2008 Ford Ranger Overview


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4.35 stars

Based on 33 reviews

Best Quality For The Price! by Sebastien
 — If i keep in mind that other makers sell their pickups for 3000$ to 4000$ more, i have to admit that it's the best value on the market. I have the V6 4.0 L, and it never fails to deliver, even fully l... Read More
Very Good Truck With The Only Minus Being The Gas Mileage by Tom
 — I like the powerful V6 engine and quick acceleration and the ability to haul that I didn't have in the Mazda. My only complaint is that the gas mileage could be better but with a pickup truck with a 4... Read More
Great Little Truck! by Kristy
 — Great little truck! Good for bombin around town! Pretty good gas mileage. Slow acceleration- especially uphill, but its all good. Very cute truck- it's Grabber Orange- AWESOME color for a truck. Fun l... Read More

2008 Ford Ranger Overview

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2008 Ford Ranger

Ford's Ranger began as an attempt to make a compact pickup that could perform at close to the level of its F-Series trucks back in the mid-1970s. Of course, packing that kind of power into a small package presented a serious challenge, but Ford managed to create a capable little pickup truck. The first Ford Ranger came out in 1982 and has gone through four generations since. Not much changed for the Ranger in 2008, aside from a new bumper and more standard safety features. This compact truck is available in 22 trims with one of three available engines: a 2.3-liter, 143-hp inline four; a 3.0-liter, 148-hp V6; and a 4.0-liter, 207-hp V6. All three come with a standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission.

Across the Ranger's 22 trims, gas mileage averages out to around 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. Trims come with either two doors and room for three to five passengers or four doors with room for five. As with the 2008 Ford F-150, the Ranger doesn't offer much in the way of standard features, although you get access to more options in the higher-priced trims. Those who like to divide trims into broader groups can classify the 22 trims into four general levels (from least to most expensive): the XL, XLT, Sport, and FX4 Offroad. The Ranger comes in four-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations.

For 17 years, the Ranger has earned its place as America's best-selling compact pickup truck. With good pound-for-pound power packed into a compact package, the Ford Ranger provides an appealing choice for drivers looking for more muscle than they'd get from a mini-SUV. However, the Ranger did come out at the beginning of the Reagan administration, and critics feel it's getting "long in the tooth," primarily because of its somewhat rough ride and handling. At the end of the day, drivers won't settle for half a pickup. If the Ranger wants to survive, it will need to step outside the bounds of the constrictive "compact pickup" label and forge a new identity that appeals to contemporary drivers.


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Ford Ranger Questions


Why Vent Blows Hot On Cool Day?

2008 Ford ranger. Even on cool or cold day, the vent blows hot air. Also the A/ C lower setting blows hot air, but the max air a/c setting will blow cold air. Is there something I can repair easily my...

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David Anderson

08 Ford Ranger Won't Start . Won't Even Make Noise . Good Battery , New Sta...

08 Ranger 2.3 L won't start . Tapped solenoid and it started . Put new starter on and now nothing . Took starter back off an tested good . Battery is hot . Terminals clean , put on another ground stil...

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Joshua Sigmon

Truck Needs A Lite Gas Pump To Start When Cold. If I Just Turn The Key With...

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Momaamunson Answered About A Second Agoi Was Driving My 2008 Ford Ranger Do...

momaamunson answered about a second ago i was driving my 2008 ford ranger down the freeway, heard a clank and lost power. The truck kicks over but will not start. My oil is low but there is oil. Any ...

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Interior Lights In A 2008 Ranger Sport Won't Work When Headlites Are Turned...

interior lites won't work when headlites are turned on.

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