1997 Ford Ranger User Reviews

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    1997 Ford Ranger Review
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    Bare Bones Every Day Driver. — I purchased this Ford Ranger specifically for good fuel economy, reliability and I always need a truck. It's a four cylinder, five-speed stick, no frills commuter/hauler. It replaced my 1988 Ford Ranger that I purchased new and drove for 25 years! No power options at all (inc. steering), no A/C, wind-up windows, rubber mats with a simple vinyl bench seat. My 1988 Ranger was the most reliable, low-maintenance vehicle I've ever owned which failed me just once in 25 years(starter). The '88 was just about identical to the '97 in that ist also had zero options and had the same drive train. I look forward to driving and working this Ranger for many years to come.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Exactly the Ranger I wanted. Great fuel economy. Fantastic reliability.

    Cons: Absolutely no options.................... or power!

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    1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    Small — It's very slow in comparison to a chevy Silverado and uses up the same amount of gas, it has a low profile so it's convenient to work with loading and unloading and not having to reach up with all of my tools.

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

    Pros: small, convenient, truck bed

    Cons: Tranny problems, OBD Codes, space in the back-seat, gas

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    1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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    Affordable Good Transportation — love my truck no problems with driving it,it still looks good,handles great,its a cheap,dependable truck,I would drive this to Florida and back with no doubts or fears of breaking down that's how good this truck is,I have drove it for 1yr and 7months and all I have done is changed oil filter and sparkplugs and air filter!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: 300 miles to a tank of gas!!

    Cons: has a few bad spots on passenger side,cracked windsheild

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    1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside 4WD SB Review
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    Great Car Thats Fun To Have! — This is a great car. Bought it from a friend and love it! Havn't had any problems with it in 8 months yet. It drives really well and gets me everywhere I need it to. It's a simple basic car but can't go wrong with it. It's a ton of fun to drive

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Can carry tons of stuff for you, drives well

    Cons: Gas

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    1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab SB Review
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    Best Little Truck Ever Built, Payload, Towing, Sporty Feeling And Fuel Efficient At Around 25mpg — I bought this truck new, has nearly 300,000 miles now. Been a great truck. I beat it to death and it begs for more. May not be the fastest but it is fun to drive and always gets the job done. Love the body style or I never would have boguht it. Braking is greatly improved with the explorer axle I put in it. Interior could use a little more leg room

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Most reliable machine ever built

    Cons: leg room

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    1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab SB Review
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    Reliable Ranger — Performance-Does that even exist? Build quality-good did put a timing belt in it, but at 220000 miles that's understandable. Appearance-rather bla but not ugly like the previous gen. Cost of ownership-low mileage is good for a pickup and other than the timing belt all i had to do was change the oil. Fun factor-uh when I do the engine swap it should be fun but the four cylinder isn't good for any thing other than gas mileage.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: gets good gas milage very reliable

    Cons: its a 4 cylinder

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    1997 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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    1997 Ford Ranger — i like that it is a ford. its a 4 cylinder.. with 8 spark plugs. they can look very good if you keep them looking nice and if you add aftermarket stuff to them. they are the most reliable truck ford makes.

    Pros: it a ford

    Cons: its a 4 cylinder

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    Id Buy Another One — Performance of this truck is acceptable. It has a 2.3L I4 and a 5 speed manual transmission. acceleration is a little lacking but brakes awesome and handles well for a pickup truck. build quality is amazing i have never had to do anything but change the oil and all 8 yeah 8 spark plugs. Appearance is great i love the way these trucks look. Gas mileage is awesome average 26 MPG

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: MPG needing to haul small items

    Cons: Power, get the 4.0L V6

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    1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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    Great Truck For Anyone. — Performance - Strong acceleration, lots of torque. Braking isn't the best out there, stock that is. Handles like a sports car. Build Quality - Plenty of room in the engine bay for upgrades, no squeaks or rattles whatsoever. No major replacements besides a thermostat (not major). Appearance - Very easy to make these trucks look different and stand out, just takes some time. Cost of Ownership - Truck was 17,899 new. Maintenance isn't expensive unless your paying someone else to do it. 20-23 gas mileage. Fun Factor - Very smooth and powerful truck = fun

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

    Pros: They always have alot of potential.

    Cons: None

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    1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab Stepside SB Review
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    Ford Ranger 1997 — Good Truck, good on gaz, slow on performance, Fun in Manual transmision with a long speed shift stick, good on quality, need more stock equipement, need more place beind seat got good brakes, good handling for a pickup missing some confort XD

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Look, Gaz Consomption

    Cons: Low power

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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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