1996 Ford Ranger User Reviews

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    Displaying 21 - 30 of 31 1996 Ford Ranger reviews.

    1996 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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    55

    Ranger Rules — i love my truck just wish it had a lot more power it only has a 4 cyl for now but soon a engine swap a new rear end and new wheels to go with the drop im adding.

    Pros: good handiling great gas mileage

    Cons: it lacks in the speed section  

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    35

    It's A Ford — All around nice truck for around town and light hauling

    Pros: Very nice air adjustable seats, good AC

    Cons: Bad in snow


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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab 4WD SB Review
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    Freeeeee — leaks antifreeze, shifts hard into 2nd,and starter sometimes needs to be jumped at the soleniod, but its 4wd and a tank in the snow, it was free and never left me stranded

    Pros: 4wd and a tank in the snow, it was free and never left me stranded

    Cons: leaks antifreeze, shifts hard into 2nd,and starter sometimes needs to be
    jumped at the soleniod,

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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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    This Truck Is Reliable... — My dad owns this truck which is about to roll over 200,000 miles!! It is very reliable and doesn't have any problems!!!!!

    Pros: Reliable!!!!!!!

    Cons: Meager power but a great gas sipper...

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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab 4WD SB Review
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    Nice Little Truck — It was very good to me. I liked the ride and performance. Did great offroad. For a small truck it was perfect. I really like its stock height, i didnt need to lift it to go offroad and it did suprisingly well.

    Pros: Ride height, interior, exterior, performance

    Cons: Small

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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab Stepside SB Review
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    Sweet — Truck is in good shape for being 12 years old. Can take some abuse. Interior is pretty moddern

    Pros: Its a truck

    Cons: none

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    1996 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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    So So — weak as hell 4 cylinder engine, overweight truck, unspectacular in every way

    Pros: pickup bed

    Cons: no power, lots of noises, ford unreliability, bad seat, bad electronics

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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    The Toughest Truck Ever Built — i've had my ranger for almost 6 years now and the damn thing has been great never missed a heartbeat or a shift. i've street race it, off roaded it (including jumping 10 foot in the air and covering it head to toe in the mud). this poor truck has been so good to me i have just repainted it. and the next oil change is due at 260,000. how many vehicles do you see with that many miles?

    Owner for 6 years, 0 months

    Miles Driven per Year:150

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    1996 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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    It Just Won't Die! — Not that I'm trying to kill my Ranger...mind you it gets a constant diet of Amoco/BP 93 and Valvoline synthetic every 10,000 miles [all of my cars do], but at the end of October 2007 the odometer clicked 250,000 miles. It has yet to have a catastrophic failure or leave me stranded. There are no rattles, no squeaks, there is no wind noise and very little road noise. It doesn't drip a drop of anything on the garage floor but it is losing some power steering fluid either while it's in motion or gremlins are siphoning it out when I'm not looking as the fluid is slowly disappearing somehow. Like all of my cars, I keep up on their maintenance. I fix things before they break - the usual stuff like belts, hoses, plugs, wires, tires, brakes, shocks, filters, clutch, a weak battery and the like. What blows me away is that after 250,000 trouble-free miles, it's still as silent as a church mouse and steps lively. It's not at all worn out or wheezy. In fact, it feels like the are about 230,000 LESS miles on it than are really there. Ford shares this vehicle with Mazda, who calls theirs the B-Series [B2400, B3000, B4000, etc, to indicate engine displacement in CCs]. I guess a lot of my ongoing success with this truck is due to the 4.0 liter V6 that's under hood, along with the heavy duty towing package that helps elsewhere on the vehicle and the fact that I only have used the aforementioned 93 octane gas and full synthetic oil. The engine never strains to propel the truck, and the strong 5-speed manual is perfectly geared. I live in south-central NC and with this truck I have towed a Jetta from PA to NC, another Jetta from OH to NC, and most recently a Volvo 740 Turbo from Atlanta to here. It has been a car hauler many other times, too. Never did the truck feel overwhelmed by any of that cargo. The engine is a true gem - silent, powerful, tons of torque. It's not shy about gasoline consumption when it's being used to haul a heavy load or if I'm just pretending it's an oddly-shaped Corvette for a few minutes. I initially got 19 highway mpg when I took delivery of it [2nd owner, got it in 1997], but once I switched it to the more-slippery synthetic oil at the first change interval, my hwy mpg shot up to 25 and has stayed there since. That's an 8, sometimes 9 mpg increase just from changing the type of oil. My other cars didn't enjoy that big of an increase when I made the change, usually about 2-5 mpg more, but anything is better than nothing. The interior is spartan but functional. Everything works and the plastic is of a high-enough grade that it doesn't look cheap. The AC is powerful and will freeze you out of the small interior in just a few seconds on even the hottest day. At 5' 11", I wish there was about 1 more rearward click of the seat for me to be truly comfortable, but I can drive it across many states and not feel fatigued. The brakes are incredible, and they stop the truck quickly whether its pulling another car behind it or if I'm the only ballast added to it. They seem to last a very long time, too. The clutch is also long-lived, at least where I'm originally from since the cars there [in the mountains of PA] routinely need a clutch about every 60,000 miles. Where I live now is much flatter and surely that factors in to the life of the going & stopping bits on a vehicle. This Ranger is on its 2nd clutch, and shows no signs of wear yet. The original clutch was replaced at about 125,000 miles. The only complaint I can find about this vehicle is with the small cab and seat, for my height. It's a near-perfect vehicle and I can't muster a complaint otherwise. I've never owned a more-reliable or long-lived vehicle than this one. And I've had a lot of vehicles.

    Owner for 10 years, 0 months

    Miles Driven per Year:22,000

    Pros: Reliability, handling, car-like ride, acceleration [with the 4.0 V6], quietness & civility, paint is still very glossy.

    Cons: Windshields crack very easily [too thin?], interior is a bit cramped for taller folks in the regular cab.

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    1996 Ford Ranger STX Extended Cab 4WD SB Review
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    45

    Over All It's A Truck What Can I Say — Ford has had three recalls on this truck which doesn't speak well for it. The engine has enough power for what I use it for however it should be noted that the truck is to light to tow anything. I might look into buying another one if Ford improves on the recall record.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: The trust has been virtually maintenance free other than the recalls and the check engine light that never goes off.

    Cons: The front auto locking hubs were the first thing to go.  The fog lights are unprotected and break from road pebbles to the point that I don't even bother with them anymore. The anti lock breaks prevent me from stopping quickly if I hit a bump(s) or rough terrain which I hate.

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    2011 Ford Ranger Reviews

    Overall Great Vehicle By zcar690

    I like the dependability of this vehicle. I purchased it because I had previously owned a 2001 Ford Ranger that lasted me 10 years 225,000 miles. The 4.0 V6 engine is very strong and the towing capaci... Read More

    2011 Ford Ranger Supercab Sport By Andrew

    One of the main reasons I need to get rid of it is the fact that it isnt a family vehicle and I really need more space for car seats. It does not have a bed liner. It accelerates very smoothly and has... Read More

    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

    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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