- This is the 3rd and longest running generation of Ranger (1998-2012), which introduced the extended SuperCab and a unique suicide door set up for the two sideways facing jump seats in the back (the Ranger was the first and only truck to offer this layout)
- The 3rd gen also introduced modern wishbone independent front suspension (replacing the old twin I-Beam setup in the 2WD and the “Twin-Traction” beam in the 4×4 models). Rack & pinion steering was also added, improving the handling and steering feel by a wide margin. Newly engineered hub locks (called “Pulse Vacuum” hub-locks) allowed for a quiet, effortless 4×4 engagement on the fly via a dash-mounted switch
- Starting in 2002, Ford offered an off-road package for the first time on a Ranger (two, in fact). The top of the line package was the “FX4 Off Road” package. This gave the Ranger a 200+hp, overhead cam 4.0L V6 (over the OHV 3.0L V6) as well as Bilstein shock absorbers, hi-po Torsen limited slip 8.8″ rear differential with larger axle shafts, 4.10:1 axle gear ratio, and 31×10.50R15 BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires and 15″ forged aluminum wheels. If you chose the 5-speed manual trans, you received a manual transfer case shift lever (absent since 1997 the models). Unique seats and interior trim were also part of the upgrade
- Ford actually produced an electric Ranger for this generation (sold between 1998 and 2002). It had a 65-mile range, a 65 mph top speed, and a $53k (!) price tag. In comparison, the price for a base Ranger was only $11k
- The chassis of the first generation of Ford Ranger (1982-1992) was used under the Bronco II, which went down as one of Ford’s biggest failures of all time (behind the Pinto). The tall Bronco body was not a fit for the small Ranger chassis, and this caused it to tip over with ease.
- It was so bad that the Bronco II caused about 70 deaths per year due to its instability. For comparison, this was the same death rate produced by tornados in the U.S. during the same period
- For 2003, Ford changed the name of the top-of-the-line FX4 Off Road package to “FX4 Level II”. Confusingly, Ford renamed the basic off-road package “FX4 Off Road”, which was the same name given to the top-of-the-line package from the previous year (2002)
- 2003 saw a power bump for both the 2.3 4cyl engine (now 143 hp and 154 ft/lbs) and the 3.0 V6 engine (154 hp and 180 ft/lbs)
- Ford added thicker glass and increased insulation throughout to provide a more refined, quiet cabin
- Only the 2002 FX4 and 2003+ FX4 Level II’s came with the 31-spline 8.8-inch rear and Torsen LSD. The manual transfer case could only be optioned on these models as well
- Top of the line XLT FX4 4×4 Supercab
- Body is straight, paint is flawless. Always garaged
- Loaded with two tone seats, A/C, tilt wheel, cruise control, and power windows/door/locks
- No accidents
- Needs new front tires
- Location: Portland, Oregon – (more photos below) – UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)
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