1988 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1988 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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cherikaw writes:
1988 Ford Ranger Review
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5

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Good thing is bein an older vehicle it can sure take a beatin.

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bad thing is thecab needs replaced. Good luck finding a standard cab for sale.

cherikaw
65

Amazin — The truck literally will run til it dies. Unfortunately im now working out some bugs. It does alright for an 88. The heater works well if by chance you lets say flip it... You will survivewhle wearing a seatbelt. I love this truck and would love to find another.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tyson writes:
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3

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Its a standard transmition

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its too small!!!!

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Perfect Vehicle For Someone That Is Just Starting Out — Solid vehicle although a little small gets great gas millage and has decent power for its age. Relatively low maintenance costs and not too expensive to buy. It is relatively fun little truck to drive simply because it is a manual transmition. It is however on the small side but it helps when parking spaces are tight. It is a tough little truck and can hand loads of abuse

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Corey writes:
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5

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Runs Great, Has no Rust, Low Miles and Gets Great MPG on The Highway

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Has no cd player

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Best Old Pickup Out There — I love my Truck Its a 1988 ford ranger it is silver with blue and red trim It has next to no rust and runs great I have only had to put 20 bucks into it to replace a ruptured power steering line The only thing that sucks is I payed 2800 for the damn thing and it has no cd player I know, I know I shouldn't complain hey It only has 68,000 miles on it!

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Tracy writes:
1988 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Fun and good looking

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Just too small and underpowered for much other than look-good.

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'88 Ford Ranger Super Cab — Excellent little truck. I bought it more for look-good and daily driving. Super cab, 2.3L 4 cylinder , 5-speed, AC, Stereo. I put a bed liner and light bar on it. Not very fast but it goes pretty far. Not practical as my family grew.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Benjamin writes:
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5

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a great off road it has gone everywhere i have asked it to

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not made for tall people

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Build Ford Tough — It has gone every where i have asked it to go. and it tow anything i ask to it its got the 2.9 and motor is still working good with 235K. and its got good gas mileage for its age group

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Meagan writes:
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i painted it :)

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i had a toggle switch for the fuel injection.

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Found On Road Dead — i bought it for $50 when i was 15. it had a freshly rebuilt engine and transmission but needed a lot of body work. a summer spent making it look snazzy and i was happy. eventually, we had to install a manual switch for the fuel injection so it would work when needed. i sold it for $1000 and got a new car.

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Jon writes:
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Reliable/ Ford tough

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Small motor

55

My Beater — Not much power under the hood. A good truck for getting small/light load from a to b. Very small cab. One of the worst features of this truck. Like I said earlier, a reiable form of transportation. Good truck

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Jordan writes:
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5

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good

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more speed

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Good — the quality is good and its good performance shes slow but good apperances ever body knows its my truck when i go anywere because is a one of a kind its fun to dive and stick good good good good

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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A writes:
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paint very receptive to chalk drawings, great handling, looked awesome even with the giant dent in the bed, fits six high school kids with ease

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fluids refilled daily, horrible gas mileage, broken gas gauge to boot, too awesome for its own good

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Best Worst Truck Ever. — I absolutely loved this car, but it was a pain in the butt to maintain. I mean, it was my first car and just as old as I am so I couldn't really expect more. The body was in great condition until I wrecked it, but everything under the hood needed some help. It had a cracked head, the oil leaked, the transmission fluid leaked, the gas gauge was broken... Lots of maintenance and lots of money spent on fluids, but I still loved it. It had great handling. Awesome turning radius for a truck. I drove it like it was a zippy little sedan. Except I couldn't drive over 75mph or else the entire thing would shake up a storm. But it was so much fun and I wish I still owned it.

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Mike writes:
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4

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Utilitarian.

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Too small for four people.

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My Only Pickup — We really used this truck. It was my daily commuter and then on weekends we'd throw everything in the back and go camping. I learned that it was NOT a four-wheel-drive... It was a nice color of blue.

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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

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2009 Ford Ranger Reviews

Good Looker By Bailie

I liked the sporty look of the hood and fender flairs. The color is very pleasing as well as the interior color. The Rally Gauge Cluster gave interior a sporty look as well and was surprised that it... Read More

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i own the bare bones ford ranger, the only option ordered was cloth seats over vinyl ones. surprisingly the 2.3 liter engine has sufficient power for day to day driving. it also gets pretty good gas m... Read More

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2008 Ford Ranger Reviews

How Would I Sum Up This Truck ? By Fordtudor37

This Ford Ranger Regular cab, short bed, 4x4, 3.0 Liter engine with automatic overdrive transmission is a good vehicle for light daily needs BUT, it could have had better engineered by way of manual l... Read More

Great Truck For Me By Briant

For completely stock, she's quite torquey. 4.0L stock under the hood, along with everything else as well for now. Building from the ground up as soon as it is paid off, which will make it even better ... Read More

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2007 Ford Ranger Reviews

Great Truck, Very Fun To Drive, And To Keep Clean (well I Enjoy It Anyways) By Justin

I love my truck what can I say... She has given me some problems but always comes out stronger in the end! She has about 65k miles in her right now and I have people come up to me ans ask if its brand... Read More

Love My Truck, The Only Thing Is That The Double Cabs Should Come Out In 3ltr As Standard Though. By Mickey

Performance - acceleration - Great, braking - Needs ABS and EBS, handling - Great Build Quality - has it needed repairs? - No repairs, squeaks/rattles - None Appearance - interior - basic and functio... Read More

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