1997 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1997 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 42 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: 4.1 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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Sean writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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4

Pros

Great gas milage

Cons

Weak acceleration

45

Good All Around Truck — Good all around truck, even though its a ford

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Adam writes:
1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab LB Review
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3

Pros

easily maintained, compact, handy to have

Cons

no power, small cab

45

Did The Job — never had a major problem

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

Pros

MPG needing to haul small items

Cons

Power, get the 4.0L V6

65

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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5

Pros

They always have alot of potential.

Cons

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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4

Pros

Look, Gaz Consomption

Cons

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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Dan writes:
1997 Ford Ranger STX Extended Cab 4WD SB Review
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5

Pros

Clean look and fun to drive

Cons

Rear abs unit failure and AUTOMATIC HUB FAILURE

355

Sweet Deal — I bought my truck for $400. i put about $1400 in the truck maintence wise. I love every minute of it. it shines like a dimond when shes clean. its a little slow on the get up and go, but i love to drive it with the locker in the rear and my 31x10.50s.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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

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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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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

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

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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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

very dependable,its my 3rd ranger.there tough,never had any issues with them,there great off roaders,they hauls very well for a small truck. hauls my 3 atv in my 7x14 trailer and packed for a fami... 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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