1997 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1997 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"weak power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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Jonathan writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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decent gasmilage, truck, gets me places

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4 cyclinder, tonnea cover, glass pack makes it sound like a pissed off bumble bee

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Daily Driver — no power, even with lead foot still gets 20 mpg, one day could have a 7.3 power stroke and a full banks system, lowered and dauly, possibly have 2 rear dualy axles

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Mitchell writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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nothing

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everything

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Your Last Resort Of Transportation — Its too old! and after i put the lowering kit on it it kinda creeks like an old man. other than that ive never had any problems with my truck. also it is a stick with 160, 000 on the original clutch it sucks

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

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FordGuy1972 writes:
1997 Ford Ranger Review
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5

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Exactly the Ranger I wanted. Great fuel economy. Fantastic reliability.

Cons

Absolutely no options.................... or power!

FordGuy1972
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Bare Bones Every Day Driver. — I purchased this Ford Ranger specifically for good fuel economy, reliability and I always need a truck. It's a four cylinder, five-speed stick, no frills commuter/hauler. It replaced my 1988 Ford Ranger that I purchased new and drove for 25 years! No power options at all (inc. steering), no A/C, wind-up windows, rubber mats with a simple vinyl bench seat. My 1988 Ranger was the most reliable, low-maintenance vehicle I've ever owned which failed me just once in 25 years(starter). The '88 was just about identical to the '97 in that ist also had zero options and had the same drive train. I look forward to driving and working this Ranger for many years to come.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mayantimetraveler writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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3

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small, convenient, truck bed

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Tranny problems, OBD Codes, space in the back-seat, gas

mayantimetraveler
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Small — It's very slow in comparison to a chevy Silverado and uses up the same amount of gas, it has a low profile so it's convenient to work with loading and unloading and not having to reach up with all of my tools.

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

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Alan writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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Most reliable machine ever built

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leg room

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Best Little Truck Ever Built, Payload, Towing, Sporty Feeling And Fuel Efficient At Around 25mpg — I bought this truck new, has nearly 300,000 miles now. Been a great truck. I beat it to death and it begs for more. May not be the fastest but it is fun to drive and always gets the job done. Love the body style or I never would have boguht it. Braking is greatly improved with the explorer axle I put in it. Interior could use a little more leg room

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside 4WD SB Review
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Can carry tons of stuff for you, drives well

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Gas

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Great Car Thats Fun To Have! — This is a great car. Bought it from a friend and love it! Havn't had any problems with it in 8 months yet. It drives really well and gets me everywhere I need it to. It's a simple basic car but can't go wrong with it. It's a ton of fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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daddieslittlegirl1971 writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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3

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300 miles to a tank of gas!!

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has a few bad spots on passenger side,cracked windsheild

daddieslittlegirl1971
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Affordable Good Transportation — love my truck no problems with driving it,it still looks good,handles great,its a cheap,dependable truck,I would drive this to Florida and back with no doubts or fears of breaking down that's how good this truck is,I have drove it for 1yr and 7months and all I have done is changed oil filter and sparkplugs and air filter!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Noah writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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Air Conditioning, CD player, Can Haul stuff

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4-cylinder, standard cab (no room for sound system)

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It Was Free And It Runs Alright. — Alright on gas but it doesnt have as much pow4er as i would like it to. I also wished it had more cabin space.

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Richard writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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ITS MINE!

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ITS SLOW!

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My Truck — i love my truck. i have enough room for what i realy need the bed for and is nice on gas. overall its a great vehicle as long as you dont need anything full size. i have over two hundred and twenty thousand miles on it and still have not changed my timming belt... lol

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John writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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Great on gas; very customizable

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4-cyl

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Great Compromise Between Truck And Fuel Efficency — I like the fact that i can have a truck and still get better gas mileage than many of the other cars in the parking lot. This car only has the 2.3l in it so it doesn't have alot of power, but it does get decent gas mileage 24city/28highway. The thing I like the most has to be the Manual 5-speed. It gives you full control over the available power and doesn't take any power away like the automatic would. I also like being able to customize the truck to be mine. Color/body really sticks out and recieve complements daily on how good the truck looks with the mods. Mods are more classy and not overdone, just to add a subtle custom look but keep it looking like it came like that

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1986 Ford Ranger Reviews

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