7th Sep 2005, 20:34

I have almost 90,000 miles on a 99 Ranger - seems to have similar problems to those mentioned already. Dome light stayed on till I took out the bulb. Wipers occasionally come for a few seconds for no reason.

Any suggestions for changing the spark plugs on the intake side would be greatly appreciated.

28th Jun 2006, 12:07

I have a 99 XL splash 2WD, just passed 109000 and need my 3rd set of tires. Going for good ones with 60K life, friend says truck will never see 150K! Hope to prove him wrong.

This is a great little truck, getting 24-28mpg on highway (manual trans). Routine maintenance, try to change oil every 3K, only problem with power steering unit, but replaced at 35K under warranty. I have the windshield wiper issue too- it's a known Ford problem, but not life threatening so I live with it. Dome light problem too, but soaking door latch parts with WD-40 solved it for me. Just wondered if spark plug change/tune up at 100K is essential.

11th Sep 2006, 19:02

It sounds like this truck has been VERY good to you. If you would have replaced parts at the recommended intervals you probably would not have had most of the problems you listed. Waiting until the timing belt broke at 220,000 miles is excessive. The timing belt should have been replaced at 75,000 miles, so yours was definitely living on borrowed time. Replacing the spark plugs at 430,000 miles fits in to the excessive category as well. I would think with that many miles on the plugs there was probably very little left of the center electrode. In my opinion, 50,000 would be excessive for plug replacement. If this is a vehicle that needs to run all the time, I would recommend a preventative maintenance program such as fleets use. Putting a time life on parts as is done with aircraft helps to prevent the equipment from failing.

15th Nov 2007, 10:06

Ford Ranger don't have a timing belt they have a chain which does not need to be replaced unless it breaks for the life of the vehicle.

29th Nov 2007, 19:56

Just turned 250,000 on my 99 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 4.0L.


- Clogged fuel injectors at 175,000

- Rear End had to be replaced at 200,000

- Ball Joints at 240,000

- My last Dash light died tonight, they started burning out awhile ago...

- I do all the suggested maintenance except only change the oil every 6 or 7 thousand miles (High Mileage Synthetic Oil). Tune ups at 100,000 and 200,000 miles.

Everything else is original, I am the original owner. I love this truck. It still has the power it had when I bought it. Best vehicle I have ever owned!

1st Dec 2007, 19:31

I have a 99 XLT supercab 4x2 with the 4 cylinder engine. It just turned 96,000. So far I've had the power steering unit replaced at 60,000 because it started whining so loud it was embarrassing in parking lots, and more recently at 75,000 miles the alternator decided to go out on the freeway at 60 mph. It was as if the truck had a sudden cardiac arrest. At 85,000 miles the gas indicator light went out. Am currently getting 25-30 mpg on the freeway, 17-20 in town. No tune-ups yet, though I have it serviced every 5000. It's a good little truck and I'm glad I purchased it. Hope it lasts as long as some of the others mentioned on this page.

6th Dec 2007, 23:57

I have a 99 Ranger 3.0 2wd and love this truck. It has 118,000 miles and runs like a champ.

I have went through some hard times with it though. I changed the plugs at about 114,000 miles and one broke off, got stuck in the cylinder and it was all bad. That cost me about 350 bucks, which sucked.

Then I noticed a power steering leak, leading to a rack and pinion replacement, which was about 120 bucks.

Then I had to replace a speed sensor after experiencing very high RPMs before making it out of 1st, and my speedometer not working until about 30 mph. That didn't cost very much though. Besides these problems and a new belt tensioner, this is a nice running truck and I only hope to get as many miles on it as that guy.

13th Dec 2007, 02:10

I have a 99 Ranger 3.0 V-6, with 80k miles. Until last night its been the best truck I've had, however if your oil pump fails, besides leaving you on the side of the road, it will also (so I've learned) require you to pull the entire engine to replace. Sounds like the spark plugs are almost as bad.

8th Jan 2008, 12:08

Just turned 220,000 on my 99 Ford Ranger.

No Problems. run great.

10th Jan 2008, 22:41

The comment that Ford Rangers do not have a timing belt may apply to the V-6, but the 4 does have a belt.

27th Jan 2008, 17:47

My California 1999 Ranger 3.0 V-6 has a timing belt, 62000 miles and all of the undercarriage rubber boots are rotted out, the wipers come on without warning and the dome light stayed on until I removed the bulb. Poor gas mileage for a V-6 automatic and I wouldn't buy another one.

11th Feb 2008, 09:33

I have a 99 Ford Ranger 4x4 XLT 3.0 liter. The transmition was replaced at 120,000. I am now having ball joints replaced at 140,000. Otherwise it has been a great truck. I also have the electrical problems refered to earlier.

19th Feb 2008, 19:05

99 Ranger 3.0 Flex Fuel 4x4 four door, 193000. Synthetic oil every 5000. Changed ball joints at 80000. Wipers coming on is a recall item. Dome light came on at 20000, sprayed with WD40, never another problem. Waiting to fix second recall on cruise now. Only on third set of tires, Firestone Steeltax 6 plys run 120000 before need replacement. Best vehicle I ever had.

29th Feb 2008, 14:31

I own a 1999 Ford Ranger 2.5 L V-4, and have 112,000 miles on it. As long as one keeps with the suggested maintenance schedule, the bare-bones, manual-transmission model will have very few problems. The only truck I've ever owned, and I hope to keep it for a long time to come.

1st Jul 2008, 13:04

I own a 1999 Ford Ranger 2.5 liter manual shift. The vehicle has 110000 miles. I have only spent $16.00 on a magnetic sending unit for the speedometer at 80000 miles. The Ford dealer even showed me how to replace it, it only took 20 minutes. Had windshield wipers come on from time to time for no reason. I found a fix on the internet that is simple. You carefully open the wiper timer on the turn signal stalk and clean all the grease out. Spray with contact cleaner and clean with q tips, then lightly regrease and reassemble, this solved the problem. Be careful you do not lose any parts. It would be best to Google the repair for exact directions. Truck gets 27-30 mpg, original plugs and timing belt. Excellent vehicle.

16th Nov 2008, 09:16

I just passed 176,000 miles on my ranger and the only problem I have had is the dash lights have burned out. 4 years ago I decided to drive it till it broke then buy a new one but it is still running strong. I added a helper spring to help support the outrageous amount of weight I make it carry but it is getting decent gas mileage with a fully loaded bed. I would recommend this truck to anyone. You can't beat a ranger.