Ford Ranger Raptor
(2018 - 2021)

  • Class leading levels of off-roading ability
  • Surprisingly good on-road comfort and compliance
  • Exterior and interior wearing well
  • Good levels of features and tech
  • A concerning range of mechanical issues arising
  • Many have been driven very hard
  • Underwhelming engine for a Raptor model
  • Expensive for a used 4×4 ute
Overview

Available from 2018 to 2021 and from the factory in purely in 4×4 dual-cab ute or pick-up form, the Ranger Raptor is loaded with a host of bespoke and specific modifications and equipment when compared to the normal Ranger it is based on.

We’re talking tougher looks thanks to the Raptor body kit, aggressive font sticker pack and a host of off-road accessories, BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres wrapping 17” alloys hiding four-wheel disc brakes plus a wider track and suspension lift.

Under the skin the differences continue with a chassis engineered to handle some serious off-road antics thanks to the Raptor ditching the normal Rangers rear end leaf springs for coil-overs using a watt’s link setup and solid rear axle, stiffened side rails all controlled by arguably class leading Fox 2.5 shock absorbers.

However, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and 10-speed automatic gearbox are the very same as those found in later and regular Ranger models and many complain that this engine simply doesn’t have the punch or character you’d expect from a power plant in a Raptor model.

In terms of variants within the Ranger Raptor line-up, here in Australia more features and extras were available via the Raptor X model however the differences to the normal Raptor are minimal.

Short of some extra graphics, black alloy wheels, a sports bar, front tow hooks and some smaller aesthetic additions, it is business as usual.

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What goes wrong

In terms of the exterior, it’s pretty good news, there aren’t any common problems as such, at least not any that are the Raptors fault.

We found that many owners, even after putting their Raptors through years of serious use with minimal washing or exterior care, are surprised at how robust these exteriors are.

However, the issues that we did find regarding the exterior were largely due to abuse, generally off-road or aftermarket equipment not being fitted correctly, hence why it is critical any accessories fitted actually work.

Inside, it’s a similar story. There are the very odd sporadic reports of the drivers side armrest squeaking or window switches and random electronics playing up but we’re talking the odd report here and there, not common in comparison to how many Raptors have been sold.

Mechanically, there is a distinct divide with the Raptor.

There are plenty of examples that have had virtually no problems at all, and the owners that love and adore them. And then, there are Raptors that have had a long list of significant problems and the owners despise them.

We’re talking fuel pumps, water pumps, turbo failures, wiring complications, EGR issues, and in some cases complete catastrophic engine failures.

But again, remember some have had and will have zero issues.

These 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engines have a timing belt, not a timing chain. Although, this timing belt runs in oil, like a timing chain. Ford call it a “BIO” belt which stands for Belt In Oil.

We find it interesting that oil has been the arch nemesis of timing belts since, well forever yet now Ford has one that is submersed in oil. Ford engineers claim that (like a timing chain) it should never need regular maintenance although we’ll see how that pans out in 10 years’ time shall we?

The 10 speed automatic transmission has had its fair share of problems from the start with some of issues being rectified with factory recalls and software updates and others that have had whole new transmissions fitted.

Interestingly, the service intervals on these transmissions are suggested at every 240,000km or 10 years. Even though these transmissions have a very clever filtration system, if you want it to last, our advice is to service it (and the differentials) at least every 100,000km.

The problem mechanically with the Ranger Raptor is with owner’s experiences varying so much, it is very hard to predict the long-term reliability.
Like any used car, only consider a Ranger Raptor if it has low mileage and an impeccable service history.

Model range, pricing & features

Raptor

  • Price when new: $74,990 - $77,690
  • Price used: $49,000 - $105,000

The top-of-the-range off-roading and performance Raptor model of the Ranger range was introduced in late 2018 (MY19) and featured 17-inch alloy wheels with 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tyres, unique Raptor front grille, rear bumper and Dyno Grey bumper bars & side steps; as well as a 2.5-inch FOX racing shock absorbers and 2.3mm thick high-strength steel bash plate.

The Ranger Raptor also gained front and rear recovery hooks, tow bar, tailgate with lift assistance, eLocking rear differential with shift-on-the-fly and allowed for different driving modes in the terrain management system.

Inside, the Ranger Raptor was similarly equipped to a Wildtrak with the addition leather/suede upholstery and unique steering wheel.

