Dynamite Auto Sales
3050 E Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008

2002 Ford Ranger XLT

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VIN #:
3L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Deep Wedgewood Blue Metallic
Interior Color:
Dark Graphite
Body Style
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There’s no way to avoid a base-model pickup as a good value in truck motoring. Compacts have less metal and aren’t as expensive as full-sizes, and some compacts have a V-6 with 4WD. We went shopping for a 2WD. We found the Ranger XLT for under $16,000 and much better equipped than anything else we’ve driven lately for this price. Since an XLT isn’t the base model, standards include ABS, chrome wheels and trim, a CD player, cloth split-bench seat, tach, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The only option is $325 for cruise control and tilt-steering column. This truck would be a better value with a regulation flat-sided bed instead of the fancier Flareside, but performance is similar. Drop down to an entry-level Ranger, save a few thousand, and have all the function of this version. Or spend roughly the same and get a 4WD low-trim Ranger. Either way, the Toyota Tacoma was the only other name that came up. The Ranger’s 2.3L four-cylinder recently got overhauled, and now with two cams and 16 valves antes up 135 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque at a not-too-high 3750 rpm. This engine is plenty to keep the Ranger moving with traffic, reaching 60 mph in less than 10 sec and handling seven-percent grades well above the posted limit in overdrive. Its four-cylinder status became apparent in upper-rpm buzz, where balance shafts are required to match I-6 or V-8 smoothness. It also has a weak idle if you forget to add revs before engaging the clutch. The five-speed has well-spaced ratios, a longish throw shifter that never misses, and an easily modulated light clutch. The combination offered superior mileage, with city estimates above any of the others’ highway numbers. Underneath, the Ranger is basic mini-pickup, with independent coils up front and a leaf-sprung solid axle under the back. Since it’s light, it rides well empty and has good steering precision and effective brakes. Despite rather mundane tires, it went through the slalom cones just behind the all-independent all-wheel- drive BMW X5 and 2.0 mph behind the fat-tire, firmly damped Dakota R/T. It also outstopped the other pickups with no drama. Inside, the Ranger offers surprising room for a regular cab, with at least one 6-ft tester not needing the seat all the way back. Cloth headliner and upholstery belie the price, and with a relatively small volume to adjust, heating and air-conditioning are quick. We also noted how nice it was to check mileage without a key (mechanical odo) and flip the inside mirror to dark whenever we desired.

Factory Installed Options

  • 3.0L (182) SEFI V6 ENGINE

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Rear Wheel Drive


  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player


  • ABS
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch

Seat & Trim

  • Cloth Seats

Tires & Wheels

  • Conventional Spare Tire
  • Steel Wheels

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • (2) cab doors
  • (4) black cargo box tie-down hooks
  • 15" silver-painted styled steel wheels w/bright hub cap
  • 19.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 3.0L (182) SEFI V6 engine
  • 4-pin trailer tow wiring harness
  • 4740# GVWR/1260# maximum payload
  • 58 amp-hour (540 CCA) battery
  • 6'' pickup box
  • 95 amp alternator
  • Adjustable height front shoulder safety belts w/top release
  • Aero halogen headlights
  • Black steering wheel
  • Cargo area light
  • Chrome front/rear step bumper
  • Chrome grille bars
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Color-keyed carpet
  • Color-keyed carpeted front floor mats


  • Color-keyed cloth sun visors w/LH strap
  • Color-keyed glove box
  • Color-keyed grille surround
  • Color-keyed headliner w/sound insulation
  • Color-keyed rear-of-cab coat hook
  • Contoured platinum front/rear mud flaps
  • Driver & front passenger airbags w/manual passenger-side deactivation switch
  • Dual-note horn
  • Electronic ignition system
  • Engine block heater *STD only in AK, MN, MT, ND, SD, WI & WY*
  • Floor consolette w/dual cupholders, removable black ash cup
  • Front dome light
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Gas shock absorbers
  • Instrument panel 12-volt pwr point
  • Manual day/night interior rearview mirror
  • Map lights
  • Multi-leaf spring rear suspension


  • Passenger-side roof-mounted grab handle
  • Passenger-side visor vanity mirror
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Quick-release tailgate
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Securilock passive anti-theft system
  • Short/long arm front suspension
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • Styled manual mirrors
  • Tachometer
  • Upgraded door trim panels w/map pockets/scuff-resistant grain
  • Vinyl rear jump seats
  • Warning chimes-inc: headlights-on, key-in-ignition, safety belt