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The First Gen Ford Ranger (1983-1992)

Sunday, April 19th 2015. | Ford Ranger, Reviews

The newly redesigned for 2015 Ranger has just hit the global market, unfortunately there are no plans yet to bring to the USA. All the same it’s a good time to take a look at where this truck’s utilitarian roots. It wasn’t always the nicely appointed mid-size truck it is today. It used to be a small truck, not a mid-size and definitely didn’t have the creature comforts Ranger buyers enjoy for 2015.

1983 Ford Ranger Regular Cab

1983 Ford Ranger Regular Cab

The first generation of Ford Ranger debuted in 1983 with four engine options. There were 3 gasoline powere options, a 73 hp 2 liter four cylinder, an 80 hp 2.3 Liter four cylinder and a 2.8 liter Cologne V6 Engine. There was also a diesel available in the form of a 59hp 2.2 Liter Mazda/Perkins engine. The Ford Ranger was available four wheel drive and was available with two bed sizes and only with a regular cab initially, later as a super cab as well. Trim levels were: Base, XL, XLS and XLT.

1983 Ford Ranger Advertisement

1983 Ford Ranger Advertisement


The Ranger received a makeover in 1989. This included new headlamps, and a redesigned hood, grille and front fenders. The interiors also got a makeover with an updated dashboard. The truck also received a couple of upgrades in the form of rear-wheel anti-lock brakes and distributor-less ignition system which was good for 10 additional horsepower on the 2.3 liter gasoline engine.

1990 Ford Ranger STX

1990 Ford Ranger STX

Features like the aforementioned are practically a given on modern-day trucks, including the 2015 Ranger. You couldn’t even expect a tape-deck as standard, much less bluetooth connectivity. But one thing these old Rangers were great at, was being a truck, more specifically a work-truck in the truest sense of the word, a no-nonsense vehicle ready for hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I like a Lariat or a King Ranch all day long, but sometimes you just need something that does the job, nothing more and nothing less.

1983 Ford Ranger Interior

1983 Ford Ranger Interior

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