are the rangers a good truck


Asked by Oct 27, 2009 at 12:57 AM about the 1996 Ford Ranger

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

i have a chance to buy a 1996 ford ranger 4cyl 5spd for 200 bucks sould i do it

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well it all depends on how the previous owner took care of it. the price is right, there's no doubt, but just make sure he took care of his truck before you buy because with parts that old, something could go worng very easily if it wasnt maintained


Depends on what you want the truck for. If you want to do serious hauling, I'd say no, because a 4 cylinder won't give you the power and trying to drive a weak stickshift with a heavy load is very challenging. However, if you're looking for a small truck to say on gas $ and haul occasional items when needed, I'd say it's a great deal. Make sure you test drive the truck first though and try to "feel" for any problems it may have.

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he took very good care for it just been sitting for about 1 year in his shop


oh no i'm not gonna use it to haul anything but maybe a quad ever once in while mostly to get back and forth form work


hey yea rangers are good trucks, had a 99 4cyl 5 speed, it had 236000 miles on it and never had issues with it until the day i crashed it...

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The Ford Ranger is one of the best and most reliable small trucks on the market, i have own one since they came out in 1983 and have two of them now. If you are interest in purchasing one, and would like a 1999. YOu can E-mail me at and I will make you a great deal.

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96,how many miles over 100,000-$200.00 for it sitting for a year,pass on it,you will be buying his problems.from 88 to 97 were the worst years for the rangers.


The '95 and '96 are the most reliable Rangers, including the newest models. Check it over for obvious problems, otherwise go for it!


Correction - '88 to '94 were the second-to-worst years, with '97 to '01 taking the cake.


Old thread, but I'd like to point out that the '97 Ranger I bought in 1999 (used with12k miles) is still going strong in 2014. The only problems I've had were the timing belt going out at 180k miles (I should have changed it years earlier), a water thermostat, a leaking radiator once, and a slave cylinder (which is inside of the transmission bell housing). KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS TRUCK IS 17 YEARS OLD AND HAS 229,000 MILES ON IT. It has only left me stranded with the leaking radiator (that was almost 10 years ago) and the timing belt a year and a half ago. (Again, I should have addressed the belt's replacement years ago. Thankfully the Ranger's 2.3L is a non-interference engine.) I am almost 40 years old and my '97 Ranger is easily the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. There isn't even a close second.

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Today is July 26, 2014. My 1996 Ford Ranger 3.0 litre V-6 has hit the 500,000 miles on the odometer. It is a daily driver both summer and harsh winters! I still have the original muffler and pipes on the vehicle. My drum brakes were replaced at 400,000 miles. The air conditioner and tape player still works. The only problem is the rear fenders due to rust!! I LOVE MY TRUCK...


I think they're a real work of art. It really takes a special eye to see the beauty of the ranger species.


All you have to lose is $200. If it runs then how can you go wrong?


i have an 1983 ford ranger deisel its been sitting 15 years no last winter it got really bad and no vehical would start so i decided id give the ranger a try put a bettery in it and it started without an problom after sitten 15 year straight and drove it threwout the winter still runs that was in 2015 if thats not reliable i dont know what is

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my ranger only has 42545 origional miles on its spadomiter and the ranger was made in 1983 and it gets 35 to 42 miles to the gallon with its 4 speed manual and 2.2l 4 cylender deisel engine these deisel rangers are rare now but it is the most relyable truck ive ever had

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