The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC and side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test
The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain. Stability control and side air bags are standard for 2010. This is the last year for the Ranger.
Seating
3 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (148 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"I picked this one because it's hot outside - but if I was in front of this piece of junk I'd pick the rust - but if I was going over a bumpy road I'd pick suspension which also feels unsafe - they dont make it anymore not the Sport Track another piec"

Frank C., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Found no heat for the windshield in the summer. We paid for heater repair and new thermostat,but still have only tepid heat"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"control"

Bob G., FL (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a valve that open the heater vent stopped working. AC worked fine. heater would blow but no heat"

L L., TX (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Temperature control door replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"unable to adjust temp"

Warren S., HI (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"temperature control motor assy"

Richard D., QC (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Heater was not providing hot air"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater doesn't work"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Ranger None Unsure)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have to replenish the coolant about every second year in the Ranger"

Dianne S., NC (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure ax does not cool down"

Ronald R., PA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"rusted suction line"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Would not blow warm air"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Blend door actuator broke"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ignition switch had to be replaced $ 300"

Thomas H., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator sensor failed. Fuel tank had to be dropped Total bill $ 400"

Thomas H., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"the door seal rubber moldings accumulate water after it rains. When you open the door, water will drip onto the seat"

Stephen P., NC (2008 Ford Ranger)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"oil pan and transmission pan leaks"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Air leaks around passenger door seals above 40 mph"

James G., IL (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"To many rattles and squeaks to list"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"rattle turned out to be wheel bearings that were used on the front driver side wheel"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Just a noisy vehicle to drive"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"wind noise (as well as road noise) has increased over time"

Stephen P., NC (2008 Ford Ranger)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS sensor failure in front wheel"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"brake sensor failed"

Gerrard B., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Had a frozen caliper in right front wheel that caused some damage to rotor, and required complete front right brake system (rotor, shoe, caliper) replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"caliper stuck on rotor and warped it"

Gerrard B., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Front pad wore into rotor. I do a lot of towing a camper with this truck. May be why failed premature"

Chris Q., CA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"brake pads had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"cracked had to replace"

Gerrard B., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint sealer pealing"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"in connection with body rust"

Jamie C., PA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"This truck is hardly used - it is at a country home in upstate NY and we live in Manhattan - rust all over the back bumper and doorways - kept in a barn - washed each weekend - just crazy"

Frank C., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"The truck has an unusually large amount of rust under the doors, the running boards, and the undercarriage of the truck. Additionally, the aluminum wheels were horribly corroded - to the point that I invested in some after-market replacement wheels"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"box and frame premature rusting"

Jamie C., PA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I wash my car on a regular basis. One a year I wax my vehicles. The rust on the door panels and under side molding is just falling apart. Very disappointed in Ford"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Master and slave needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"I had transmission rebuilt at Aamco . Worst experience of my life"

Robert W., CA (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After 280000 miles it finally had to be replaced"

John T., CO (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"10 DEGREE SLACK DEVELOPED IN STEERING WHEEL. TOOK TO INDEPENDENT MECHANIC I TRUST & HE TIGHTENED LOOSE U-JOINT & CHARGED ME $ 25.00. FORD DEALER PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN $200.00!"

Marjie H., KS (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Both front wheel bearings went out about the same time. This issue, along with other issues I've had give me the impression that Ford is using substandard parts, so I don't plan to purchase another Ford. That's why I recently bought a Subaru"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had a unusual noise from front . Turned out to be worn front wheel bering"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"tranmission cooler hose leaked"

Gerrard B., NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission slipping had it rebuilt still having problems"

Robert W., CA (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"I don't think the cylinder should have failed this soon"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"driver's exterior door handle broke"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger door has never latched as firmly as it should"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In the winter time I can not lock my car doors. Or even try to unlock them. Cheaply made"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"Interior light comes on when the truck passes over a sharp bump"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"After I had the truck about 9 months the remote lock quit working. Battery replacement had no effect. I bought an aftermarket replacement that didn't work either. i have not pursued repairs since"

Peter S., WA (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Had oil pan and transmission pan seal leaks"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"engine knocking, "cylinder #5" - changed cables, plugs etc"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"HAD ALL INJECTORS REPLACED"

Robert P., MB (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"broken bracket on air sensor"

Guy P., ME (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"stopped charging, changed for rebuilt"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Had a wheel bearing go bad"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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