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" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"weak power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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Displaying 21 - 30 of 40 1997 Ford Ranger reviews.

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

Pros

gas economy

Cons

v6 engine to small 30

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It Is Great On Gas — its a v6 and needs to be a v8 then it would have the power to get up the road. it runs fine and hauls what i need to haul. great on gas that would be the reason i bought the truck.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tonyo writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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4

Pros

economical

Cons

comfort and acceleration

Tonyo
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Great Little Truck For The Average Homeowner. — Not the best acceleration for a v-6. Very useful for someone who needs a pick-up. Just wish that they thought more into the comfort factor. Great little truck for a do it yourself home owner. Nice little truck for a fair price.

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

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Kelly writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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3

Pros

comfortable work truck

Cons

misfire, EVAP control, hard maintenance

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Uhhh... — My truck is very comfortable and is great for what I do, however it has quite a few problem that include a pretty bad misfire, you have to wind it up a lot in order to shift smoothly, the gas mileage is terrible, there is an EVAP problem somewhere other than the gas cap, and I can't find the ignition module.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab 4WD LB Review
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5

Pros

really quick and good braking

Cons

door ajar light stays on

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Really Nice Truck — it's cool. for a truck it has really good pickup and i can lay rubber half way down the block. it's a blast to drive and totally owns in the winter and the snow. overall it's a quality vehicle. it's build quality is nice . no crappy plastic japanese parts. the gas mileage is great for a truck and there's never any serious maintenance on it.

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Chauncey6 writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

Good mileage, load capacity, comfortable on long trips-550 mi.

Cons

Standard cab, short bed

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Over All Good Shape, No Mechanical Problems — Ability for decent load and 22+ mileage 2.3 with a 5 speed and low restriction intake and a Cherry Bomb muffler.Would have liked to have gotten a xcab but this came along at a below book price. I still like it more than dislike anything else about it. Have owned it for 2 years now and put less than $200.00 inti it mostly front end parts where previous owner had a stopping problem and a idler pulley for serpentine belt. No other problems than that!

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Jason writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

gets lots of looks

Cons

gotta becareful for them potholes with the 20s!!!

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Slammin Ford Ranger — my truck rocks it looks good and works good the rims are amazling an make the truck a real eye catcher along with the paint and it has a great sounds streoe system and is never dirty and alsways clean!

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Josh writes:
1997 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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5

Pros

fast

Cons

really bumpy like a bronco

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Sexy — i love it its awesome on gas and its a nice lookin trunk pretty quick great handling put a porformance muffler in it and a cold in take that make it go faster by a lot so it made it way more fun to drive

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Francis writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5

Pros

Good mpg, good engine with good power

Cons

2wd, some scratches and 2 small dents

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Ranger — i love it do death even though it is 2wd, but it was all i could get. i love the gas milage it gets for me. it has the 4.0 liter V-6 and it gets about 20 miles to the gallon just driving around town and such. Love it!!

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Dustin writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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4

Pros

its got ok acceleration and overall top speed for a 4 cylinder truck thats 12 years old

Cons

its a 4 cylinder

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Old Reliable — i dont like the huge dint in the finder or the fact that its its a 4 cylinder but i do like the fact that for a truck and one with a small engine that it can scoot and will get up to a top speed of 115 which is more than enough for the size of the engine and the amount of miles on it

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Robert writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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fun to drive

Cons

body damage

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Ranger — I love to drive it, the only thing that i do not like is th fact that i bought it after it was rolled over, so it had some body damage. It has really good pick up for a 6 cylinder. And the 5 speed transmission is a plus. The motor is really solid, it has over 200k on it and it is still going strong. The gas mileage is not to great but, it being fun to drive makes up for it.

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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

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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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