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2009 Ford Ranger Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2009 Ford Ranger 4x4 with 4.0L - a real gas guzzle by dpletzer

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Cudos to Ford for developing and keeping one of the last true smaller pickups with such great realiability but SHAME on Ford for not enhancing the Ranger's technology to get better fuel economy.

Reviewed: 2009 Ford Ranger

4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed 207-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Why the 2009 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.

Why Not the 2009 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.

Ride smoothness

Seats are hard - the foam cushions do not need to be that firm!

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