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Ford Ranger Prices Paid and Buying Experiences



  • Just took delivery of factory order for new '06 XLT reg cab longbed 2wd 2.4L manual transmission with bedliner, payload package, privacy glass, power equipment group, tilt/leather-wrapped steering w cruise, and MP3 cassette. Price after $2000 rebate before TTL was $15,902 (~$200 over invoice).
  • I just bought the 4-door 06 Ranger XLT with auto trans, a/c, bed extender. Can't say I'd consider it a four door....Thought I got a good price: 20,700 (less another $3k for my tradein). Recommend my experience at Northport Ford.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    I have to agree I just traded in my 99 ranger XLT 4X4 with 94,000 miles on it, The egr valve went bad and the check engine light was on all the time. Also the tranny was just about ready to fall out. The final problem with them is that the electrical system has some problems, just little stuff though, dome light ect. But if you need a good cheaper truck it's not bad just know that the transmission might not make it past 100 to 120,000.
  • stubertstubert Posts: 3
    The dome light issue bugged me for years, until I figured out it was a $10 door ajar switch. The other sensors are pretty easy to fix too. I've got 140k on my 97, paid $13,000 in '98 w/ 13k on it. Looking to upgrade now before it starts going downhill, but it really seems like it could go for years. Looking seriously at a Frontier.

    '97 supercab, 4L v6, 5 speed
  • smschradersmschrader Posts: 1
    I just bought a new 06 Ranger XLT (Manual, 4 cyl., shortbed, reg. cab, Red Fire) with air conditioning and bedliner (only extras). Paid 12,660 + 97.50 at Sunset Ford in St. Louis, MO. MSRP was 16,785 before rebates (3,000) and bedliner (275 on website). I probably could have got a few hundred lower cause another dealer (Dave Sinclair) was pretty anxious to sell me a truck, but I really liked the red fire color. It seems your in the ballpark if you get ~1,500 off which may be higher with more loaded trucks. The XLT trim is much nicer than the XL for highway noise.
  • landdriverlanddriver Posts: 607
    Recent article from

    2007 Ranger Already Rolling

    Says 2007 Rangers just started rolling off the St. Paul assembly line, several months earlier than normal. Ford says not to read anything into it. Speculation is it's just for logistical reasons.

    Pricing for the '07 Ranger (as well as '07 Explorer Sport Trac, Focus and Freestar) is already available on

    May be seeing '07s on dealer lots early this year. Now is the time to take advantage of those '06 rebates!
  • I Just bought a 2006 Ford Ranger Sport from Courtesy Ford in Poulsbo, WA. I actually bought this through the Interent from the Fleet Sales Manager. I was a little reluctant to have him search for the Ranger that I built on the Ford Website. But everything went like clockwork. I liked the Ranger and all the afterwork was done in a timely matter. I really feel like I got a great deal..

    MSRP $21,955.00
    Less Fleet Discount $ 929.40
    Sub Total $21,025.60
    Less Web Site Coupon Discount $ 500.00
    Sub Total $20,525.60
    Less Factory Rebate $ 3,000.00
    Fleet and Internet Price $17,525.60 Plus Tax and License

    The Accessories we will be installing and subletting are as follows;
    Leather Seating, Front and Rear
    LineX Spray in Bedliner
    Trailer Hitch
    Vent Shades
    Total Price for all accessories installed $2,081.00 Plus Tax

    Fleet and Internet Price including accessories $19,606.60 Plus Tax and License
  • booger2booger2 Posts: 1
    Bought a 2003 ranger from Wray Mazda Columbia SC last summer. The sticker price was $19,000. I traded in a 1994 ranger regular cab 5 speed 2.3L 4 cylinder with 130,000+ miles for $3,000. The manager must have been on crack. Then after talking for maybe 15 minutes the price came down from 16,000 to $12,000. This truck was like new with only 25,000 highway miles on it. Even though I was looking for a 4 wheel drive F-150 I could not pass up this deal.

