1988 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1988 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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  • 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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Ron writes:
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Good mileage for it's size, good entry into the world of trucks

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Lack of power, head-gasket issues on 86-88 V6 Rangers

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A Great Canvas To Build Off Of; Rangers Can Become Anything From Street Machine To Serious Off-road — My first truck ends up being a project just like almost everything else i seem to buy ;) The truck was originally purchased with one goal in mind, to be the replacement base for a paintball tank at my local paintball field. The previous truck, and 1990 Mitsubishi 4WD pickup, was too far gone to be saved with my limited knowledge of it, and the lack of parts availble for it. The Ranger was purchased in non-running condition, off the road for 2 years, for 300 dollars off of Craigslist. The non-running part was easy to fix, as there was only a couple of fried connections and a blown fuse to the fuel pump. After a tune up, the engine ran like a dream, despite having over 116k on the clock. Right now the truck is serving double duty as a farm vehicle and a paintball tank, with the eventual goal being to put it back on the road and use as a work truck. Only thing stopping me right now is a new bed, an exhaust, and some frame repairs. The few times i've had to take it up through the gears it does drive quite well; you can really only get to 4th gear on the back roads i drive it on before you run out of space or don't feel like rattling your teeth out on the bumps. Combine a 2.9 V6 with the M5OD 5 speed in the truck and you've got a good setup for just about anything. However the upside is also the downside; the Cologne V6 engine is fraught with head gasket issues from 86-88, thanks to a flaw in the cylinder head design on American Cologne engines only. Also, being only 2.9 liters means this truck won't win any speed trials; it will get up and go, but it's no V8 and shouldn't be expected to smoke the tires. as long as you keep that in mind, and keep a good eye on the engine's vitals, these can last well into 200k miles before needing any work.

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

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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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cherikaw writes:
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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
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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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Corey writes:
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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:
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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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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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Garrett writes:
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Tough truck.

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Its old.

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Its All Steel. — Performs excellent on and off road, extremely durable frame and suspension. Its old so its seen a lot of action and needed some repairs/modifications to keep it going but its always been a solid truck. Only complaints I have is its a little too small inside for any more than 2 people, even with extended cab. Parts are cheap and easy to find. Theres still a lot of performance upgrades available too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cwjet writes:
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5 speed

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bad paint

cwjet
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Great Truck, Versatile — it's a great utility vehicle, a 4X4 (can't go wrong with that) and is easy for me to get in and out. Don't know what the mpg is yet, I beleive it is about 18 highway but have to double check that

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

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Brian writes:
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5

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its bad ass little 4x4

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its hard to work on

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Love It Or Hate It Your Choice — I love my truck but have found that its more difficult than easy to work on, like most fords are.. I wanna paint it dark gray and have black rims eventually. I also wanna get a lift kit and bigger mud tires on it..

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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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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1983 Ford Ranger Reviews

Low Gas Mileage, But Hey, It's A Hotrod By munch

Good looks and awesome power. Would love a fancy radio but the cab doesn't allow much to be added in the way of amps and speakers. May upload a few pictures in the future because I may be selling it... Read More

Great Choice For Work Truck! By frankyb

The Ford Ranger is probably the best compact truck ever made. People generally get hundreds of thousands of miles out of them. I am no exception. My 1983 Ford Ranger 4x4 has turned over it's odometer ... Read More

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1984 Ford Ranger Reviews

Great 4x4 By lukasveit

i have been thru alot with my little ford ranger and it has came thru every time i have done road trips, off roading, camping, ect. and its a great little truck and starts every time cold start or not... Read More

Needs A Full Rebuild By Joseph

Weak 2.3L burns oil, gets about 10L for 100km, carburated, 4spd on the floor, body is in good shpae for an 84, frame has no rot, good for a project truck. Does good in the twisties for a truck. Part... Read More

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1985 Ford Ranger Reviews

1985 Ford Ranger By Daniel

love the truck .....its got all brand new parts new seeen snow its a good truck for raceing .....it handles good...brand new front end....its set up for raceing.....its awsome on gas.....yes the truck... Read More

1985 Ford Ranger By Ian

I bought this truck a year ago for $1300 dollars, and have invested about $1000 more into it with a new clutch, new brake master cylinder and new power brakes. She's held up real well, although I d... Read More

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1986 Ford Ranger Reviews

It's Been A Greet Get Around Car. By kenzhardy15

For how small and light the truck is I'm disappointed the gas mileage wasn't better. I do however love having complete visibility. As well as being able to park my truck just about anywhere because it... Read More

The Branger By Purpledragon

I love this truck, my dad built it himself and we always ride in it. When we go muddin we are always the ones to pull the other people out of the mud ;) There is no other truck like it. Read More

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1987 Ford Ranger Reviews

The Best Car/truck Ive Ever Owned By Kyle

even though it didnt have airbags and my seat was only half bolted in this truck saved my life in a 90+ MPH crash with a guardrail, i should be dead. this truck was like a child to me. i miss her soo... Read More

Country Boy College Kid Fun Ride By Allen

This is an amazing little truck with an awesome package. It is small, but still has 4WD and enough power to get into some trouble. Mnine has a 4" body lift and some decently bulky tires on it too. ... Read More

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