2004 Ford Ranger

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$14,575

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2004 Ford Ranger

Key specs

Base trim shown

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

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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 design 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

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

4.4

Great choice for first car for my son

I am glad we got this car for my son, we decided to get a 2 door so he wont be giving a ride to a lot of his friends and we got it for a good price and good condition

4.3

Great little truck

I brought it used with 133k on the truck. It was a fleet lease truck. I owned the truck for 7 years and put another 150k on it. Never a major repair until the end(which I didn't do) it needed a new engine. But at 283k and 17 years old ...something would give out especially when I didn't maintain it has it should have. It developed a miss fire since The spark plugs weren't change by me after I put over 100k on a set of plugs. Other then that just keep oil in the engine. I did replace the Radiator too... other then that and brake pads she ran fine. Ford can build trucks that last forever. Absolutely would buy another.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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