2003 Ford Ranger User Reviews

2003 Ford Ranger Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 39 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"maintenance" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"space" 2 reviews

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Ben writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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4

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its a 5 speed

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nothing

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Whatever — well.. i like it cause it has 50k miles on it.. and its a stick.. but the only thing i dont like about it.. is its kinda like a bluish purple lol.. but it gets good gas milage and rides really smooth.. its not as good as my last one tho.. but we wont speak of that.. ever again..

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John_Q writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 4 Dr XLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Good fuel economy when towing. 4 wheel Drive is adequate for off-road conditions and 4 wheel low range suplies tremendous tourque for a midsized truck.  Relatively simple and inexpensive to maintain.  No major suprises or issues since I've owned new for 93,000 miles.

Cons

Included Running Boards rust too easily, fuel economy could be better, but seems competitive for the mid-sized 4x4 truck market.  Even with 4.10 ration limited-slip rear axle the rear tires are very easy to spin on wet pavement with All Terrain Tires, I've never tested this with standard radials which would likely perform better.  The clear coating on the aluminum wheels wears off or cracks making cleaning or repairing difficult or impossible for the average owner.  Rear Jump seats are useful only as a last resort.

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Best Mid-sized 4x4 Truck I've Owned, But Would Buy Full Size In The Future — I have been a very pleased owner of the XLT 4.0L V6 SuperCab 4x4 Ranger. I do not have experience with other versions of this truck which are many. I purchased the vehicle new from the dealer and have owned it for 93,000 miles, mostly garaged. I took the vehicle off road about one every 2 weeks, but did not heavily load it frequently. I purchased the Ford Workshop Manual to perform nearly all of the vehicle maintenance myself with decent mechanical tallent, but very little experience or any formal mechanical training. I performed nearly all the vehicle maintenance myself and ended up with very reasonable costs of ownership as a result. Parts are readily available for this vehicle both new and used. I previously owned a foriegn vehicle and never will again due to the difficulty and extra expense of obtaining service and parts. The vehicle did experience a leak between the transmission and the transfer case (4x4 drive) which I had repaired by the dealer at a cost for about 1300 dollars. One of the fron wheel bearings went bad at about 70,000 miles which I believe is consitent if not overdue for these vehicles. I replaced both front wheel bearings with Timken bearings and would recomend any owner due the same. Overall I would make the same purchase decision again to buy this vehicle over the competition that was made at the same time in the same price range.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Azeadra writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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it is dependable and handles great

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gas milage

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The Biggest Small Turck Ever — i love my truck! i have very few cars i would like to drive besides my truck but i will never give it up for any of them. i love the hieght that it is at and how it drives. it handles great on the road whether it is flat or not, obviously it doesn't drive like a sports car but it does have some power under that hood. i have had very few major problems with the mechanics mainly things that wear out normaly like shocks and bearings. maintenance has been normal nothing more than you would have with most cars, the gas milage is not that great but it is a truck so that is expected. i love driving my truck but i love the way that trucks and big vehicles drive, if you want speed this truck isn't for you.

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Samone writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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Least cost of ownership and reliability1

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None

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Amazingly Manufactured By Ford — It's a built Ford Tough Ranger and its unsurpassed fuel economy and reliability has been remarkable. It gets about 30 mpg highway and 25 city and has been a vehicle that has impressed me numerous times! Theres nothing that can beat the quality of a Ranger pickup!

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

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John writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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its a truck

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its a ford

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It Is Ok — Its orange, its a work truck,but it gets me down peanut street, ilike it and so would you. its got dents and scratches. its also got a tool box. it has tan interior, and a v6 engine. it has an automatic transmission.

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

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Mike writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 4 Dr XLT FX4 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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everything

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needs to be higher factory

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Mikes Ford Ranger — wishes it came with a v8... i mean wtf do u need a 5.0l in a ford explorer, why not the ranger! bastards. But all in all the best investment i have ever made... sexy, manly and a great truck.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aidan writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr Edge Standard Cab SB Review
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Manual, and the stock sounds system is very good.

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Only two door, and two seats :(

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Decent Truck. — Eh it's an okay car for the price. It cost me 7k and being a Ford I was hesitant because of maintenance problems associated with that dealer. But so far it's been a reliable truck and is fun to drive because of it's manual.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr Edge Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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more space, etc

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needs a window in the rear glass

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I Replaced My Truck!! — love this ranger. It has the space my old one didn't, plus it's a V6

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Evan writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XL Standard Cab LB Review
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4

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only has 45,000 miles

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Gas mileage could be better

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Worth Getting One — I got this truck in June of '10, so far it's been very handy and no problems yet. Only thing I wish it had cruise control, it's kind of a pain on long drives. Hope to have it for a long time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Robert writes:
2003 Ford Ranger 4 Dr XLT FX4 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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that its not a car its a truck

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nothing

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Good — it does the job,and fun to drive great on and off road the only problem is that its a pig from empty to full is 80 bucks and i only get around 300 k to a tank... but ither then that its a great truck and i injoy driving it...

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1983 Ford Ranger Reviews

Low Gas Mileage, But Hey, It's A Hotrod By munch

Good looks and awesome power. Would love a fancy radio but the cab doesn't allow much to be added in the way of amps and speakers. May upload a few pictures in the future because I may be selling it... Read More

Great Choice For Work Truck! By frankyb

The Ford Ranger is probably the best compact truck ever made. People generally get hundreds of thousands of miles out of them. I am no exception. My 1983 Ford Ranger 4x4 has turned over it's odometer ... Read More

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1984 Ford Ranger Reviews

Great 4x4 By lukasveit

i have been thru alot with my little ford ranger and it has came thru every time i have done road trips, off roading, camping, ect. and its a great little truck and starts every time cold start or not... Read More

Needs A Full Rebuild By Joseph

Weak 2.3L burns oil, gets about 10L for 100km, carburated, 4spd on the floor, body is in good shpae for an 84, frame has no rot, good for a project truck. Does good in the twisties for a truck. Part... Read More

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1985 Ford Ranger Reviews

1985 Ford Ranger By Daniel

love the truck .....its got all brand new parts new seeen snow its a good truck for raceing .....it handles good...brand new front end....its set up for raceing.....its awsome on gas.....yes the truck... Read More

1985 Ford Ranger By Ian

I bought this truck a year ago for $1300 dollars, and have invested about $1000 more into it with a new clutch, new brake master cylinder and new power brakes. She's held up real well, although I d... Read More

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1986 Ford Ranger Reviews

It's Been A Greet Get Around Car. By kenzhardy15

For how small and light the truck is I'm disappointed the gas mileage wasn't better. I do however love having complete visibility. As well as being able to park my truck just about anywhere because it... Read More

The Branger By Purpledragon

I love this truck, my dad built it himself and we always ride in it. When we go muddin we are always the ones to pull the other people out of the mud ;) There is no other truck like it. Read More

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1987 Ford Ranger Reviews

The Best Car/truck Ive Ever Owned By Kyle

even though it didnt have airbags and my seat was only half bolted in this truck saved my life in a 90+ MPH crash with a guardrail, i should be dead. this truck was like a child to me. i miss her soo... Read More

Country Boy College Kid Fun Ride By Allen

This is an amazing little truck with an awesome package. It is small, but still has 4WD and enough power to get into some trouble. Mnine has a 4" body lift and some decently bulky tires on it too. ... Read More

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