    Sticker $19,000
    Trade in $3,000
    Final price $12,000 plus tax
  • scott1836scott1836 Posts: 1
    I need some help. Today I changed brakes on a 98 ford ranger and after I was finished the abs light and brake warning lights came on. How do I make them go off? The truck drives fine and the brakes work fine but I need to turn the lights off. Can anyone help?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 72,876
    Hi Scott..

    This is a pricing discussion.. Try re-posting your question here: Ford Ranger: Problems & Solutions

    ...and you will be much more likely to get a response..

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  • yetti8yetti8 Posts: 7
    i am thinking on buying a 97 ford ranger with 240,000 miles is it a smart thing?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Oh, just about as smart as posting this exact same question in 5 different areas. One of them even twice.
  • yetti8yetti8 Posts: 7
    so its not a good idea? the truck has new tires, new brakes, and a new clutch.
  • Here's my two cents, that I posted on another Ranger discussion regarding this question.

    There are a million variables associated with making a used car purchase decision. You've given two-age and mileage.

    To offer a more informed opinion, knowing such things as price, maintenence/maintenence records, type of driving done by the owner, was it a northern or Arizona car, 4 cylinder vs. 6, etc. would help. For instance, given the mileage and age alone without knowing anything else, I would say not to buy it. However, if the truck was driven primarily cross country through the southwest, meticulously maintained, and going for $500, I might still question it because of the low price makes it look like the owner is trying to get rid of it fast.

    Thus, not only do you have to consider many variables, but also how much weight to give each variable-high mileage might not necessarily be bad versus a truck with 30k miles that was driven only in stop and go traffic and only for 5 miles at a time even though both trucks are the same age.
  • Hey Rangerman how much did it cost for a new tranny? I have the exact same truck
    but with 170k miles. My 99 ranger was actually a really good truck my dad bought
    it new and handed it down to me the same clutch and same tranny lasted 170k
    miles. However now either my clutch or tranny has blown and its being looked at.
    I want to get all the price checks i can on a new tranny for a 99 for ranger so
    i dont get ripped off.
  • hey haha i actually dont have the ranger anymore but anyhoo i paid about 1400 at a place called AAMCO, which is a rip off for any manual tranny, so I think anything over a grand is a rip. there is a place here in CA where i live called American Gear, which i now know of, that would have done the entire thing for about 800, including labor. Hope this helps!
  • Hello im looking at a ranger right now for a new vehicle. I drive a saturn 98 sl2. Now the truck im looking at right now is a v6, 94, nice condition, 4x4 and owner says it runs nice. I forget how many miles are on it. Now there are minor problems. The hub is screwed up because I guess they forgot to hit a switch for the 4x4 before running it and now it makes noises when ever running in 4x4. Is this fix inexpensive? Also its for $1500 for the truck which is nice. Please need a reply.
  • Just purchased my first Ranger, an '06 (used to own a Toyota pickup), and my Brother has an '01 SL2 so am familar with Saturns. I'm no gear head but gut feel is unless you do your own work you should stay away from older Rangers (pre '00), especially if it has a known problem, as almost any repair these days costs $250 min just for the simple stuff. At a minimum before you purchase take the truck to the shop you plan to take it to to have the problem fixed and see how much it will cost to fix it (or just go there without the truck and describe the problem).

    If you really like it for the price and never plan to use 4wd, then buy it and don't put any money into fixing the hub problem.

    Good luck! :)
  • I was very excited with my new Ranger.
    I've never owned a truck before and the feeling of height and power was invigorating.

    I really enjoy doing research on the internet and I decided to look up the reviews of the Ranger and bask in the glory of my new truck.

    As you can imagine it was quite a shock when I read Edmunds review of the Ranger.
    The quote that applied directly to me was:
    "If you're not a hard-core off-roader, though, there's little reason to consider the 2007 Ford Ranger. Trucks like the Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are easier and more comfortable to drive on pavement, and all offer roomier cabs with more conveniences and safety features."

