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2013 Ford Ranger XLS 3.2 (4x4) owner review

Matthew O'Hanlon
  • 4x4 ability
  • Looks
  • Reliability
  • Seat fabrics
  • Aircon could be a bit better
  • Better speakers

About the Ford Ranger

Matthew O’Hanlon purchased this Ford Ranger new with additional options for $48,000 (including all on-road costs). Matthew O’Hanlon would buy this car again because: “Yes I would buy it again, I love the old Ranger.”

How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

My Ranger has been very reliable, only issue I have had with it is that the drivers seat base use to slowly go down by itself and always had to pump it back up every time I got in to it. But it was fixed by Ford under warranty.

What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

The ownership experience has been really good, I have taken my Ranger off-road occasionally and a trip up with it to Cape York, and has always gone where I wanted to go with ease off-road, especially when I put 33-inch tyres and suspension lift and a few other accessories.

How has the purchase and aftercare experience been with your car?

It was okay with Ford for the first three free services, then after that they didn’t want to know me, but I was happy with that anyway because I always prefer going to my local mechanic.

Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

Yes I am. It’s the PX1 ranger so it has less electronics to go wrong with it. Not like the newer PX2 and and PX3 rangers with heaps of electronics that I don’t need.

What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

I think it is good for what it is. I have a bit off ARB gear all over it, like bull bar, side rails, canopy, winch etcetera… and 33-inch tyres. So it’s heavy and not very aerodynamic.

But I am happy with the performance and economy, it’s set up the way I want it and it is no race car.

What do you think of the technology in your car?

Good for its day but I am a bit old school and like what it has. I definitely don’t want the new technology in the new Rangers, a lot less to go wrong with my Ranger.

What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

Very good for the way I have the suspension set up. I love it.

Do you have any additional comments about your car?

All in all it is a good 4×4 and I love it.

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Show Breakdown
Technology 7
Reliability 9.5
Ride & Handling 8.5
Price & Features 9.5
Purchase & Aftercare 3.5
Performance & Economy 8
Ownership Experience 9.5
Top Line Specs
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