Great little truck for its size
Great truck for comfort on long rides and for hauling pretty large loads. Will carry a load of rocks while pampering with great A/C and music from CD, cassette, radio. Stock sound system is impressive. 4wd may have problems after 20 years but just needs new vacuum lines and works fine. Taken care of, this truck will last for decades.
Best vehicle I have ever owned!!!
1998 2.5L manual step side. I bought it used for next-to-nothing. Interior and exterior are in great shape, runs great and is not as uncomfortable as some would have you believe. I mean, it's not luxurious but for the $$$, c'mon!
It just keeps going and going and going
I bought my Ford Ranger new in Maryland in 1998 for $13k. At the time I had just moved to a rural location from the dc suburbs and I wanted a cheap truck to help me haul my trash to the dump and get some hay for my wife’s 3 pigmy goats. Over the years I put absolutely no money in it, didn’t change the oil for years at a time, and certainly never did any other major or even minor maintenance. It was the cheapest Ranger on the lot, a 2WD (but with limited slip rear differential, what Ford at the time called 4x2), and a 7 ft bed instead of the typical 6. It had AC, and it was a manual, and that was it. Fast forward to 2019 and the truck is still here. Not only that, but it’s now in Alaska! My wife and I built a house in Alaska, and while we haven’t moved there full time, we spend all our vacations here. After a couple trips to Alaska it occurred to me I was getting fleeced by Hertz and Avis each trip. So I drove up the Ranger, 5k miles one way, and now each time we come up I grab the Ranger from a storage lot and drive it around while we are here. I did the first major maintenance in 20 years before I drove it from Maryland to Alaska, spent about $4k to replace the spark plugs, brakes, ball joints on a couple of wheels, but even the mechanic who did the maintenance couldn’t believe in how good a shape it was. Before that everything on the truck was original, at over 200k miles. Now it has $250k miles, the clutch is still the original one. I did a couple of extra changes when I got up to Alaska, I installed some air bags on the rear suspension so that I could put 600lbs or so of Sand bags over the rear axle for traction, and installed an engine block heater for the sub zero weather, and got some studied snow tires. The truck has done amazing up here. The limited slip rear dofferential and the clutch have made it surprisingly effective on the ice and snow. It tackles the many dirt roads of Alaska with no issues. The standArd 2.3 L I4 engine Is not super powerful by any stretch but is a good match to the truck and most importantly never strains. Each time I come back after a few months I check the ground under the truck and still no leaks. This little truck feels like it will last forever. And it’s not an exception, ir is amazing to see how many rangers from the 90s are still on the road. Ford made an amazing little truck with the Ranger, I’m glad I have One.