2008 Ford Ranger

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2008 Ford Ranger

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Performance with four-cylinder
  • Resale value of regular-cab 2WD models
  • Fuel economy with V-6

8 trims

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Notable features

  • New, more-aerodynamic front bumper
  • Two cab styles
  • Standard passive anti-theft system
  • Two new 16-inch wheels available
  • Standard audio input jack for most stereos
  • Three engine choices
  • Manual or automatic

2008 Ford Ranger review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Ford’s compact Ranger truck enters 2008 with a more-aerodynamic front bumper and few other changes. The Ranger is available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. While its competitors — like the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota — have grown in dimensions over the years, the Ranger has remained relatively the same size for the past decade.

A tire pressure monitoring system and a passive anti-theft system come standard on all models. An audio input jack is standard for all stereos except the base AM/FM receiver. Two 16-inch aluminum wheels are available, and Sirius Satellite Radio is available on the STX, XLT, Sport and all FX4 models. Single-disc CD audio systems have MP3 compatibility.

Trim levels are XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road.

The regular-cab XLT model features a 7-foot cargo box, and the Ranger Sport can be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the Ranger Sport conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.

The Ranger’s front bumper has been redesigned to cut through the air more efficiently, and Ford says it improves fuel economy. New larger fog lights improve visibility, and a Grabber orange exterior color is available for 2008.

Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed. SuperCab (extended-cab) versions are fitted exclusively with a 6-foot bed.

Two rear-hinged rear doors, which are optional on SuperCab models, can be opened only after the front doors are open. XL models have black bumpers and a black bar-style grille, while the XLT gets body-colored bumpers and a chrome grille surround. Sport pickups have a honeycomb grille and body-colored bumpers and grille.

Regular-cab models ride a 111.5- or 117.5-inch wheelbase and measure 189.4 or 201.4 inches long overall. SuperCab Rangers have a 125.7-inch wheelbase and are 203.6 inches long overall. An optional tubular cargo-bed extension can add 2 feet to the 6-foot bed’s length.

Options include two 15- and 16-inch wheels and body-colored side moldings.

Regular-cab Rangers can seat either two or three occupants on either bucket seats or a 60/40-split bench. SuperCab models can be equipped with 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. Leather-trimmed seating surfaces and sport bucket seats are available.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available: a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a 148-hp, 3.0-liter V-6; and a 207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 238 pounds-feet of torque. Ford’s four-cylinder engine is standard in XL and two-door XLT SuperCab 4×2 models. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and a dashboard switch can engage four-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving. When properly equipped, the Ranger can tow 6,000 pounds.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Dual-stage front airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Rock Solid Truck

I purchased my 2.3L 5 Speed Manual new in 2008. I hit a deer, a guard rail on black ice and been rammed from behind at a red light... i can still let go of the steering wheel today with zero alignments done and she drives straight as a ruler. The engine has been abused and poor maintenance has over 230000km (143000 Miles) and is rock solid. The body is starting to fall apart due to all the salt we put on the roads in the winter up here, but if i had the chance to redo my life, i would still buy this awesome truck. Going to miss it eventually, but will try to push it another 10 years... A+ in my books


Solid little truck that just keeps going.

I picked this truck, a 2008 white XL with 2.3 and automatic, what most would call a fleet model 3 years ago with 122 K miles. Since then I have put on 50K more miles with no real serious repair issues. Brakes and shocks along with routine maintenance are all I've had to do. She burns no oil between changes and I think that I can get at least another 50K out of her. Mileage in mixed suburban driving is about 24-25mpg. With only RWD, it's not a truck for bad weather or going off road, but as a commuter truck it serves me fine and is real handy for picking up lumber or bulky items. Bilstein gas shocks helped the ride and handling a lot. With a fairly high axel and transmission ratios, 65 to 70 is as fast as like to drive it comfortably.




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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.
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
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