New Ford Ranger Ratings
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2004 Ford Ranger - XLT FX4/Off-Road (494A) 4x4 4dr Super Cab Stylesid
Cons: Everything else
Advice: Go with an import, domestic manufacturers do not care about the customer.The vehicle has never left me stranded and that's about it. The drivline rumbles, the heater stinks everytime it's turned on, the passenger door opens on its own-yes, it opens on its own, there is a clunk in the drivers door next to my ear, the drivers seat has a loud clunk on cold days. Those are the most prevalent problems but not all, be very careful when you buy one of these. Ford has become very complacent and although very politically correct, they cannot verify the problems so they do not exist. The last time it was in the shop, the test drive was for 4 miles and the A/C was blasting and the radio was on when I got my vehicle back, and this will verify the problems how?
2005 Ford Ranger - XLT (867A) 4x2 Regular Cab Styleside Short Box
Pros: Gas mileage--29 mpg from the first tank!
Cons: Interior fabric is coarse and soils easily
Advice: Look for sale prices and value packaging.The 2.3L is very refined (probably Mazda's contribution) and provides good power with the 5-speed manual. Handling and ride are good for a small truck. It easily crusies at 75 MPH and road/wind noise are effectively dampened. The new hood design looks sharp and is better built (heavier) than pre-2004 models. Good American built iron--nice job Ford!
2004 Ford Ranger - Edge Standard (475A) 4x4 4dr Super Cab Styleside
Pros: Shift on the fly 4 wheel drive
Cons: Can't think of anything I don't like
Advice: try it you'll like itI have owned my Ford Ranger for about three mths now and I like everything about it. The handling is surpurb. I have had almost everyone of my co workers coming up to me and telling me what a nice looking truck I have. Some have even gone and purchased one for themselves. It is absolutley everything I wanted in a truck.
2005 Ford Ranger - XLT (867A) 4x4 2dr Super Cab Styleside
Pros: Easy to use shift on the fly switch.
Cons: Didn't find anything so far.
Advice: Shop hard,question everything, take notes, take time away (Lunch etc.) before your decision.Very uncomplicated dash and cab,yet sporty. Rides very smooth for a 4+4. V6 is powerful but not overwhelming. Fun truck to drive.!
2002 Ford Ranger - Edge Standard (375A) 4x4 4dr Super Cab Styleside
Pros: Surprisingly quick
Cons: Rev limited to 90 MPH
Advice: A good deal but watch for abuseThis truck is solid, comfortable and quick. The ride is a little rough but the seats hold you in. The 4.0L V-6 winds fast and the automatic transmission is geared to keep the engine revved up through the gears. This has been a good deal for me, bought used.
2004 Ford Ranger - XL (416A) 4x2 Regular Cab Styleside Long Box
Pros: Gas Mileage (almost 30 MPG) and looks
Cons: I wished I had bought a super cab but didn't want to spend the extra money for a go to work truck
Advice: Drive it, you'll love it but make sure there is enough room in the cab for youI bought my 2004 Ranger XL to tow behind my motorhome. I drove a few other small trucks (Colorado and Toyota) and found the Ranger to be the best buy. Before you compare this truck and be so bruital twoards it rember, it is by far less expensive than others in the same size. The 4 cylinder performs well and gets great gas mileage. I wanted the 6 cylinder but prefered the better mileage of the 4 cylinder which seems to have plenty of power. The standard cab is barely ok for me (6 foot tall) and so much better than some of the others. Overall I feel the truck is built well and it is the best selling small truck for something like 20 years. I had a 2000 Chev S-10 and this truck has far better performance than the Chev 4 cylinder...I feel it is the best truck for the money and I did look at a lot of them... thanks so much :)
2004 Ford Ranger - XLT Standard (493A) 4x4 4dr Super Cab Styleside
Pros: Great power and take off from a standing start
Cons: Ford has eliminated the full gauge package and took off the Oil and battery gauges so now all there is the Tack Fuel Temp and Speedometer
Advice: Try the other first and save the Ranger for lastI have yet to buy the 2004 but I have a 2002 Ranger XLT Super Cab 4 door with the 4.0 and I feel that Ford has a superior product compared to Nissan and Toyota. Test drive the rest and then test drive the best small Pick Up on the market. After 60K miles it still runs like the day it was taken off the lot. Don't be fooled by the look alikes and can never be's. The Drop sown says they do not have the Ranger Super Cab for 2002. Trust me I own one and if I ever trade it in for another small truck it will be another Ranger The year and make/model combination entered for a vehicle (2002 Ford Ranger Super Cab) own was not found in our database