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1983 Ford RangerReview
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Low Gas Mileage, But Hey, It's A Hotrod — 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.

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

Pros: Sounds and runs great

Cons: Too noisy for a radio

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1983 Ford RangerReview

Great Choice For Work Truck! —

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 4 times. Part of the reason for it's longevity is that the engines seem to be a lower compression. With proper care (oil changes etc) it can run and run. The Toyota's engines are also excellent but run at a higher compression. Generally the Toyota will be pretty used up if it can get to 275k miles. The Ranger can keep going past that though! The body steel is thicker and stronger on the Ranger as well. The Toyota may achieve better gas mileage. The overall cost to operate is lower on the Ranger. One danger spot on the first generation Rangers is the radiator. Toss the stock and replace it with a beefier unit. If you have a automatic tranny, install a large transmission cooler. The stock rear for Rangers 1983-1990 was the Ford 7.7". It is ok but if you plan on hauling heavy loads or doing any notable off roading, upgrade to the tough as nails Ford 8.8. Grab one off an Explorer for disk brakes! The stock front end of the Ranger 4x4 on the early years is the Dana 28. Upgrade that with the Dana 35 and you will be cooking with gas!! I was planning on replacing my Ranger a long time ago because it is in primer and has dents and whatnot. The truck just won't die though and I have no practical reason to replace the little rig.

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

Pros: Tough, Nimble, Reliable, Easy to park,

Cons: Not the greatest gas mileage

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1983 Ford RangerReview

My First Baby — I miss my baby! This was my first car. Sadly I had to sell this truck after 14 years of ownership. Lots of hard work was put into the paint and body work, as well as many modifications to the 4 banger engine. This thing hauled butt for a four banger! Will miss this truck :(

Pros: Provided 14 years of great memories

Cons: That I no longer own it

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1983 Ford RangerReview

Tank. Takes A Beating Like One And Keeps Rollin. — Good mileage, good for jumping. Built Ford Tough. Well, at least back when this puppy was in it's prime.

Pros: Strong, good mileage

Cons: Old, 2WD

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1983 Ford Ranger Review
This truck is good for the family and its really good for gas.
vs1979 Ford F-250
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2010 Ford Ranger Reviews

Practical. By DugK

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Great Starter Truck. By Brockmontgomery

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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

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

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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