2008 Ford Ranger
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Hoping For my Fifth Ranger

by from Western New York on June 18, 2010

I have owned four Rangers over the years. Two had the 3.0L V6, one had the 2.3L and the last I owned had the 4.0L V6 with 4WD. All but the 4WD were 5 speed manual models and provided very consistent g...
I have owned four Rangers over the years. Two had the 3.0L V6, one had the 2.3L and the last I owned had the 4.0L V6 with 4WD. All but the 4WD were 5 speed manual models and provided very consistent good fuel mileage, ranging from 19 city to 28 hwy (that was on a 3.0L V6). My 4.0L was the worst with probably a best average of 16 mpg, but it was also 4WD and I drove it more aggressively too. I had no mechanical breakdowns on any of these, and found them to be quite comfortable and a good handling little truck -- very fun to drive. I miss owning Rangers so much that even after getting vehicles I have been happy with, I always have gone back out looking for another Ranger eventually. I am over 6 feet tall, and though I have had three regular cab models, I suggest the Supercab model for it's extra room and ability to place small items in the cab out of the weather.
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Reliable, enduring truck for the self sufficient.

by from Houston on July 30, 2009

I have a 2000 Ranger XTL Extended cab 6 cyl 2wd auto trans. I ordered it with the upgraded seats. At that time they were the standard seats from an Explorer. It currently has over 206,000 mi. I am ha...
I have a 2000 Ranger XTL Extended cab 6 cyl 2wd auto trans. I ordered it with the upgraded seats. At that time they were the standard seats from an Explorer. It currently has over 206,000 mi. I am halfway though my fourth set of tires. The regular maintenance i do myself: changing Oil, Belts, Spark plugs, battery, fuel filter. It is high enough off the ground i change the oil with out jacking it up. It has been in two fender benders. I drove for 8 years 1 hr to work and 1.25 hrs from work between 0 and 40 miles per hour in stop and go traffic. during that time I took trips half way cross the country and back loaded with camping gear or funiture. It has carried pallets of bricks. It has been through flooded streets of foot deep water without a problem, over curbs and pot holes, through fields and pastures. It fits in any parking spot. it gives you an elevated view of the road. Not including accidents and regular maint. I have spent less than $3500 replacing broken parts. $2000 of that was the A/C compressor (et al) at 167,000 mi. Most parts I replaced myself. The Ranger is easy to work on. The six cyl gets disapointing milage. I get 18 -19 no matter what. Just like it always had. At 200,000 mi I was going to get a new Ranger, but i got a mustang instead. i still have the Ranger and I drive it to work every day. i am only 5 mi from work now. take care of your Ranger and it will take care of you. It is a great value. Rick
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fun little truck

by from allegany county ny on August 25, 2008

i have an 05 very basic ranger and i've put 20,000 miles on it in a year and i'v got around 28-32 miles to the gallon with a 5 speed and the i4 it's not the beefest or most powerful truck around but i...
i have an 05 very basic ranger and i've put 20,000 miles on it in a year and i'v got around 28-32 miles to the gallon with a 5 speed and the i4 it's not the beefest or most powerful truck around but i can put 2 cubic yards of mulch or 1500lb od scrap steel in the back and still pull the hills around here at 55 which impresed me alot because the first time i loaded it i didnt think it would be that quick on the hills. this truck is comfortable enough that i drove 6 hours in it and i'm 6'3''.
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Excellent small truck

by from henderson nevada on August 30, 2009

Five months ago I purchased my first Ford product. A Ranger XLT. So far, my experience has been great. Truck handles well, easy on gas and looks great. Cab is comfortable and gauges are easy to read. ...
Five months ago I purchased my first Ford product. A Ranger XLT. So far, my experience has been great. Truck handles well, easy on gas and looks great. Cab is comfortable and gauges are easy to read. I like the general look of the truck. I do disagree with a consumer reports article that said the interior looks cheap. I also do not find that the truck requires a lot of steering input from the driver. All in all I am perfectly happy with my purchase.
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It was worth it

by from vancouver, wa on March 8, 2011

Overall this truck is a great deal. I have many times wanted to trade it in for more ump however on many trips when i though it would not have that ump it make it and it performed fine,. With the 4cyl...
Overall this truck is a great deal. I have many times wanted to trade it in for more ump however on many trips when i though it would not have that ump it make it and it performed fine,. With the 4cyl it does well on hwy keeping up, and just great in town. It;s a little light on wetness and snow, and slides very easily and need to be weighted down if not r4 wheel drive as my is not.
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I love this truck!

by from Georgia on July 2, 2008

Okay, so I have only owned this truck for a week so I may be a little biased due to the hype of having my first new truck. However, I feel I got a great deal for the truck. Like others have said, I ha...
Okay, so I have only owned this truck for a week so I may be a little biased due to the hype of having my first new truck. However, I feel I got a great deal for the truck. Like others have said, I have seen 250,000 miles put on these trucks and they still keep on tickin'! I love the way this truck handles. I just stepped up from a compact car, so I thought it was going to be hard to control. I have owned this truck a week and I feel I have been driving it for years. It looks great and rides the same. I will write another review after a few months and years if anything changes, but so far, soooo good!!
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Sturdy little truck

by from Oregon on November 13, 2008

We've only put about 1500 miles on our Ranger in 8 months, but so far it has done everything we've asked of it. We haul 1/2 yard loads of garden soil and compost in it with no problems. One longer roa...
We've only put about 1500 miles on our Ranger in 8 months, but so far it has done everything we've asked of it. We haul 1/2 yard loads of garden soil and compost in it with no problems. One longer road trip went well. It is a truck, so it's not the smoothest ride, but it is economical. Four cyl. gives us all the performance we require. The standard cab is cozy, but the split bench seats are a plus, as I am tall and my wife is short, so we can adjust our seats to our needs. The only add on was air conditioning, which works great!
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work truck

by from Cleve, Oh on March 27, 2012

This 2008 Ford Ranger was a basic model. My work transportation. Stick w/no ammenedies, other than A/C. Drove it for 4 years w/no cost other than gas & reg oil changes & traded it in for $1100 less th...
This 2008 Ford Ranger was a basic model. My work transportation. Stick w/no ammenedies, other than A/C. Drove it for 4 years w/no cost other than gas & reg oil changes & traded it in for $1100 less than I paid.
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Reliable Truck

by from Norfolk, VA on March 22, 2009

Others may have bad ones, but I like mine, bought it used with 62,000 already on the clock, drove it a month, and replaced the engine (thanks for a warranty) have added 25,000 and still going strong. ...
Others may have bad ones, but I like mine, bought it used with 62,000 already on the clock, drove it a month, and replaced the engine (thanks for a warranty) have added 25,000 and still going strong. Gas milage is ok, about 22 as I do mostly highway driving. The biggest problem I have is when it rains and freezes, the drivers door always is frozen shut... This truck does what I bought it for, driving to work, hauling stuff (for the neighbors mostly)..
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Just what I wanted

by from Syr., NY on March 5, 2012

Very helpful, great deal. Drove it home that day. What wewanted for my trade in. Clean,great tires, handles well. LjB
Very helpful, great deal. Drove it home that day. What wewanted for my trade in. Clean,great tires, handles well. LjB
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