2004 Ford Ranger

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$14,575

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style

3

Seating capacity

187.5” x 64.9”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Driving ease
  • Maneuverability
  • Build quality
  • Fuel economy with four-cylinder

The bad:

  • Performance with four-cylinder
  • Resale value of regular cab
  • Fuel economy with V-6

11 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 Ford Ranger trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Two cab styles
  • Three engine choices
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Wide variety of models and options

2004 Ford Ranger review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Ford gives compact-pickup buyers plenty of choices. Last year, Ford made some new option groups available for Rangers, including an FX4/Level II option group that was dubbed the “true offroad enthusiast package.” Early in 2003, a Wheels and Tunes package built around a CD/MP3 player emerged for the XLT 4×4 SuperCab. A Tremor SuperCab audio package also was offered.

For 2004, all Rangers get a raised, powered dome hood. The new nostril grille has horizontal bars on 4×2 models and a honeycomb pattern on 4x4s. A rally gauge cluster is new, and a Pioneer Sound Package includes an in-dash six-CD MP3 player. Later in the model year, leather seating surfaces become optional and the Tremor audio system gets a boost to 510 watts and adds MP3 capability.

Aimed at young buyers, the sporty Edge edition conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger — but with a lower price. Ford holds a controlling interest in Mazda, which markets the closely related B-Series Trucks.

Exterior
Rangers come in three sizes and with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed, while the SuperCab (extended-cab) version is fitted exclusively with a 6-foot bed. Short-bed pickups are available with a Styleside (smooth-sided) cargo bed or with flared rear fenders in Flareside form.

The powered dome hood leads into a painted platinum honeycomb grille on most models; the XL version has platinum-colored grille bars, while the XLT displays chrome bars and the Edge features black mesh. Two rear-hinged rear doors, which are optional on SuperCab models, can be opened only after the front doors are open.

Regular-cab models ride a 111.6- or 117.6-inch wheelbase and measure approximately 188 inches long overall; however, the long-wheelbase Styleside version stretches to 199.5 inches long overall. SuperCab Rangers have a 126-inch wheel span and are about 202 inches long overall. An optional tubular cargo-bed extension adds 2 feet to the 6-foot bed’s length. A hard, two-piece tonneau cover is optional.

Interior
Regular-cab Rangers seat two or three occupants on optional bucket seats or a split bench, respectively. SuperCab models add a pair of rear jump seats. Like all jump seats in compact pickups, the Ranger’s rear seats are too small to hold adults comfortably.

Under the Hood
Two-wheel-drive Rangers are equipped with a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. A 148-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is standard in four-wheel-drive, Edge and SuperCab models and optional for other two-wheel-drive Rangers. Topping the list is a 207-hp, 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam V-6. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed-automatic transmission is optional. A dashboard switch can engage four-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Child-safety seat anchors and tethers are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Ranger is pleasant to drive, friendly in personality and capable in every significant respect. It rides and handles on par with its domestic competitors from General Motors and Dodge. Each model is attractive, well designed, solidly built and reasonably comfortable inside.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

HAPPY GRANNY. (85) and going strong

My third Ranger a 2004 Xlt 5 speed Manual tranny 6cyl that I bought in 2007 with 52k. I now have 230,000 miles only issue when a ford dealer Mechanic didn’t know how to drive a manual, when I finally stopped doing all oil and all filter changes myself last year, I requested an experienced manual driver for my truck. I only use Motorcraft products and rarely change my gas only use Conoco I get 20+mpg have no fluid leaks or useage. I pulled a 18ft camper and several uhaul trlrs. Never had any issues. Have great speed pickup in traffic. This truck will be my forever vehicle to pass on to my great grandchild. LOVE MY RANGER

5.0

Tough little truck

Had a 2004 4x4 manual ranger as a business vehicle for years I could recommend them if they aren't rotted out. Ours lasted 260,000 miles before the frame got really bad and it's now a farm truck. The engine is relatively reliable easy to replace and parts are cheap. The interior is sparse and cheap like an old pickup truck it's fine for what it is The exterior gets the job done and the 4x4 worked great in the winter. The manual shifter felt like a truck you knew it was in a gear. And it drove fine on the highway just don't expect it to be a race car I could overall recommend this truck to anyone as long as the frame isn't completely rotted out

5.0

Hands down most reliable truck

I took over payments on this truck from my grandfather. It had 116000 miles. It’s got over 300000 and it doesn’t use oil. I’ve always put synthetic oil and maintained it. Brakes, tires, bolt on parts etc... wear out but it’s a solid truck. That’s why you still see them on the roads and not many for sale. I would trust it to drive cross country. No lie

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Safety

Based on the 2004 Ford Ranger base trim.
Frontal driver
4
Frontal passenger
4
Side driver
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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