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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"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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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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1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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comfortable work truck

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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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1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab 4WD LB Review
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really quick and good braking

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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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1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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Good mileage, load capacity, comfortable on long trips-550 mi.

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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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1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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gets lots of looks

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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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1997 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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fast

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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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1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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Good mpg, good engine with good power

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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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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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1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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its got ok acceleration and overall top speed for a 4 cylinder truck thats 12 years old

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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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1997 Ford Ranger XL Extended Cab SB Review
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fun to drive

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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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2009 Ford Ranger Reviews

Great Compact Truck By Jddirtbiker

Power dome hood looks great in black. 4ad is easy to operate and works great. Good hauling capacity and a reliable truck. It's my 3rd and I had 210,000 miles on the last one and it still looked grea... Read More

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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

Awesome! By DucatiMarco

I love this truck - it drives great, and the Grabber Orange color makes it a head-turner. It is fun to drive, and does a good job at towing. The only down-side is I wish it had "real" rear seats, rath... Read More

Great Little Truck! By colin0008

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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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