    So I did some research on my Ranger and comparable trucks.

    My Ranger (XLT Extended Supercab 4x2)
    Engine : 3.0 L 12 Valve V6
    Horsepower : 148 hp @ 4900 rpm
    Torque : 180 lb-ft @ 3980 rpm
    Fuel Economy: 17 city / 23 hwy

    Nissan Frontier (King SE-V6 4x2)
    Engine: 4L 24 Valve V6
    Horsepower : 261 hp @ 5600 rpm
    Torque : 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
    Fuel Economy : 16 city / 20 hwy

    Toyota Tacoma (Access Cab 4x2)
    Engine: 2.7L 16 Valve V4
    Horsepower : 159 @ 5200 rpm
    Torque : 180 lb –ft @ 3800 rpm
    Fuel Economy : 21 city / 27 hwy

    Dodge Dakota (ST Club Cab 4x2)
    Engine: 3.7L 12 Valve V6
    Horsepower : 210 @ 5200 rpm
    Torque : 235 lb –ft @ 4000 rpm
    Fuel Economy : 16 city / 22 hwy

    Chevy Colorado (LS Ext Cab 2WD)
    Engine: 2.8 L 16 Valve V4
    Horsepower : 175 hp @ 5600 rpm
    Torque : 185 lb – ft @ 2800 rpm
    Fuel Economy : 17 city / 24 hwy

    Going by these specs taken off the company websites, the Ranger is severely underpowered.
    Exactly what Edmunds said:
    "When equipped with the 4.0-liter V6, the Ford Ranger offers solid acceleration, but it feels underpowered with either the 3.0-liter V6 or the base four-cylinder."

    I have never driven any other trucks, but I can state from my own experience that the truck feels kind of slow. It's only a feeling, but I had it even when I test drived. I thought it was all trucks. Going by the review and specs it obviously isn't.

    And then there is the price :
    ( for Canadian to US funds)

    Ford Ranger: $22,899 ($20,069 US)
    Nissan Frontier: $26,598 ($23,314 US)
    Toyota Tacoma: $22,535 ($19,749 US)
    Dodge Dakota: $24,925 ($21,843 US)
    Chevy Colorado: $21,440 ($18,790 US)

    and my research leaves me feeling really, quite, unhappy.

    The Ranger is weaker than the competition, even weaker than the Tacoma and Colorado which are using 4 cylinder engines.

    The Ranger's fuel economy is almost identical to Dodge and Chevy and comparable to Nissan (which is far more powerful) and much worse than the Tacoma (which is still more powerful).

    The Ranger has the comparable cargo space to the other trucks too with the Chevy, Dodge and Nissan being even a bit bigger.

    Finally, there's price.
    The Ranger is more expensive than the Chevy (which is still stronger), more expensive than the Tacoma (only a bit stronger, but much more fuel efficient and it's a V4!), a little cheaper than Dodge (but far less powerful and barely more fuel efficient), and a good bit cheaper than Nissan (but much, much less powerful and still only a bit more fuel efficient).

    It feels good to get this off my chest, but I have to say:
    "I think I've been pwned."
  • Picked up a 2002 Ranger reg cab 2wd XL last week. 124k miles, cruise, cd, auto tranny for $3,750 private party. Edmunds TMV is $3,850 wholesale, $4,800 private, and $5,750 dealer... so I got a nice deal!

    The truck was originally used as a delivery vehicle in a networking business, then privately owned, and since the vehicle was maintenanced at the same garage, I've got a complete maintenance history, including the transmission replacement in late 2004. It's got a bed liner and a tonneau cover too, both in mint condition.

    The truck was smoked in, so I got rid of the odor... now to just find seat covers that actually fit a 60-40 split bench seat snugly.

    The 2.3l engine runs good, with some minor vibration and slight rocking at a stop, so I'll look into that.

    Overall I love having a truck again! (Former owner of a 1997 Mazda B4000 4x4)
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