1996 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1996 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 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:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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gtimandan writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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5

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Reliability, handling, car-like ride, acceleration [with the 4.0 V6], quietness & civility, paint is still very glossy.

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Windshields crack very easily [too thin?], interior is a bit cramped for taller folks in the regular cab.

gtimandan
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It Just Won't Die! — Not that I'm trying to kill my Ranger...mind you it gets a constant diet of Amoco/BP 93 and Valvoline synthetic every 10,000 miles [all of my cars do], but at the end of October 2007 the odometer clicked 250,000 miles. It has yet to have a catastrophic failure or leave me stranded. There are no rattles, no squeaks, there is no wind noise and very little road noise. It doesn't drip a drop of anything on the garage floor but it is losing some power steering fluid either while it's in motion or gremlins are siphoning it out when I'm not looking as the fluid is slowly disappearing somehow. Like all of my cars, I keep up on their maintenance. I fix things before they break - the usual stuff like belts, hoses, plugs, wires, tires, brakes, shocks, filters, clutch, a weak battery and the like. What blows me away is that after 250,000 trouble-free miles, it's still as silent as a church mouse and steps lively. It's not at all worn out or wheezy. In fact, it feels like the are about 230,000 LESS miles on it than are really there. Ford shares this vehicle with Mazda, who calls theirs the B-Series [B2400, B3000, B4000, etc, to indicate engine displacement in CCs]. I guess a lot of my ongoing success with this truck is due to the 4.0 liter V6 that's under hood, along with the heavy duty towing package that helps elsewhere on the vehicle and the fact that I only have used the aforementioned 93 octane gas and full synthetic oil. The engine never strains to propel the truck, and the strong 5-speed manual is perfectly geared. I live in south-central NC and with this truck I have towed a Jetta from PA to NC, another Jetta from OH to NC, and most recently a Volvo 740 Turbo from Atlanta to here. It has been a car hauler many other times, too. Never did the truck feel overwhelmed by any of that cargo. The engine is a true gem - silent, powerful, tons of torque. It's not shy about gasoline consumption when it's being used to haul a heavy load or if I'm just pretending it's an oddly-shaped Corvette for a few minutes. I initially got 19 highway mpg when I took delivery of it [2nd owner, got it in 1997], but once I switched it to the more-slippery synthetic oil at the first change interval, my hwy mpg shot up to 25 and has stayed there since. That's an 8, sometimes 9 mpg increase just from changing the type of oil. My other cars didn't enjoy that big of an increase when I made the change, usually about 2-5 mpg more, but anything is better than nothing. The interior is spartan but functional. Everything works and the plastic is of a high-enough grade that it doesn't look cheap. The AC is powerful and will freeze you out of the small interior in just a few seconds on even the hottest day. At 5' 11", I wish there was about 1 more rearward click of the seat for me to be truly comfortable, but I can drive it across many states and not feel fatigued. The brakes are incredible, and they stop the truck quickly whether its pulling another car behind it or if I'm the only ballast added to it. They seem to last a very long time, too. The clutch is also long-lived, at least where I'm originally from since the cars there [in the mountains of PA] routinely need a clutch about every 60,000 miles. Where I live now is much flatter and surely that factors in to the life of the going & stopping bits on a vehicle. This Ranger is on its 2nd clutch, and shows no signs of wear yet. The original clutch was replaced at about 125,000 miles. The only complaint I can find about this vehicle is with the small cab and seat, for my height. It's a near-perfect vehicle and I can't muster a complaint otherwise. I've never owned a more-reliable or long-lived vehicle than this one. And I've had a lot of vehicles.

Owner for 10 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:22,000

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James writes:
1996 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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5

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good handiling great gas mileage

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it lacks in the speed section  

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Ranger Rules — i love my truck just wish it had a lot more power it only has a 4 cyl for now but soon a engine swap a new rear end and new wheels to go with the drop im adding.

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HOTCAKE2012 writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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With gas prices through the roof, I would be stupid not to own one of this very reliable and portable trucks.  It comes in real handy for the house.  No need for U-HAUL.

Cons

Truck seats only three people but it is alright because I use this for hauling stuff from HOME DEPOT & LOWE'S ONLY

HOTCAKE2012
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Simple, Portable And Easy To Maintain — A very very very economical truck but does everything an expensive F 150 will do. If you have a house you need one of these trucks for everyday hauling. It comes very handy if you want to help your neighbors or friends with hauling stuff.

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

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Cody writes:
1996 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside 4WD SB Review
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4

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Rear locking differential.

Cons

Automatic 4X4

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Fun To Drive! — The truck has a 3.0 liter V6 so it has pretty good acceleration the braking is good, but with bigger tires is kind of dangerous when raining. The truck is in great condition, ac works and has automatic 4x4. The interior has camo flooring, very nice. With the V6 it doesnt get the best gas mileage, but very fun to drive! Cant forget the rear locking differential for the best performance off road.

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

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Dan writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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5

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it is a little econo truck that can haul ass

Cons

rust

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They Are Good Little Trucks — the truck is a good economical vehicle. i can beat the piss out of er and still get 20 mpg. watch out for older rangers with the leaf spring mounting locations. they rot out and rot the frame near the gas tank so keep your truck clean y'all

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Luke writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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3

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Cheap and reliable

Cons

low performance and style

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Good For A High School Car — Its a quality vehicle, it hasn't needed much work done. Dependable, not exactly what I want to be driving. 4 cylinder engine makes for pretty poor performance. Good gas mileage, not much fun to drive, except in the snow, rear wheel drive and no weight in the back can be a good time

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
1996 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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5

Pros

Good on gas

Cons

Little Power

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Good — 4 cyl, so it wasn't a power house Built in Norfolk Virginia with good ole' American Steel Appearance not so good. Wrecked it 3 days after my 18th birthday, sold it to Brad Hempy haven't seen it since Cheap to drive 351 would make it fun to drive ;)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
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3

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Very nice air adjustable seats, good AC

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Bad in snow


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It's A Ford — All around nice truck for around town and light hauling

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Jeremy writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Good power and pretty comfortable.

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Fuel mileage isn't what I was expecting and back seats are horrid

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Pretty Good Vehicle — The acceleration in this is pretty good actually. One you hit over 3,000 rpms, it starts to pick up speed pretty quickly. It only cost me $4,000 with only 105,000 miles on it. It had a 20 gallon tank in it, and I'd say it would get you 300 or so miles. Not too bad for a little truck. The backseats are crap though. They are just the little fold out ones. I'm 6'1 and I couldnt fit in them (not that I was ever riding in the back). I kept it pretty clean with some Armor All products. Overall, a good, solid running truck. Wish I wouldnt have wrecked it though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sonofsammykins writes:
1996 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab LB Review
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Good solid 1/4 ton pickup. Does everything a typical pickup owner would need. it shows its size out in the country where everyone and their dogs have 2013 dodge duallies but She holds her own for everything I need getting done.

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big downside is the size of this truck both in and out. Small bed, wood pallets cant fit between the wheel wells and the cab is very short for all those tall folk(my knees are resting against the steering wheel).

sonofsammykins
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The Little Pickup That Could — Not for the lead footed driver, you'll be sorely disappointed in the lack of "get up and go" this truck has. BUT it is a solid reliable pickup for everyday use that's decent on gas. There are better engines out there but Ford managed to make a good engine with decent amounts of torque that doesn't stop you at every gas station. Overall a nice pickup that has served me well for over 10 yrs and I plan on having it for a few more.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

Practical. By DugK

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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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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

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