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1997 Ford Ranger

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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FORD RANGER : MY LIFE WITH A RANGER!

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Oct 9, 2000 - Updated Mar 26, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good price; nice features; decent gas mileage
Cons: Some recent mechanical issues
The Bottom Line: is that the 1997 Ford Ranger has provided a relatively dependable ride with occasional mechanical problems.

Purely Physical Originally I fell in love with the looks of the truck. The side steps, the sliding rear window, the emerald green paint job, the plush front seats, the little cupholders, and of course the awesome stereo system. ... read more

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Love my pickup

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Oct 6, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Looks, Accessories
Cons: Gas Mileage

I purchased a 1997 Ford Ranger new in 1977 and currently have 18,000 trouble free miles on it. It has a 4.5 litre engine and outside of not getting great gas mileage I can say nothing bad about it. Various people have said "great looking ... read more

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Little truck, Big value!

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Oct 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliable, maintainence free, gas sparing peppy engine
Cons: limited storage space behind seats, placement of outlet plugs over cup holders, location of ashtray if you are a smoker.

Hi again everyone and thank you for reading my opinion! I bought a Ford ranger XLT compact pickup in may of 1999. I am a big man. I wear a 54 in a jacket a 40 waist and a 3x shirt! Iwas a little concerned about the roominess I would be sacraficing buy ... read more

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I miss my truck!!!

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Sep 10, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Just about anything you can think of except...
Cons: It governed out at 95 mph

In 1998 I leased a brand new 1997 Ford Ranger XLT, and I loved it! This truck was great! It handled and cornered like you were driving a car, but the safety and reliability of a truck. I no longer had to worry about under body clearance. My truck ... read more

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Beware the Ranger Hubs!

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Apr 25, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Low price
Cons: Well known for 4x4 failure

We bought a 97 Ford Ranger Extended Cab 4x4 because of its low price. And granted, it's a smooth ride, an attractive vehicle and the engine has started even on the coldest of mornings. But... We live in the mountains and a four wheel drive ... read more

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Great Truck

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Mar 11, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good price, great to drive
Cons: Small and light

I recently bought my second Ranger and I love it. It feels great to drive. The steering is responsive, the brakes work flawlessly, and it is very reliable. On top of this, the truck gets good gas mileage, and has good power to boot. I owned my ... read more

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The little things are such a pain

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Feb 5, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: no major problems
Cons: poor wiring

1997 Ford Ranger Extended cab, I purchased new in 1997 and to date have had no major problems with it to date. (knock on wood) A 4 cyl.engine,stick shift air and not much else. In the past 3-years I have had new brakes, tires and no major ... read more

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Tall Guy, Little Truck: A Small Truck Buyer's Guide

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Feb 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Value Price, great looks, dependable, comfortable
Cons: None, just make sure you are buying the right options for your lifestyle

I'm 6'4" and own a '97 Ranger XL Regular cab pickup. I give the truck a rating of 5 stars because it is perfect for someone who wants what my particular truck has to offer. That being said I would buy a truck with different options/features and ... read more

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Totally Satisfied !

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Feb 2, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Pretty decent gas mileage,4.0 has plenty of power
Cons: Did not come with a bed liner, Newer King Cab models have the additional doors

I bought my King Cab, 4x4, XLT Ranger brand new in 97 and have 38,000 Flawless miles on it so far. The V6 4.0 has plenty of power for hauling yet handles like a car and the Four Wheel Drive Is easy to engage and disengage and is really a must in the ... read more

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1997 Ford Ranger

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Jan 31, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: great looking, fun, good gas mileage, comfortable
Cons: handles poorly on ice and snow, built for smaller people

I have owned my 1997 Ford Ranger for about 7 months now. While I didn't buy it new, it was in perfect condition, and had very low mileage. I bought the truck because I needed a vehicle that was versatile. I can haul just about anything a college ... read more

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I keep comin' back!!!!

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Jan 1, 2000 (Not Yet Rated)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great truck, great price, good service
Cons: Minor problems, usually fixed under warranty

I have to say that I am on my second Ranger and I really love them. They are a really good sized truck, for the money and I have had fairly good luck with them. I like knowing a vehicle so that I can work on it when I need to and the Ranger offers ... read more

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Comfortable, useful, affordable

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Dec 22, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: All around great truck.
Cons: Developed chasis-body elec. problems

I bought my ranger new after driving a few of the competing models. I now have 113,000 miles on it and on balance, I don't regret it. It is more comfortable on longer hauls than any of the others, especially for taller folk. It also has the most ... read more

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The 1997 ranger in review

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Dec 21, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: good gas mileage,dependable
Cons: could use more passengar space

I bought a new ford ranger standard cab, 2 1/2 years ago. I have taken a few long trips in this vehicle and have found for long trips it is a little uncomfortable. as far as dependability it has been a very dependable truck, I have not had any major ... read more

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Great little truck

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Dec 18, 1999 (Not Yet Rated)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: visibility, handling, mileage, comfort
Cons: Regular cab only holds 2 people

I have driven many vehicles over the years, and I must say the Ranger is my favorite. Overall visibility in high traffic areas is great. The ride is very comfortable, even over rural dirt roads with holes and dips in them. Handling of the ranger is ... read more

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Ford Tough

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Dec 17, 1999 (Not Yet Rated)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: style, power, price, durability, safety
Cons: a little small for big guys

Well I fell in love with my Ranger the day I first test drove it. I was surprised by how smooth it rode and how responsive the handling was. Of course once it was mine I had to test it out on the back roads and off-road. Then I knew I found the ... read more

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Four Wheeling Maui

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Dec 13, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Crawl gear, strong engine
Cons: Low front pumpkin

Told the dealer that I wanted a small six cylinder truck to go hunting and fishing off road, nothing fancy, just reliable and tough. The rain forests and secluded beaches of Maui are beautiful, if you can get there. My stock Ranger XLT, 4wd proved to be ... read more

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Chevy is Better

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Nov 1, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: good stereo, and alarm system
Cons: paint easily chipped, body very flimsy

I bought a 1997 Ford Ranger to make a 6,500 mile trip from Alaska to the East Coast. I had made the same trip two years before with an 1987 Chevy S10. I got much worse gas mileage on a the Ford, which was 10 years newer. Also, the Ford would not ... read more

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Epinions Express Reviews
Original owner going on 10 years!
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Mar 16, 2008 - Updated Apr 5, 2008 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Good Looking, decent gas mileage, reliable, good factory paint, better any day than a Chevy
Cons: Slow acceleration, Arm rest storage area prone to breaking off if not careful.
Love this truck. Currently only have 63K miles on it, and have loved it from day one. It is a little on the underpowered side, but I knew that going into the deal because I chose the 4 cylinder for gas mileage. With gas approaching $4 a gallon, I think ... read more
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Reliable Garbage!
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Aug 13, 2007 (Not Yet Rated)
Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 
Pros: Reliable, Gas Mileage is ok, even with 134k.
Cons: Lousy control, clutch went at 133k, replacement weaker!, Interior SMALL! Must be 5' nothing!
Cheap buy! $260 Bucks came with after market stereo system! I hate this Truck! Gets me A2B. Only 4 cyl. no pep! ... read more
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Not bad.
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Jul 5, 2006 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Reliability, features, ride, brakes, driving position
Cons: Transmission response, handling, body lean, gas mileage, seat comfort
I hate driving trucks. I hate the way they handle, I hate the gas mileage, I hate how high they ride, I hate how small the cabs are, and I really hate the fact that I have to keep bricks in the bed to make sure that the rear wheels have any traction. ... read more
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