1997 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1997 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 40 reviews

  • 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: 4.2 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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PROS
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"weak power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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Jose writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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Its practical, and fun!

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Gas mileage is pretty low

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Keeps On Truckin' — The Ranger accelerates pretty well; I mean i can beat most other light trucks off the Red light. It is also very well built, save for the occasional parts that need replacing. Unfortunately the Gas mileage is pretty low, but the Truck is both fun to drive and has an abundance of after market parts available. The 97 ranger looks good, but in my opinion the 98 look much better.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Benjamin writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Its a Ford

Cons

only a 4 celender

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All Around Good Truck — Relly good truck to own it out works any dodge or chevey any day I have had up to 3000 lbs in the bed of it and she drove like it was nothing. She has a lot of power for a 4 celender

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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Affordabilty

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it isn't a show car, but could be made into one

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Affordable Tough Truck — I have a 2.3 L and it is pretty slow. The thing is tough as a rock though. 20MPG :). I like working on it and can be cleaned up very nicely. Ride qualtiy is fine, it would be nicer if I got new shocks.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

Cons

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

Cons

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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Noah writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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4

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Air Conditioning, CD player, Can Haul stuff

Cons

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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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

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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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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

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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

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Peter writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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gets good gas milage very reliable

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its a 4 cylinder

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Reliable Ranger — Performance-Does that even exist? Build quality-good did put a timing belt in it, but at 220000 miles that's understandable. Appearance-rather bla but not ugly like the previous gen. Cost of ownership-low mileage is good for a pickup and other than the timing belt all i had to do was change the oil. Fun factor-uh when I do the engine swap it should be fun but the four cylinder isn't good for any thing other than gas mileage.

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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

Practical. By DugK

Acts and drives like a small truck. Doesn't pretend to be anything other than a truck. No mushy car like ride. Provides good utility. Daily driver. Road and cabin noise is louder than normal. Fr... Read More

Great Starter Truck. By Brockmontgomery

I like the small size and good fuel milage. it is easy to drive and handel, that is why is a great starter vehicle. Not enough room for many passergers. overall a good pick up truck for a young driver... Read More

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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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