2005 Ford Ranger Consumer Reviews

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2005 Ford Ranger
4.2
Average based on 18 reviews
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Very good truck!!!

by from Wisconsin on February 16, 2009

This is my first truck and I enjoy it very much. It drives like a car, smooth. Yet it has the capabilities you'd expect from a 4 wheel drive vehicle. This truck has handled midwestern winters like a c...
This is my first truck and I enjoy it very much. It drives like a car, smooth. Yet it has the capabilities you'd expect from a 4 wheel drive vehicle. This truck has handled midwestern winters like a champ! I would definitely recommend this truck to anyone.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2005 Ford Ranger Super Cab With all Options

by from AL on October 22, 2008

Love it. Form the 4X4 option to the 6 cd changer to the better shocks and higher lift kit. The extra fog lights are bright, the step bar sturdy, the bed lining great. Never had any problems with it, n...
Love it. Form the 4X4 option to the 6 cd changer to the better shocks and higher lift kit. The extra fog lights are bright, the step bar sturdy, the bed lining great. Never had any problems with it, never been stuck, perfect truck for a small/midsize truck. Flaw is, 2 seats in the back are for show.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Should Not Have Bought this

by from Burlington, Vermont on March 13, 2012

I did not want to write this. I need a small 4x4, economical truck that won't need nickle and dime repairs. The local Ford dealer salesman swore on a stack of bibles the Ranger was stable. Basic desig...
I did not want to write this. I need a small 4x4, economical truck that won't need nickle and dime repairs. The local Ford dealer salesman swore on a stack of bibles the Ranger was stable. Basic design hasn't been changed in 20 years...refined all the systems over time, constant improvements, etc. I put only 6000 miles on over 2.5 years, (only has 44K on it now) it NEVER got more than 11 mpg, and I spent $1120 over the last 1.5 years on 2 seperate front end/brake/hub repairs. By the same dealer that sold it to me. What really bugs me is that they sold it with one of those 1 year "golden" warrantees so it suggested that they really looked this one over, but they couldn't have. I can tell by the way it drove from day 1 it was bound up. The repair receipt even says (from the mechanics notes) "this (11) mpg is not unheard of in a 4.0L 4WD Ranger"!!!!!! So if they expected me to find the problem, I'd say what it did instead is shot our relationship all to hll. The other small Japanese truck I looked at whcih I guess I cannot name in this review regularly sells used for a $3000 premium over the Ranger and I'm kicking myself becasue I knew that..........
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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An American Classic

by from Mpls, MN on January 31, 2013

Why change something that just plain runs forever? I bought my 2005 Ford Ranger new. (Just felt it was time to update from my 1994 Ranger; which was still running at 210,000 miles on it). The design i...
Why change something that just plain runs forever? I bought my 2005 Ford Ranger new. (Just felt it was time to update from my 1994 Ranger; which was still running at 210,000 miles on it). The design is timeless with the Ranger. The V6 engine delivers more than enough power than you'll ever need. With previous expirence, it could easily run for 300,000 miles. I have the supercab which is perfect if you don't have a family to haul around. But 2-3 people can fit in it pretty good. Great vehicle and if you have no need for a Full-size pickup, go with the last true compact pickup in the Ranger. Test drove all the foreign midsized pickups and the Colorado and Dakota and too be honest, nothing had the pickup truck feel that the Ranger did. I am biased but I do feel it is the last true small pickup for people who want to use their pickup
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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best pick up made

by from michigan on April 11, 2009

I am on the 5th ranger I have owned and they all have been great. Tough and dependable.I have a 4door extended cab 4x4 with a V-6.Not very good milage but good enough.
I am on the 5th ranger I have owned and they all have been great. Tough and dependable.I have a 4door extended cab 4x4 with a V-6.Not very good milage but good enough.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Good Little Truck. Great at what it does.

by from Fresno, Ca on February 27, 2012

This is my fourth Ranger. I use them both at work and at home. They really serve their purpose as a good little utility vehilce. I have the extended cab model that gives me the extra interior room. Th...
This is my fourth Ranger. I use them both at work and at home. They really serve their purpose as a good little utility vehilce. I have the extended cab model that gives me the extra interior room. The 6 foot bed is good for hauling everything from bikes to the family dog. They are tough, dependable little trucks. I buy the 4 cylider models and am very happy with the gas milage. The performance is adeqate. The motor gets the job done. I have never had any serious issues with any of the trucks. The comfort is okay for a truck.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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2005 Ford Ranger

by from Burlington, New Jersey on January 29, 2013

This is my second Ford Ranger. My first was a 2004 Ranger Edge 2WD. This Ranger is a 2005 XLT 4x4. I love this truck more than life itself. For my needs/wants the Ford Ranger is the perfect truck. I p...
This is my second Ford Ranger. My first was a 2004 Ranger Edge 2WD. This Ranger is a 2005 XLT 4x4. I love this truck more than life itself. For my needs/wants the Ford Ranger is the perfect truck. I plan on keeping this truck until the day I die.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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stylish

by from tn on November 7, 2006

great design very reliable and gets 23-24 mpg consistantly,add ons greatly improve preformance,interior is very modern exterior is sleek
great design very reliable and gets 23-24 mpg consistantly,add ons greatly improve preformance,interior is very modern exterior is sleek
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Very reliable vehicle and very economical.

by from Blackstone, MA on November 27, 2012

I put 186000 miles on this truck and it still purred. Wanted to buy another but Ford decided that I was not important to their bottom line.
I put 186000 miles on this truck and it still purred. Wanted to buy another but Ford decided that I was not important to their bottom line.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Bought a Used Ranger

by from Michigan on September 24, 2010

An 05 Ranger base XL 3.slo Vulcan v6 automatic RWD. I got it at 86,000 miles and since put 2000 miles on it, the previous owner was nice enough to put dents on it everywhere, but it was cheap truck. T...
An 05 Ranger base XL 3.slo Vulcan v6 automatic RWD. I got it at 86,000 miles and since put 2000 miles on it, the previous owner was nice enough to put dents on it everywhere, but it was cheap truck. The engine is the worst part, its slow, not all that fuel efficient and heavy. The exterior styling is good looking, it still looks somewhat good even with dents all over. The interior is cheap, bland and very old, the radio needed swapped becuase the stock one sucked, the vinyl seats are good however, and the layout is very simple. The chassis is a very old and outdated design, but that does make it more reliable and keep cost down, and makes it easier to work on, and making parts easy to find. Overall, it does the job, its affordable, and its easy to work on or customize. Avoid the 3.0 Vulcan engine.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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