1999 Ford Ranger

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Base trim shown

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188.7” x 64.9”


Rear-wheel drive



5 trims

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1999 Ford Ranger review: Our expert's take

By Cars.com Editors

To those people who have spent their lives in cars, why trucks are so popular is a total mystery.

But to those who have driven trucks, the answer is easy, especially with a compact pick-up.

Compact pick-ups offer smaller engines than their beefier counterparts, allowing better fuel economy. This, along with a maneuverable size and available four-wheel-drive, makes a compact pick-up an option as a commuter vehicle. It especially makes sense if you have stuff to haul on the weekends.

Still not convinced? Try Ford’s Ranger and you’ll be hooked.

The Ranger was totally revamped for the 1998 model year. Late ’98 saw the addition of a Super Cab model; this year’s biggest change is the deletion of the flashy Splash model from the line-up.

When it comes to looks, this truck has it. It has more presence than the S-10, yet it’s not as flashy as the Dakota. It’s is rounded subtlety, yet remains substantial-looking. Certainly the Sport Appearance Group, which strips the chrome off the grille and bumpers, helps its looks. The Tacky “sport” decal doesn’t.

The line this year includes 3 engine choices: a 119-horsepower 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder, 150 horsepower 3-liter V6 and a 160 horsepower 4-liter V6 available in 4×2 and 4×4 drive-trains. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. A five-speed automatic is available with the 4-liter engine option.

Trim levels are base XL and fancier XLT.

Cargo box sizes are 6- and 7-foot lengths with the regular cab, 6-foot only with the Super Cab. A 4×8 sheet of plywood can be carried with the tailgate lowered. Payload rating ranges from 4,320 pounds in the base model to 5,120 pounds on the 4×4 Super Cab.

Ford provided an XLT Super Cab 4×4 with the 4-liter engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. Certainly this is the top of the range, but it proved to be a truck that almost anyone would love.

The engine, while down on power from the Dodge Dakota, still had good grunt to pull this Ranger through the woods. Certainly, the five-speed automatic helped with its smooth shifts. There was always enough power and the transmission behaved better than most Ford automatics. It’s also the only pick-up in its class to have this option.

Ditto the four-door Super cab, so convenient, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. The almost useless side-facing jump-seats can be deleted as an option.

Braking was uneventful from the front-disc/rear drum brakes. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard with the Super Cab, rear-only with the 4×2.

Although there was a good deal of power assist in the steering, it still provided a little bit of road feel. The four-wheel drive system, like those in other compacts, is a part-time system. Hubs lock automatically and the system can be activated at speed via its dash-mounted knob.

No matter which cab you pick, opt for the 4×4 if you can; it gives an added dose of handling prowess. Certainly when the weather g ets cold, icy and slick, (as it did during the test period) this little Ranger can get you through.

The dash is modern and attractive in the “swoopy” Ford idiom. Interior assembly and quality of materials seemed better than those from GM or DaimlerChrysler, though not exactly opulent. It’s surprising to find roll-up windows and manual door locks in a compact pick-up whose price approached 24 big ones.

Otherwise, the cabin was pleasant, with supportive, comfortable cloth bucket seats, a storage console, cupholders and additional storage up front. A 12-volt power point is thoughtfully supplied as well.

Road and engine noise were moderate, making it a decent choice for long distance travel, especially with space available in the Super Cab.

Of course, some of you might find the idea of a pick-up appealing, but hate the gas-guzzling image that it represents. For you, Ford offers electric and flexible fuel versions as well.

Prices start at just $12,295 for a reg ular cab4 x2. That’s just $340 more than a Ford Escort. Ranger 4x4s start at $16,175. Our top of the line tester had a base of $19,375 and topped out at $23,435.

With more flexibility than an independent prosecutor and a pleasing amount of choice along with a quality feel, it’s little wonder that Ford’s Ranger is number one in its class.

The Dakota is flashier and more powerful, the S10 comes in even more iterations, but Ford seems somewhere in the middle — just right.

1999 Ford Ranger XLT Super Cab 4×4

Engines: 2.5-liter I-4, 3-liter V-6, 4-liter V-6 Transmissions: 5 speed manual, four- or five-speed automatic Tires: P245/75R15 OWL Tires Standard: part-time four-wheel-drive, dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, power rack-and-pinion steering, trailer-tow wiring harness, P235/75R15 tires, aluminum wheels, intermittent wipers, chrome grille and bumpers, front tow hooks, inside box tie-down hooks, spare tire lock, AM/FM/Cassette stereo, split bench seats, rear jump seats, passenger grab handle, cigarette lighter. Options: 4-liter engine, 5-speed automatic, P245 OWL all-terrain tires, stereo upgrades, 4-door option, bucket seats, XLT Sport Appearence Group (fog lamps, 16-inch wheels, color-keyed bumper and grilles, sport decals) air-conditioning. Base price base model: $12,295 Base price test model: $19,375 As tested: $23,435 EPA rating: 16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway Test Mileage: 16 mpg Competitors: Chevy S10, GMC Sonoma, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 4.7
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Cheap Reliable Fun Truck

I recommend the Ranger it’s fun to drive and the only issue I’ve had was the rust, which that’s normal in an old truck that’s been sitting outside for years in Ohio weather. My friends love the truck also, we do some drifting and donuts in the parking lot, real fun I’ll tell yeah!


Good one , I've found improvements .. Like it

The undercarriage should have been better designed and undercoated.. The vacuum line's didn't last long . I replaced with better line's. The brake line's with brass and nickel. Fuel line need brass and nickel... I got 203,000. Miles on mine ...


Spunky Little Truck

I bought the 1999 Ford Ranger XLT in high school. It was the 4 cylinder engine and basic for it's class. Manual roll down windows and had a flairside bed. It had 9,600 miles on it when I bought it. Overall it was a good little truck. Helped me learn how to get out of fishtailing and sliding in Nebraska winters. I really worked that little engine hard and it never failed me. This model and year is an excellent truck if you do the oil changes at 2000 miles and transmission flushes at 30k miles. Also change the shocks every 80k. Don't go by what the recommended. Do it sooner. Inside the cab was lacking space. Could fit maybe 2 in the cab. Small things will start to break at about 60k miles. Dome light won't shut off with door closed stuff like that. Easy to break into also if you don't have a solid back window. The four cylinder was very simple design and easy to work on. I bought my truck for $9,600 almost brand new and did the oil changes every 2,000 miles and transmission flushes every 30,000 miles. Had that truck for over 10 years and went to sell it before the prices of vehicles went crazy high. I sold it for $7,000 with $172,000 miles on it. This truck will hold its value if you do the maintenance before it's recommended by the manufacturer.

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Based on the 1999 Ford Ranger base trim.
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