1996 Ford Ranger Consumer Reviews

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1996 Ford Ranger
4.5
Average based on 11 reviews
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cant get me stuck

by from champaign, il on February 21, 2009

i have the 4x4 xlt package and absolutly love it. im not the type that goes mudding to try to get stuck but if i were this would be the truck. regardless, i have towed many people from ditches and thi...
i have the 4x4 xlt package and absolutly love it. im not the type that goes mudding to try to get stuck but if i were this would be the truck. regardless, i have towed many people from ditches and this truck is the perfect winter vehicle, outperforms any vehicle ive ever driven. also a very reliable truck, bought with 102,xxx and i now have ove 140k miles with nothing more than oil changes, gas, and a whole lot of toys ive added. the styling may not be wonderful or modern, but you cannot pass up a ford 4.0 they're indestrucable.
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1996 Ford Ranger

by from Kentucky on February 4, 2008

I have had this vehicle for a year and a half. It has 170,000 miles on it and never had any problems. It doesn't have that many extra features but for the price you pay that shouldn't be expected. The...
I have had this vehicle for a year and a half. It has 170,000 miles on it and never had any problems. It doesn't have that many extra features but for the price you pay that shouldn't be expected. The gas mileage is excellent usually ranging 21-25 mpg highway. I would recommend this vehicle to first time drivers and for a good work truck that is easy on the gas mileage.
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amazing vehicle

by from Akron, OH on January 25, 2007

this is a great truck to drive and has a comfortable ride to boot. I would definately recommend this car to everyone.
this is a great truck to drive and has a comfortable ride to boot. I would definately recommend this car to everyone.
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Cant kill this War Horse.....

by from Vero Beach, Florida on February 23, 2014

So I bought an old 96 ford Ranger 5 speed Manual, Standard Cab "work" truck from my old boss for 300 bucks. Back in 2006, Already had 356,xxx miles on it,...but I figured for 300 bucks...still a good ...
So I bought an old 96 ford Ranger 5 speed Manual, Standard Cab "work" truck from my old boss for 300 bucks. Back in 2006, Already had 356,xxx miles on it,...but I figured for 300 bucks...still a good deal. Its now 2014 It has 847,254 miles on it, still runs like a champ. Outside of batteries and tires, the only thing I've done to it is change the oil and a couple headlights now again. Utterly amazed it has lasted this long.....
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1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L 5 spd

by from Ft Lauderdale,FL on May 1, 2013

Over 300,000 miles on mine- only thing done- 1 battery. PERIOD. This thing runs and looks Great after all this time- Body style still modern- people really don't know what year it is- many think mine ...
Over 300,000 miles on mine- only thing done- 1 battery. PERIOD. This thing runs and looks Great after all this time- Body style still modern- people really don't know what year it is- many think mine is a late 2000s model. LOVE MY RANGER
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1996 ranger

by from Omaha, ne on October 20, 2013

I bought my 1996 in Feb 2005. I've driven it from Arkansas to South Dakota pulling trailers and hauling cargo. I have replaced the clutch and starter. The 4.0L V6 is a workhorse engine. I have 177K on...
I bought my 1996 in Feb 2005. I've driven it from Arkansas to South Dakota pulling trailers and hauling cargo. I have replaced the clutch and starter. The 4.0L V6 is a workhorse engine. I have 177K on the truck. It has been absolutely great!! Gas mileage is 19-23 city and 22-26 on the road. (This was supposed to be my son's truck but I stole it from him.) The tire size is a little odd and I have had to search for the right size. I am selling mine since I bought a 2011 Ranger which I expect to keep until 2020. Ford is dumb to get out of the small truck market.
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Great Truck! Would purchase another!

by from Raleigh N.C on September 19, 2013

I own a 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3 liter 5 speed step-side pick up with regular cab. This truck is unstoppable! I bought it used with 230,000 miles on it and it ran great. It only needed a wiper motor. I dr...
I own a 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3 liter 5 speed step-side pick up with regular cab. This truck is unstoppable! I bought it used with 230,000 miles on it and it ran great. It only needed a wiper motor. I drove it everyday as a work truck equipped with ladder racks. This truck continued on up to 530,000 miles with out any major problems. I replaced common wear and tear items like alternators and radiator, brakes, belts and hoses. I did all the work myself without a problem. At 200k it needed a clutch and then another clutch at 510k. I also did the mass air flow meter. That was the only time that the truck actually broke down. I just disconnected the sensor and it continued driving. It never left me stranded until the last time the clutch went out. The radiator actually blew a hole in itself one day and overheated. I had a cooler full of water in the back. I filled it up twice after it cooled and drove it to auto zone where I installed the new radiator in only 20 minutes. The alternator goes out and warns you as its dying. Both times I was able to get it home before it quit. This has been the best truck ever! The only problems I have with it are that it doesn't handle well with the step-side bed in wet conditions and its a little weak on power. Also the tire size is odd and hard to find. I would surely recommend this truck. However is is not well suited for a new driver as its incredibly light in the rear and fishtails easily.
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best truck made

by from PARIS on March 19, 2012

very long runing truck..every thing still works even the ac. and carry big loads. just keep piling it on it will haul it.. NEVER BUY A CHEVY
very long runing truck..every thing still works even the ac. and carry big loads. just keep piling it on it will haul it.. NEVER BUY A CHEVY
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small truck

by from richland, wa on June 19, 2014

Got a good price on this but learned a bit more after i bought it had 166K miles. Heat works and AC works but due to a common problem in these trucks the blend door is messed up and you cannot change ...
Got a good price on this but learned a bit more after i bought it had 166K miles. Heat works and AC works but due to a common problem in these trucks the blend door is messed up and you cannot change the temperature. AC works only on max every other setting is max heat including the vent. Seems it was manufactured with a plastic rod and attaching bolt that after a while breaks partially or completely. Mine is partial so i am lucky to still have both heat and air. But if they made it with a metal bolt and nut this would never happen. When i researched this online i found many many examples of other people with the same issue. Only wish i had done some more research before or had checked out the heater and ac more closely before i purchased it so i could have asked the dealer to fix it.
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ok truck

by from on January 24, 2015

it gets you to point a to point b. It dose have a few issues, most are minor. has a knock in the engine, bearings are out, 4x4 dose not work. exhaust fell off. has a 150 000 miles on it
it gets you to point a to point b. It dose have a few issues, most are minor. has a knock in the engine, bearings are out, 4x4 dose not work. exhaust fell off. has a 150 000 miles on it
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