2003 Ford Ranger
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2003 Ford Ranger (Utility and Value)

by from on November 8, 2010

Its been almost four years now Ive spent driving a 2003 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. The truck has proven to be very capable for what it is. This is my review and thoughts on the truck itself. The Truck. (20...
Its been almost four years now Ive spent driving a 2003 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6. The truck has proven to be very capable for what it is. This is my review and thoughts on the truck itself. The Truck. (2003 Ford Ranger Edge Regular Cab) Engine - 3.0L V6 Transmission - 5-speed manual Color - Black (Engine/Transmission) For starters the 3.0L V6 with its 150 crank horsepower and 180lb/ft of torque is no tire melter. But it does produce enough power for a truck as small as the Ranger. Highway Passing power is less than steller, often time's I find that I need to drop 1 or 2 gears to effectivly get around slow moving traffic. This is not desired mainly because it cuts into mpg. For towing the 3.0L is fine for towing light loads such a Jet-ski or a small trailer loaded with say...furniture or something of that nature. I have managed to Achive consistant mpg of 17city and 23highway with this truck. Not bad, But could stand to be a little better. The 5-speed manual transmission is is decent, However it does not like to be shifted quickly. Sometime's it feels a little clunky, But only if im really trying to row the gears quickly. If shifted at a slower pace the 5-speed works great. (Ride/Handling) This is a weak spot for this truck. Ride is by all means harsh. The suspension is stiff and jiggly. Pot-holes found on the highway or around town can sometimes cause the whole truck to bounce to one side or the other a few inches. The ride does smoothen out quite a bit with a few hundred pounds of concrete thrown in the bed. But that takes a toll on Acceration and Fuel Efficency. Handling is actually really good for this type of vehicle. Steering is quick and responsive. And the taut suspension that so hurts the ride quality does in fact help in handling. The Ranger can scoot around corner's with greater ease than you might expect. (Brakes) Not much to say here, They work well, The pedel is not overly sensitive, Yet if you really need to hammer them in an emergency stop they will bring the little truck to a halt very quickly. (Interior and Quality) The Interior of this 2003 Ford Ranger is basic, simple and to the point. It consist of hard plastics both black and grey in color. Analog gauge's and odometer. The interior is assmebled well for the most part, There are a few place's were gap's could stand to be tightend but nothing that's not liveable. The seats are quite comfortable, As they do hold you in place well and should fit most people of all shapes and size's comfortably. One aspect of the seats that is really impressive is the cloth material Ford chose for these seats. Its a very thick almost denim like black cloth. I am very impressed with this because despite the fact that this truck is almost 8 years old the seats show very little signs of wear and absolutly no signs of tearing or ripping. The A/C works great and can really freeze out even the most resilant of people. Interior leg room is acceptable. I myself am about 6.2 and I can fit comfortably in the Ranger. However someone who is about 6.5 and husky might complain of lack of room. (Problums?) In my ownership of this truck I have put about 30,000 miles on it. When purchased it had 77,000 miles on it. And currently has 107,000. During this time of owner ship I have only encounterd one issue. At about 103,000 miles the fuel pump quit. The cost of the repair (Both for the part and labor) was about 400$. Not cheap, But could have been worse. Other than that the truck has proven to be very reliable, I even took it on a 3,000mile cross country trip and had no issues what so ever with it. This concludes my review of this truck. I hope you find it helpful. I can reccomend this truck to anyone, who its looking for a cheap commuter truck with plenty of utility.
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Highly Functional with Outstanding Fuel Economy

by from Villa Park, IL on July 7, 2010

Bought this work truck in April of 2010. It has 110k miles. But was in good shape. First order of business was to change all fluids including the tranny & diff. Also tuned up and replaced all filters ...
Bought this work truck in April of 2010. It has 110k miles. But was in good shape. First order of business was to change all fluids including the tranny & diff. Also tuned up and replaced all filters along with O2 sensor. Replaced OEM air filter w/K&N. Welded a cat back exhaust w/2 1/2" pipe & Flowmaster 40. The neighbors know when I leave for work and come back home. And use Mobile 1. Spec'd out with the 2.3 L and 5 spd manual. Wouldn't have an automatic with a 4 banger. I'm 5'7". Cab is quite comfortable. Guage lay out is well done. Marvelous handling characteristics for a truck. Easy entry and egress. Average styling. Averaging 23 to 25 MPG in town. The first long trip that I took was from Chicago to Cols,OH. The bed was loaded with about 100 lbs of furniture. Got 30 MPG on the way down. Got 28 MPG on the way back, unloaded w/AC running. Even with a manual, the 4 banger is a somewhat underpowered. Sometimes hard to find a gear on the short throw shifter. But I love this truck!
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Excellent overall performance and Value

