1989 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1989 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 16 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 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
"cheap car" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews

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Johnathon writes:
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4

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reliability

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not a performance vehicle

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Great For A First Car — this car has lasted me since I was 16 years old. its not fast and its not pretty but it is reliable and always gets me where I need to go. I learned how to drive a stick in this truck and have only replaced the clutch once.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bradley writes:
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5

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Runs good, reliable, practical, economical, useful

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Minor repairs here and there

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One Of The Most Reliable Vehicles Ever Built In My Opinion And Best Light Truck Ever Built. — I love this little truck because it is always there when I need it. This truck has its minor fixes, but it is usually never something that affects the major operation of the truck. Every day when I go outside my Ranger starts right up and runs like a champ. I think the best proof of this was leaving it sit for two months during winter with only a quarter tank of gas going outside when it was -20 and having the thing start right up. It may be frustrating to deal with all the minor fixes, but hey this vehicle is old and was cheap so what can you expect. It is the perfect vehicle for someone who is looking for a cheap daily driver and a vehicle that can be used to carry medium sized loads.

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James writes:
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3

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The size to tow capability

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Doesnt look the best

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Great Work Truck — Built Strong. Great for hauling and saving gas at the same time. Great interior design. You can tow, haul or just go off road if you want. Fun truck to do whatever it is you are needing to do and more.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ScooterAmy writes:
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4

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242,000 still running

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I may put A V-8 in someday,but I doubt it.V-6 is still running strong.

ScooterAmy
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Ford Built Quality 1 — My 1989 supercab XLT is amazing.It has 242,000 miles and still runs like a champ.The original transmission died at 200,000 miles.Body is in great shape.I would have liked a v-8 option and better gauges back then.It is an amazing little truck.I think I will own this pickup until the die I die.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tony writes:
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5

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Great Gasmileage and very easy to drive

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Not enough cab room

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Great Little Truck! — Acceleration is just as you would expect from a little 4 Cylinder and so is the top speed. Build quality of the vehicle is definitely one of Fords strong points, but I will later do a front end swap over to the 1984 Ford Ranger look as well as an Interrior downgrade to the 1984 look, after all, older looks better!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian_1979 writes:
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5

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tough little truck

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volts, temp and oil pressure gauges don't work

Brian_1979
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Also Own An F-150 And A Car, I Have No Use For This Ranger But I Like It Too Much To Get Rid Of It. — 4 cylinder or automatic trans rangers suck, but not this 2.9L V6 5-speed manual. 2WD, standard cab. The little thing will pull anything I hook to it. Last year I drove it 525 mi to Nebraska, bought my friend's 3200 lb travel trailer and towed it 525 mi home with no problems other than wind/handling issues. Engine always starts immediately even when it's been sitting in the barn for 6 months. 100k miles, everything's still tight but it rides like a lumber wagon compared to my '88 F-150 and the rear end likes to skip to the right when I hit bumps.

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

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James writes:
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its a 4X4 so it goes almost anywhere

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none its a great truck to me

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Great — It runs great . not super fast but it goes. it does not handle wel l. brakes work like they should.extremly fun to drive does not cost much gret gas mileage body is a little beat up. no rattles or squeaks . so its great.

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

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Bill writes:
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3

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Very clean - useful for driving around town

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Not gonna be great on the freeway or long commutes

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Really Clean And Runs Great — Appearance is excellent, gets decent gas mileage, the brakes and tires and battery have been done recently - I replaced the windshield washer hoses under the hood. It does use some oil and I wouldn't take it on a long road trip - but it will serve well for around town and short hauls.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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wickedjstr writes:
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4

Pros

The four banger gets good mileage and the truck itself is in between the ages, meaning that it's not so old that parts are scarce and it's not so new that parts are spendy

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power, and finding modifications for the engine with out having to swap a v8

wickedjstr
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Wth — like it, it's good little truck that is easy to do a frame-off resto, if you wanted, it can also be easily converted to a flat bed, or lowered to a super stance, the conversion package to a V8 is out there and cheap compared to other small truck to big engine swaps.

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

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Robert writes:
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4

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Handles good, Brakes well, Inside great. Non expensive

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Needs paint, small

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Stick Ford — My truck has good gas mileage. It runs good. The performance is good for a truck. Brakes well. handles good even on gravel. It needs new shocks. The inside is great. Needs new paint. Not expensive to drive. Depending on what type of road I am driving on, it can be very fun to drive.

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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

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2009 Ford Ranger Reviews

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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

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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

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