2002 Ford Ranger
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extremely versitile

by from manorville, ny on September 28, 2010

I have the 02 ranger 4x4 with the 4.0 liter engine. runs great. i can literally do anything with this truck. ive towed cars, hauled 40 heavy bags of mulch several times, and taken the truck offroading...
I have the 02 ranger 4x4 with the 4.0 liter engine. runs great. i can literally do anything with this truck. ive towed cars, hauled 40 heavy bags of mulch several times, and taken the truck offroading almost every day, no problems. exceptional in sand, mud, and snow in both 2wd mode and 4wd mode. as for fuel economy i cant really complain at all, 22 mpg with the 4.0 and plenty of power. the only thing i would change would be to make the extended cab a bit bigger, enough room for a full rear bench seat as opposed to the rear jump seats. although i am more of a full size truck kinda guy, the ranger will always be one of my favorite vehicles.
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Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned

by from Jersey Shore on November 25, 2012

Bought it new in 2002 XLT model extended cab 4x2 and now has 205,000 mi with no problems. Had to replace trans at 94,000 due to bad converter,otherwise no problems at all,can't kill this thing! I just...
Bought it new in 2002 XLT model extended cab 4x2 and now has 205,000 mi with no problems. Had to replace trans at 94,000 due to bad converter,otherwise no problems at all,can't kill this thing! I just do the normal maint. at the local Ford dealer. Keep thnking about replacing it,but why should I. Runs great ,but starting to show it's age because I don't wax as often as I should. Ford made a mistake by not building the Ranger any more.
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most reliable car ive owned

by from CALIFORNIA on June 16, 2008

the truck drives well handles great . all controls are within reach. interior is nice , has rubber floor mats. has a plastic bed cover. the intrument panel is laid out nice. ive never had an engine pr...
the truck drives well handles great . all controls are within reach. interior is nice , has rubber floor mats. has a plastic bed cover. the intrument panel is laid out nice. ive never had an engine problem, overall its a great truck
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Great Little Truck...I love it!

by from Medical Lake, WA on April 8, 2009

Bought a Supercab FX4 in 2002. It's my third Ranger. I could not pass up the red color and stylish looks. Seven years and 75,000 miles later it starts, runs and handles like the day I drove it off the...
Bought a Supercab FX4 in 2002. It's my third Ranger. I could not pass up the red color and stylish looks. Seven years and 75,000 miles later it starts, runs and handles like the day I drove it off the lot. Everything about it is tight and well built, not light and chincy like others. The 4X4 has been awesome during the winters and back-country hunting and fishing trips. The power windows, locks, mirrors, AC, 4X4, and cruise control all continue to perform flawlessly. The 6-cylinder engine is plenty potent for a truck of this size. The extended cab fold-down seats will seat kids only. For reasons unknown, the rear axle chewed itself up at 50,000 miles or so, but was covered by warranty. It's definitely a truck and will let you know it every time you get it off road....it can be rough! Is is incredibly smooth and forgiving on pavement, though, and will earn your trust back. Gas mileage for mine runs 16-17 in the winter and 18-20 in the summer. Not as good as I'd like but I attribute it to the truck's weight...like I said it's heavy and well built. My first Ranger had over 150,000 problem-free miles before I lost it in an accident and the second had over 100,000 when I sold it. I won't get rid of this one (short of an accident) and see no reasons why this one won't achieve 200,000 plus. It's an incredibly durable, tight, well-built truck.
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Ideal small truck

by from Chicago suburbs on March 2, 2012

If you need to tow yachts every day, the Ranger probably is not for you; get a Super Duty diesel. The Ranger also might not be right for you if you need a car that does 70+ mpg; get a Fiesta ECOnetic ...
If you need to tow yachts every day, the Ranger probably is not for you; get a Super Duty diesel. The Ranger also might not be right for you if you need a car that does 70+ mpg; get a Fiesta ECOnetic diesel. If you want something that can haul normal loads, cruise around at 25 mpg, and actually start in Winter, then the Ranger is definitely a good choice. Mine is 10 years old, nearing 150k miles, and is still running as well as the day I took it for the test drive. It is the most reliable, comfortable and practical vehicle I have ever owned It just never lets me down. In fact, aside from regular scheduled maintenance my truck has needed only 4 minor repairs, all of which were cases of me letting it down - not the other way around. I love this truck. It has served me very well, and I hope it continues to do so for a long time.
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Next to the best Ranger I've ever owned.

by from MD on March 30, 2008

Bought new only after my wife refused to ride with me in my beat up 1986 Ranger with 246,000 miles. Purchased the 2002 XLT ext cab with the 3.0 engine. Driving and using my ranger after 100,000 miles ...
Bought new only after my wife refused to ride with me in my beat up 1986 Ranger with 246,000 miles. Purchased the 2002 XLT ext cab with the 3.0 engine. Driving and using my ranger after 100,000 miles I have to say I think it will surpass my 1986. "Zero" complaints on relialibility. Only areas I think could use improvement is: 1. Get the 4.0 engine vice the 3.0. My truck is way underpowered. 2. Comfort, this truck will let you know you have been riding in a truck after a short period in it. It will beat you to death. 3. MPG NEVER got over 17 MPG, :( Other than that GREAT truck for the $$$$
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Perfect Work/Commute Truck

by from El Dorado on January 2, 2009

I used to be a die hard Toyota Person. I had owned 6 Toyota vehicles & Prior to Toyota's a Chevy Vega. I bought my 2002 Ranger XL Utility Grade Truck used, thinking I would have to settle for a vehic...
I used to be a die hard Toyota Person. I had owned 6 Toyota vehicles & Prior to Toyota's a Chevy Vega. I bought my 2002 Ranger XL Utility Grade Truck used, thinking I would have to settle for a vehicle with established problems in need of repairs etc... Nothing could be further from the truth. I've been delighted with the new car performance of this Truck from the day I test drove it, with 83k miles already on it. It now has 96k miles and it is still the great little truck that impressed me when I bought it. I was so impressed with these Mazda influenced Fords, that I have recently purchased another. As used vehicles go, You just can't go wrong with a mellenium era FORD.
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Great Little Work Truck!

by from on November 6, 2008

Very dependable truck! Would buy an other! purchased new in 2002. Very little maintinence. I change the oil every 3,000 miles ,new waterpump,brake pads 3 times.Still have the original rotors with 90,0...
Very dependable truck! Would buy an other! purchased new in 2002. Very little maintinence. I change the oil every 3,000 miles ,new waterpump,brake pads 3 times.Still have the original rotors with 90,000 miles!Highly recomended!
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Great Car

by from Bensalem, PA on September 18, 2009

this car is my first car. i beat the car up and it still has absoultly no problems. after 30,000 miles i havnt had any problems. the 2 things i do wish is that it was a little bigger and it had a litt...
this car is my first car. i beat the car up and it still has absoultly no problems. after 30,000 miles i havnt had any problems. the 2 things i do wish is that it was a little bigger and it had a little more horse power. but other then that the car is wonderful. this little thing even towed my big 24 foot boat with the 3 litre engine.
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great little truck

by from Central Point, Oregon on June 25, 2012

redhot and fun, we are really enjoying it. Great mpg compared to our former suv. We actually have two Rangers, the above mentioed and a 1992, my hubby drives "whitie" most of the time, with fuel price...
redhot and fun, we are really enjoying it. Great mpg compared to our former suv. We actually have two Rangers, the above mentioed and a 1992, my hubby drives "whitie" most of the time, with fuel prices he loves getting 24+ mpg
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