Hmm, I wonder if there is something to this!!
19th Feb 2007, 19:45
I'd have to agree that proper servicing DOES extend the useful life of ANY vehicle. I always switch to synthetic oil and K&N air filters as soon as my new trucks have 5,000 miles on them, and make sure that the oil is always changed regularly. Actually, that's really all there is to do on a Ranger with the exception of changing the timing belt at about 100,000 miles and checking the brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant at about 50,000 to 80,000 miles. I generally do brake jobs on mine at around 100,000 miles whether the pads are worn down or not. I went 120,000 without doing a brake job on my Dodge, but that was pushing it a little as the wear sensors were beginning to buzz.
20th Feb 2007, 06:33
It seems that the weakest link of any ranger is its transmission. Auto or manual. If you have the manual you have to worry about the slave cylinder and if you have the A4LD auto they have the reputation of being weak. Other than that they are good little trucks.
3rd Feb 2011, 13:12
Ranger 3.0 V6 1991. Got 200,000 on mine till I blew a head gasket, but still is a good truck. Hope to reach a few more hundred thousand on it before I rebuild the engine.