Standard features:

17-inch alloy wheels
33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tyres
Front grille – unique Raptor design
Rear bumper – unique Raptor design
Bumper bars in Dyno Grey
Side mirrors in Dyno Grey
Front and rear mudflaps
Heavy duty side steps
2.5-inch FOX racing shock absorbers
2.3mm thick high-strength steel bash plate
Front recovery hooks (rated at 4,635kg)
Rear recovery hooks (rated at 3,863kg)
Strengthened chassis frame
Tailgate with lift assistance
Tow bar
eLocking rear differential
Shift-on-the-fly with locking rear differential
Low-range transfer case
Terrain management system with 6 modes: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Show, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja
Roll-over mitigation
Privacy glass
5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2015)
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front side airbags
Full-length curtain airbags
3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for front and rear outboard seated passengers
Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
Child seat anchor points
Headrests for all occupants
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Traction control
Electronic differential lock (EDL)
Anti-rollover system
Lane departure warning
Lane keeping assist
Fatigue warning/alarm
Rear parking sensors
Reversing camera – in infotainment system
Electrochromatic rear vision mirror
Electric side mirrors
Heated side mirrors
Electrically folding side mirrors
Electric windows – front and rear with driver’s auto up/down function
Cruise control
Bi-xenon headlights
LED front fog lights
Side indicators integrated into side mirrors
Automatic headlights
Daytime running lights (DRL)
Puddle lights
Interior lights – door lamps, reading lamps
Rain sensing (auto) wipers
Remote central locking with keyless entry (via button on door handle)
Proximity entry
Push button start
Engine immobiliser
Proximity alarm
Speed sensitive door locking
Tachometer
Fuel gauge
Trip computer with 4.2-inch multi-function display
Manual handbrake
Power steering
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
Steering wheel audio controls
Leather steering wheel
Dual-zone climate control
Leather and suede upholstery
8-Way electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Electric lumbar support adjustment for driver
Seat heating: driver and front passenger
8.0-inch touchscreen
SYNC3 system
8-speaker sound system
CD player
Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
Satellite navigation with live traffic updates
Apple CarPlay – wired
Android Auto – wired
USB connectivity
Front USB inputs
12V power outlet
Front and rear cupholders
2x bottle holders – front
2x bottle holders – rear
Centre console storage
Glovebox
Front seat map pockets
Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger
Under floor storage

2020 updates:
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
Additional USB sockets
Additional 12V outlets

Raptor X

  • Price when new: $79,390
  • Price used: $71,000 - $118,000

The Raptor X was a special edition model that consisted of a range of cosmetic upgrades such as 17-inch black alloy wheels, bonnet, side & tailgate strip decals; extended sports bar, front tow hooks, contrast red stitching on steering wheel & dashboard; and “Hydrographic and Black Alley” accents throughout.

Additional features:

17-inch Black alloy wheels
Bonnet, side and tailgate strip decals
Extended sports bar
Front tow hooks
Contrast red stitching on steering wheel and dashboard
“Hydrographic and Black Alley” accents

Should you buy it?

Overall, and for the majority, if you have the financial means to justify the current asking prices and to maintain a Raptor accordingly, and you’ve found the right example, it’s a yes, you should buy a Raptor. The Raptor, even when used, is still an awesome thing, they’re not perfect, but still, awesome.

But, as our “What Goes Wrong?” Section shows, buying even a really good Raptor, can be a gamble.

However, for a few of you, it’s actually a no you shouldn’t buy a Raptor.

This is not so much due to the Raptor itself, but more accurately, it’s regarding the reasons some buy a Ranger Raptor in the first place.

Unfortunately, many people buying Raptors are buying them purely for the tough and rugged image they portray and if you’re buying a big off-road focused dual cab ute, like a Raptor, as purely an image statement and you have little to no intention to go off-road in it, that’s very disappointing.

As tempting as the Raptor may be, dropping nearly $100,000 on a tough looking ute is not going to fill any enormous gaps in personality.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

5 years/unlimited kms

Servicing:

12 months/15,000kms

Tech specs

Body style:

4-door dual cab (double cab) ute

Engines:

2.0 litre 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel

Power:

157kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel

Torque:

500Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel

Transmission & drivetrains:

10-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive (4×4)

Fuel consumption:

8.2L/100km (combined)

Length:

5398mm

Width:

2028mm

Height:

1873mm

Kerb weight:

2332kg

Towing (braked/unbraked):

2500/750kg

Disclaimer

Information correct as of November 11, 2022.

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