I bought a 2004 Ranger 4 X 4 brand new with 13 miles on the odometer. It has
been a very good little pickup
& the only problem I ever had was a flat tire when I got screwed by running over
a screw. The Goodyear tire
shop said the steel cords were un-damaged & they patched it from inside & it has
held air for over a year. The
other problem was a PATS failure & even with four spare keys, the instrument
cluster padlock icon would just
flash when I tried to start the vehicle. I had it towed to the dealership where
I bought it from & they replaced the
PATS transceiver. Other than that everything else works great & I perform the
proper maintience at the required
intervals. Why do so many people complain about the ranger when every make &
model of all motor vehicles has
it's own can of worms somewhere.
I complain about the ranger because it is small, hard on fuel, terribly
uncomfortable to drive, lacks power.
I have an 02, with 200,000kms on it (120k miles), the motor went at
around 180k, the rear end is going on its 3rd one now, still in the shop
over a week.
it has all kinds of little quirks...
The ECU needs replacing currently effecting my ABS system..
The springs are very very light, i've broken 4 leaves and finally
replaced the whole set on each side.
The shocks are too light duty to do anything with.. but you can't put
anything heavier.. or i'd break the frame worse than it is already..
oh, yes, the frame broke off at the back right by the shock mounts...
lets see... at about 60,000kms the spindle broke on the front, and the
wheel came back and smashed my passenger door.
on the bright side the transmission is very good... all the other woes
about the automatic transmissions (i know a guy on #5 with an 04 3.0L w/
All that said... i can get a much better truck for basically the same
price, and only a few MPG harder on fuel... its called an F150
I wish they would stop making rangers in 2008 like they planned... so
nobody needs be plagued by these poor excuses for a compact halfton ever
I would like to point out that there are two Ford Rangers, the US model,
made by Ford, and an unrelated model, designed by Mazda and sold in many
markets outside North America.
You can read more about it at wikipedia.org and other sites.
Picked up a 97 for my son..... no complaints here.... 19 years old - hauls
his quad - he likes to 4X4.... 270,000 kms on the truck, a used motor was
installed before I picked it up.
If you're looking for good gas mileage... I suggest a Civic or a hybrid...
Just because something will fit in the box doesn't mean the truck can haul
it.... The springs and the shocks are adequate for the trucks rated
payload.... If you needed a half ton, why are you driving a Ranger?
I live in Canada, too... I just don't know why that would make a
Uhhm... i don't haul anything with my ranger.
Putting the fourwheeler in the back (just BARELY fits) about 3 times a
year smoothens the ride... but is not doing any favors for the truck...
a fourwheeler is FAR too heavy for a ranger.
Pathetic gas mileage. for all the power the 3.0L has, a fella might as
well get a 4 banger Sonoma that gets over 30MPG in the 5spd.
i just calculated my last tank... (i log ALL tanks of fuel BTW)...
15.67L/100KM (14.99mpg) This is on the NEW motor (by new i mean came
from a vehicle in the junk yard with 27,000kms on it)
Just this weekend, I took a 5.3 GMC from the car lot for a day, I put
over 300kms on it... i got 14.41mpg with that truck. This weekend I
Hope to take a ford and do the same thing (i know the guy on the lot)
...because the one thing humans do well without any training is
My 2002 4X4 XLT Ranger 4.0L 5speed automatic transmission has 58,000
miles on it, no real problems.
I had to clean the IAC valve once, that took all of 10 minutes.
Plenty of power, rides very good, I average 18 miles per gallon with
normal driving, highway a bit better at 21mpg,
and that is with 4.10 gears.
But you can't judge a book by it's cover & the hottest looking Dodge Viper may
in the parking lot but be totally useless if a connecting rod is protruding
through the oil pan.
Looks can be deceiving & I really think that it is personal preference on what
own & drive. I really like the Ranger while others prefer a full sized pickup
like the F-150
series. I don't do any really heavy hauling or towing but it was nice to
transport a full sized
refrigerator or oil furnace in the box to my house using my "tiny" pickup. It
works really nice
for me & I love the truck even though I would like to disable the PATS system
but I will
have to wait until the extended warranty expires before I poke around the ECM
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