1997 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1997 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 41 reviews

  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dylan writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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it a ford

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its a 4 cylinder

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1997 Ford Ranger — i like that it is a ford. its a 4 cylinder.. with 8 spark plugs. they can look very good if you keep them looking nice and if you add aftermarket stuff to them. they are the most reliable truck ford makes.

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Justin writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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MPG needing to haul small items

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Power, get the 4.0L V6

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Id Buy Another One — Performance of this truck is acceptable. It has a 2.3L I4 and a 5 speed manual transmission. acceleration is a little lacking but brakes awesome and handles well for a pickup truck. build quality is amazing i have never had to do anything but change the oil and all 8 yeah 8 spark plugs. Appearance is great i love the way these trucks look. Gas mileage is awesome average 26 MPG

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joe writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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They always have alot of potential.

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None

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Great Truck For Anyone. — Performance - Strong acceleration, lots of torque. Braking isn't the best out there, stock that is. Handles like a sports car. Build Quality - Plenty of room in the engine bay for upgrades, no squeaks or rattles whatsoever. No major replacements besides a thermostat (not major). Appearance - Very easy to make these trucks look different and stand out, just takes some time. Cost of Ownership - Truck was 17,899 new. Maintenance isn't expensive unless your paying someone else to do it. 20-23 gas mileage. Fun Factor - Very smooth and powerful truck = fun

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

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Marc-Antoine writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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Look, Gaz Consomption

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Low power

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Ford Ranger 1997 — Good Truck, good on gaz, slow on performance, Fun in Manual transmision with a long speed shift stick, good on quality, need more stock equipement, need more place beind seat got good brakes, good handling for a pickup missing some confort XD

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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