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Why (Not) the Ford Ranger?

Ford Ranger reviews by TrueDelta members get to the point: the best reasons for buying (or not buying) the Ranger.

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Ford Ranger Reviews

05/31/13

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A member in New Jersey, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling
Classic Ford truck style. Small trucks are very useful

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Fuel economy
V-6 fuel economy in a 4 cyl. No matter what I do it gets 20 mpg. should be better

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Price or payments, Quietness, Cargo capacity

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Front seat room, Reliability & durability, Ride smoothness, Reliability & durability

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10/10/12

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  2009 Ford Ranger 4x4 with 4.0L - a real gas guzzle
A member in Ontario, Canada

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Reliability & durability
My 2009 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 with 4.0L engine now has approx 27,000 km and has not required a single repair. Owners manual suggests 12,000 km oil change interval but I change it on my own at 6,000 and then take it to the dealer at the next 6,000. I provide my own synthetic oil.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Fuel economy
2009 4.0L 4x4 with Auto is just HORRIBLE for fuel mileage - all these trucks with the 4.0L are! Although the Ford Ranger has an excellent and proven track record for reliability and the new vehicle pricing was very competitive, I could have purchased a larger more expensive truck with a V8 and more features and by this time I'm sure that I could have broken even if you consider how much the Ranger has cost me in additional fuel costs. Although I'm confident that this little Ranger will last for years, I'm afraid that I will be trading it earlier than I would have wanted to find something that is not such a gas guzzler.

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Ride smoothness

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03/13/12

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A member in Florida, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Powertrain performance
For the light weight of this vehicle, the engine performs admirably. With plenty of low end torque and a nice little HP powerband around 5000rpm, it works very well.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Fuel economy
Could be better. Right now getting a nudge over 20mpg each tank, which is somewhat expected but could still be better.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Dealer practices, Handling, Controls and instruments, Discounts & incentives

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Quietness

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12/03/11

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A member in North Dakota, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Powertrain performance
Maximum engine for this year was a 207 HP V6

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Handling, Rear seat room & comfort

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08/16/11

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A member in North Dakota, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Fuel economy
I averaged 15-16mpg in mixed driving during the summer. About 11-12mpg in the winter. On long trips I could get 18-20mpg, but the best I ever got out of it was 23mpg going down the I80 into California.



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06/13/11

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A member in Tennessee, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling
The lines are clean. Wheel clearance is sufficiently high for traveling over a field without the cab being so tall that I need an aid to enter the vehicle.



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04/26/11

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A member in Maryland, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Reliability & durability
The 3.0L engine is not a powerhouse, but is proven design and is durable.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Powertrain performance
I wish Ford had offered the DOHC 3.0L Duratec engine (200HP) in the Ranger instead of the 4.0 SOHC engine. The 3.0L Vulcan engine really needs about 50 more HP.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Driving position & visibility, Exterior styling, Cargo capacity, Price or payments

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Ride smoothness, Warranty, maintenance cost, Rear seat room & comfort

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11/20/10

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A member in Michigan, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Powertrain performance
Not the fastest compact truck on the street.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Color choices, Brand reputation & image, Past personal experience

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Quietness, Rear seat room & comfort, Price or payments, Dealer practices

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08/16/10

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A member in Florida, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling
Reliable compact truck. Other manufacturers have gone big with their small truck designs, (Nissan and Toyota), but Ford retained the small Ranger. I was looking for a compact 4-cyl truck that would give me good mileage. The Ranger has what I was looking f

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Price or payments, Reliability & durability



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07/16/10

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A member in Tennessee, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Discounts & incentives
It was dirt cheap for us to buy.

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling

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07/10/10

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A member in Virginia, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling
I like the way the Ranger exterior has fairly clean body lines and you can do a decent amount of modifying without it looking odd.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Quietness
The Ranger could use some sound deadening material with the windows up with No Radio or HVAC on you can hear Alot of road noise

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Past personal experience, Reliability & durability, Cargo capacity, Brand reputation & image

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Ride smoothness, Fuel economy, Powertrain performance, Rear seat room & comfort

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04/07/10

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A member in California, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Past personal experience
The overall size is very good for off-road adventures and has good 4WD capability and still has decent space for storage.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Fuel economy
I would always like to get better gas mileage but considering mine is 4WD and has the larger engine, the gas mileage is not that bad. I would not want to give up power to get better gas mileage. I do feel Ford could improve on fuel economy.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Brand reputation & image, Exterior styling

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Quietness, Rear seat room & comfort

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02/23/10

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A member in Wisconsin, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Exterior styling
Looks good, like a small truck should

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Quietness
Loud in cab, annoying at times.



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02/17/10

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A member in New Jersey, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Price or payments
It was the least-expensive pickup I could find when I bought it in 2003. 14K and change for an XLT with standard cab, standard bed, four-cylinder engine, manual transmission, bedliner, carpeting, power windows and door locks, air and sliding rear window.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Insurance & depreciation
Insurance is very inexpensive, as replacement parts are cheap and plentiful. Depreciation is steep. After 7 years of ownership, trade-in value is about $3700.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Safety & braking, Cargo capacity



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02/17/10

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A member in Pennsylvania, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Ford Ranger: Past personal experience
3rd Ranger I have own and never have had a major problem. First Ranger I ended up selling after it rolled over the 300,000 mile mark.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Ride smoothness
Being a short wheelbase truck with torsion bars tends to leave the ride smoothness often a little rough.

Other Reasons to Buy the Ford Ranger: Powertrain performance, Exterior styling, Reliability & durability

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Ford Ranger: Feature availability

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