31st Oct 2005, 11:40
I've now had 5 Rangers, and every one has 200,000+ when I get rid of it, the current has 44,000, I have had 2wd, 4wd, short bed, long bed, regular cab, super cab, auto, manual, 4 speed, 5 speed, 2.0l, 2.3l, 2.8l, 2.9l, never the 3.0l. You name it, I've had probably, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will stay with the Rangers for many more years. I currently have a 2003 with 4.0, 5 speed, manual, 4.10 gears, and this will out off road many jeeps and any hummer I've wheeled against.
I have had problems of squeaky rear suspensions, and generally low power (not with the 4.0) The current problems with the 2003 is squeaky rear suspension, and I have replaced 3 fan clutches, and 1 slave cylinder. Otherwise a wonderful truck.
15th Dec 2005, 09:09
I have a 2003 Ranger XLT. It is the 4th Ranger I have owned. All have been great trucks and this one is the best of all. Absolutely no problems.
3rd May 2006, 11:44
I have a 2003 Ranger XLT. This is the second Ranger I have owned next to an 1989. The 89 was a great great truck and the 2003 is turning out to be the same. I think someone having problems with their Ranger needs to learn how to take care of a truck before running their mouths about it. Thanks.
27th May 2006, 10:28
I just bought my 4th Ranger (a 2006 Sport). I've never had one second's trouble with any of my Rangers and I know guys who have over 300,000 miles on theirs. I guess there can be bad ones in any make, I have just never even known anyone who had trouble with a Ranger. They are one of the best built trucks on the planet.
31st Jul 2006, 20:52
2003 truck 165000 miles on it, and then he said he is scared to drive it. Smells fishy to me.
12th Sep 2006, 17:34
I suspect that some of these negative reviews are posted by Japanese car salesmen. No Ranger I've ever heard of has ever had a problem. They are the best built, best selling truck on the planet. My family has had 6, and never had one single problem with any of them. I met a guy not long ago who drives an '88 Ranger that now has 340,000 miles on it without anything beyond routine maintenance. They may not be the world's best looking truck, but they are the world's best built truck!!
7th Sep 2007, 00:32
I disagree. I bought a 2003 Ranger Edge out of the lot and I had a lot of bad luck with that truck. If I only knew this website was here, I would have wrote something 4 years ago.
Since I got that truck, I had to replace the 2 back tires. And the driver side door would open ever once in a while. I took it to the dealer, but found nothing wrong with it. But it kept on.
Also I had the little sliding window in the back open ever-time I would hit a pothole. And because of that they stole some CDs and a cell phone. And also the fan belt was always squeaking every morning when I would turn on the truck.
I say I will stick the Chevy line up; it's better. I've got a 1992 Camaro that runs like it was new. Also a 2000 Blazer with 133333 miles on it and still runs strong. Proud to have a CHEVY.
17th Sep 2007, 23:04
I have a wonderful '03 Ranger n4 door supercab. I did have to replace the tires at 55K. I put on Bridgestone Revo's much better than the stock tire. I just turned 65K on it and with regular maintenance this is a sweet mechanical car. For some reason the clutch Slave Cylinder went out at 60K, but I attributed that to it being a Mitsubishi transmission. I spent a Saturday pulling the tranny and replacing it the same evening. So it isn't a hard vehicle to work on, the part cost 45 bucks, This compare to my BMW who's clutch cylinder runs 180 bucks. I checked for comparison. The 4L is a powerful engine, and with the bed cover I get 21 MPG. In a truck. So quit complaining and replace the squeaky belt. Read the owners manual you are supposed to maintain the vehicle.
30th Sep 2007, 00:08
Hi I love my 1987 2.9 ranger 24mpg 300000 miles even lost the orig. engine due to the fuel pressure regulator, still it's a great truck. Now my 2003 ranger extra cab 3.0 automatic trans at 21000 I lost the #1 cyl. intake valve "spring" anyone else lost a valve spring? The gas mileage stinks at 19 mpg and I hit my head if not ducking to get in the darn thing BTW I'm 5'8" tall. The cab is the same size, but the seat is higher off the floor on the 2003.I generally like both trucks maybe if I loose 30 lbs I won't hit my head.
7th Nov 2007, 21:44
I find it very hard to believe that a Ranger would have that many issues. I am a Ford technician and we very, very seldom have any problems with the Ranger series. They're simply too simple to break. I own a 2003 2.3 liter 4 cylinder XL, sure its slow and a bit small, but usually needs little upkeep.
Fuel pumps are a common problem with many Ford products, issues are usually caused by the vehicle sitting for excessive periods without fuel stabilizer in the system, causing the pump to gum up.
20th Feb 2008, 18:51
My brother's Ranger just recently passed 400,000 miles ('89 with the 2.9 V6). The engine is all original and runs like brand new. That is pretty good as far as I am concerned. I am considering buying a Ranger myself, a 3.0 extended cab model.
By the way, I noticed the 2008 3.0 Rangers are the only trucks available where you can still (properly) get a cast iron block with cast iron cylinder heads. Everything else is either all aluminum or has aluminum heads. I'll pass on that garbage.
20th Mar 2008, 19:27
Had a 94 Ranger with 195k, and 3 slave cylinders and 2 trannys, but NO other problems.
Got an 01 and love the 4.0, no problems other than drivers window broke twice. and it needs brakes every 40k, It has 130k now and overall I'm pretty happy.
15th Oct 2009, 17:04
I have a 1986 Ford Ranger 2.9 V6 with 206K that thing never left me on the side of the road. Just the fuel pump went bad, but after 22 years that's outstanding. I use that truck as a beater.. I got a 03 XLT in 07, that Ranger left me on the side of the road at 27K with a bad slave cylinder, but other than that, the 03 has been in -2 weather and 125F Death Valley heat. Ford trucks are just made to last..
15th Oct 2009, 18:17
"I suspect that some of these negative reviews are posted by Japanese car salesmen."
Right, because the Japanese companies need to stoop to that level to outsell these junk boxes. I have these things in my repair shop all the time. Most of the repairs being done are transmission rebuilds. The most mileage that one of them had was 123,000. The most recent only had about 60,000 and it had already had 2 previous transmission rebuilds.