Low-Mile ’99 Ford Ranger Is Your Mid-Size Alternative

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1999 Ford Ranger

Lots of people think the 2019 Ford Ranger is too big. So how about a nearly new last-gen example with just 18k miles?

Personally, we’re digging the new, mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger. But there are a lot of you out there that feel like it’s too, shall we say, big. And you have a point. The new Ford Ranger is a pretty large vehicle, looking more like a 7/10ths scale F-150 than the compact pickup we once knew and loved. So if you want a proper compact truck, where do you turn? Well, how about this 18k-mile 1999 Ford Ranger we spotted on Craigslist?

It certainly isn’t every day you see an older Ranger with this kind of mileage on the clock. In fact, we can’t even recall the last time we did. Most of the ones you’ll find on the used truck market these days have well over 100k, and they typically aren’t in the greatest shape. Because, well, people drove the living heck out of them. They were cheap, practical, and pretty darn reliable, after all.

1999 Ford Ranger

The last-gen Ranger was available in some pretty bare bones configurations, but this one is rather nicely optioned. It has the Sport package with color-matched bumpers and grille, aluminum wheels, and the V6. It is a manual, which is pretty nice to see. And by all accounts, it’s in pretty darn immaculate condition. Inside and out, this is one of the cleaner last-gen Rangers we’ve seen in some time.

1999 Ford Ranger

Sadly, it’s also a reminder that the days of super cheap, reliable, and small pickups are likely gone forever. Which is a shame, really. Even though they weren’t the smoothest riding, the most powerful, or the most efficient, the old Ford Ranger gave lots of people exactly what they needed. An affordable pickup that was easy to drive and could haul some stuff in a pinch!

1999 Ford Ranger

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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