Bought my 4th Ranger in 2004, all of which had over 200K at on point in my ownership...
The current is a 2000 XLT 4x4 4.0L. It currently has 223,500 miles on it, and is driven every day. It was used for the first 5 years I owned it as my personal vehicle while on a local fire department, so it was driven hard and put away wet on many occasions.
At around 120K I lost reverse in the tranny. Had it rebuilt by a local shop, they found the reverse band had broken and punched a hole in the casing. He patched it together, and I got about 10K on that rebuild until it totally went. Got a replacement tranny out of a 2000 Windstar, and it shifts better than the original!
Normal replacement items other than that, brakes, tires, etc. etc... It now has a few problems, ABS sensor and such, and it is just now starting to burn oil, about 1 quart every 5K miles. I get roughly 17 MPG out of every tank with regular, not-so-cheap gas.
My second Ranger was a 1994, which my dad is still driving with almost 300K on it! It's a 2x4 3.0L extended cab. Body is rusting out, but motor and tranny (both original) still work like the day it was made!
I've always been a Ford man, and will continue to be a Ford person. After all, every once in a while you'll get a "lemon", don't let that fool ya though!
I had the same problem on and off, but now for the last year it's fine. What was wrong with yours?
Agreed! I have a 2000 XLT, 5 speed manual,
2.5 cyl.. Other than a bad TPS wire (caused engine surging), and a bad blend door actuator, no problems.
I too have had the same happen to my Ranger. OD light flashing, speedometer not working, shifting hard, and not at all at times.
I always thought it was something electrical, because it did shift to all the gears, but not at the right time. Very erratic!!!
After hours of trying different stuff, I found that there was water in a wiring connection under the truck. The connection that is right under the driver's seat that feeds the whole cab. Blew the water out, a little WD 40, and the truck drives like it was new.
Hope this helps somebody, and saves a lot of money. Good luck!
We are also experiencing a similar situation. Just purchased a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 with 140,000 miles on it. Need to pass emissions in Georgia, misfire on 4, 5 & 6. Took it for a diagnostic test. Cracked head that somebody put Bar's leak in and removed the thermostat to prevent it from overheating. We are told we need a new engine, because they do not recommend rebuilding a head on an engine that already has over 100,000 miles. Any comments? Anyone? Help!!!
Water in the wiring harness connector was a great call. Drove thru a puddle and symptoms started within a mile. Thanks a ton for the outstanding suggestion!
The actual clunk you're hearing in the back is something that Ford put in the smaller trucks, so that the rear end has some flex in it, so that whenever you get stuck or something and spin the tires, all of the stress won't break the rear axle; it just has a joint that allows it flex forward, then rock back whenever you come to a stop.