by from Troy, OH on May 24, 2011

I just bought my first truck. After much research and test driving I decided on the Ford Ranger. This little truck just felt right. It runs smooth and has everything I wanted for taking my Kayak to go...
I just bought my first truck. After much research and test driving I decided on the Ford Ranger. This little truck just felt right. It runs smooth and has everything I wanted for taking my Kayak to go fishing. Similar Chevrolet and Dodge trucks were just not put together well with rust or things falling apart on about everyone I looked at. The Toyoto Tacoma was rated well and is overpriced by a great deal because of that. The Ranger is just the best of all the small trucks for Value, cost, and performance.
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Great Truck

by from Huntsville, On on May 22, 2009

I have had my Ford Ranger for 3 years. I bought it from my father who bought it new. It is a custom V6 4.2 litre engine. It runs great, never had any problems with it yet. I would recommend the truck ...
I have had my Ford Ranger for 3 years. I bought it from my father who bought it new. It is a custom V6 4.2 litre engine. It runs great, never had any problems with it yet. I would recommend the truck to a friend in a heartbeat, and I would buy one again. They look sick and they are a great value for your money. I can't speak for everyone, but the performance and handling on my Ford Ranger is phenominal. If you are seriously looking for a truck that is good on gas, goes where you need it to go, does what you need it to do, looks great, good value for the money, and have all the girls wanting a ride, get the Ford Ranger. You won't be disapointed.
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Excellent light duty truck.

by from on January 22, 2010

This truck is capable of doing almost everything a full-size truck can do. The ride quality is also good for being a truck.
This truck is capable of doing almost everything a full-size truck can do. The ride quality is also good for being a truck.
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two of them for eight years - no problems!

by from fort dodge, iowa on April 3, 2012

easy to get around easy on gas (with small mods) all the power i could want. ( if i want to go fast i'll buy a mustang) comfortable, and never failed me.
easy to get around easy on gas (with small mods) all the power i could want. ( if i want to go fast i'll buy a mustang) comfortable, and never failed me.
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"My First Truck"

by from West Blocton, Al on September 11, 2007

In April, I brought a 2003 Ford Ranger Edge Subercab. What made this truck so appealing is that it's a good looking truck and I been doing my research and I have heard nothing but good things about th...
In April, I brought a 2003 Ford Ranger Edge Subercab. What made this truck so appealing is that it's a good looking truck and I been doing my research and I have heard nothing but good things about this truck. The one that I brought is blue has power locks, power windows, tilt, cruise, and six cd changer. Also, I like the fact it's a 4-door subercab. The truth is I have always been a chevy man but l like the ranger better the chevy colorado and the dodge dakota. The colorado is a very ugly truck and the dakota doesn't have much power unless you get a V8. When you buy a used truck, you buy it as is. I brought mine with 60,150 miles and right now I have 66,093 miles on it. It has been good truck and I'm been getting about 19-20 mpg on the highway. I wish had a brand new one that way it would be up under warranty and I would get a second set of keys. When I brought this one, they only give me one set of keys. Overall, I really enjoy my truck but I ended up paying more than it's worth.
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A good truck to start with

by from Chicago on October 23, 2007

I've had no major problems with my Ranger, and I'm happy with it. But the base 2.3 liter engine has no power at all for this truck, and that is my only complaint about it. If you have a choice, go wit...
I've had no major problems with my Ranger, and I'm happy with it. But the base 2.3 liter engine has no power at all for this truck, and that is my only complaint about it. If you have a choice, go with the 6-cylinder engine, either the 3 or 4 liter.
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Ranger beats S10 hands down!

by from FLA on June 10, 2006

This is my 2nd Ranger my first was a 97' reg cab, never had a problem with it, and was cheap to maintain just normal wear and tear items, I traded it in for a supercab. I had checked out the S10 and ...
This is my 2nd Ranger my first was a 97' reg cab, never had a problem with it, and was cheap to maintain just normal wear and tear items, I traded it in for a supercab. I had checked out the S10 and the Ranger is way better in just about every aspect. The Ranger is so solid in looks and feel, whereas the S10 cabin rattled like crazy.
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love my baby even with a transplant.

by from San Diego Ca. on May 30, 2016

I bought my 2003 Ranger new and haven't loolked back. The truck was trouble free for thirteen years until a timing chain broke. The engine was okay but the overengeering made a simple repair expensive...
I bought my 2003 Ranger new and haven't loolked back. The truck was trouble free for thirteen years until a timing chain broke. The engine was okay but the overengeering made a simple repair expensive and was cheaper to put a newer overhaul instead of using the original motor. The4.0 is a great little motor with a lot of torque and hauls a load well but it is fairly complicated for a domestic. I would like to see ford bring back the ranger except with the 3.9 or a less complicated motor because the truck overall is great and the v6 has plenty of power. Imay have this truck until the wheels fall off or until ford revives the ranger. Love my Baby.
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