1998 Ford Ranger User Reviews

1998 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 44 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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" 18 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 18 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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Michael writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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4

Pros

Great interior room for one to two passengers.  Reliable, tough motor.  Fuel economy good.
200,000+ miles, only replaced steering stabilizer bushings, front right wheel bearings, cat.

Cons

Weak AC system:  '98 model "Blend door" sprocket made of plastic.  WILL BREAK, very expensive to fix.

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Good Truck For A Single Man — This truck lasted me through a marriage, three jobs, the birth of two kids, and college.... and is still going strong! The upgraded 2.5L engine a huge improvement over 2.3L in older models. Plenty of power in 2WD Rangers. Truck has great visibility during driving, and a comfortable ride. Currently, this truck is owned by my bro: who blew the engine up on a newer, "better" truck!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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It does anything

Cons

Nothing Great Truck

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Best Truck I Have Ever Owned — This is by far the best truck I have ever owned! 4cly 5spd, I used to take it off road and beat the crap out of it in college and high school. Brother hit some black ice and went head on into some K-rail on the freeway without his seat belt on and walked away (the truck still ran great). We had the frame straightened and replaced a fender, hood, grill, and bumper. Still drive the truck everyday and pull a 18ft car hauler and a utility trailer with it regularly. It is at about 280,000 miles and still running strong. Have had no mechanical problems with this truck!

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

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Gilbert writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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Quality, Value, Reliability

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Performance

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98 Ranger — For reliability it was great..Only replaced a clutch. Performance is not good but then again it is a 4cyl 5speed. The apperance was great when I got it not so much anymore. I love driving this truck and the gas mileage it gets is very good for a pickup. It has squeaks and rattles now but then again it has 160,000 miles on it. I have owned it since 70,000 and have had to replace just a clutch.

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David writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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Fits in any parking spot. No blind spots.

Cons

gas mileage

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Reliable And Low Cost Maintainance. — reliable transportation. Not a good work vehicle. Can't hide much in the cab. The 4 cylinder doesn't get the greatest gas mileage. Transmission doesn't shift smoothly. I've taken this vehicle, with high mileage, on a long road trip without a break-down. Would definitely buy another one!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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The Stereo

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the acceleration and speed limit

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Ol' Red — The braking very good, not many repairs motor wise gas mileage is fairly good since it's from 1998 and it's just a good truck to drive. The handling is good but don't go around a curb going 60 or nothing like that. the acceleration is not the greatest but hey it's only a 290.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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nice appearance and decent fuel economy

Cons

lack of power

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Ford Ranger Four Cylinder — This truck barely counts as a truck. It is slow with a four cylinder and rides way to low as a 2 wheel drive. However it does get decent gas mileage. it has held up pretty well considering its age and use. It is somewhat fun to drive

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Greg writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab Stepside 4WD SB Review
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Can't kill it.

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Slow as molasses.

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1998 Ford Ranger — The fury of the 1998 Ford 3.0L engine is not to be overestimated. At full throttle, it sounds as if you're going 100 m.p.h. - however that is far from the truth. On the plus side, I can't seem to kill it.

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Travis writes:
1998 Ford Ranger Splash Extended Cab Stepside 4WD SB Review
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Reliable and tough

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Fuel economy, appearance?

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Good Truck — I had this truck for almost 5 years, it really was a great car. I hauled lots of really heavy things in it and it never let me down. Fuel milage was ok around 17mpg. Overall a well built machine.

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Randall writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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Great gas mileage

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Not the truck that you can pull everything with

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1998 Ford Ranger — This truck might be small but it is able to do almost any thing that a normal sized truck can, without the worry of gas prices. Currently I can get 28 to 29 miles per gallon. The truck has a 5 speed manual transmission with a 2.5L 4 cylinder motor. Although the truck doesn't have a great towing capacity it has no problem pulling a boat or other small trailer. Overall i am very pleased with the purchase.

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Jeremiah writes:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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Fors Ranger::::::::: Buy One If U Need Space And Something To Get Around In — it takes turns really well, as well as high speeds but its gettup and go power is mediocre and its seating ability is 2 comfortably and 5 really crammed. i think its a great car for a beginer driver but if i had the money i wouldnt be driving it anymore

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2008 Ford Ranger Reviews

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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

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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

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