Duncan Edwards wrote:TK421 wrote:pfft, you pretty much said it with the model. The Ford Ranger direction is pretty much what it looks like. It is your stripped down truck meant for one sole purpose, to be used as a truck. ... Even on a wiring standpoint that truck is striaght forward even by today's standards (... only as well as you maintain her.
Exactly. It runs and it's easy to pay for. I love the review on the Ranger in Edmunds Vehicle Guide. They said that only two things will never go extinct - roaches and Rangers because they are both too simple to kill. I'm inclined to agree but Ford is ending the Ranger after this model year so we'll see how long this one lasts. Instead of a 2.5L four cylinder the new one I bought has a 4.0L V-6, automatic, and a few creature comforts. The engine is made in Germany and the transmission is made in France. Think of the jokes you can make out of that. Anyhow that's a substantial V-6 in a small truck so it will tow a useful load and has good power. Ford was giving big factory money on them so I got a good deal. Hopefully this one will last twelve or thirteen years as well.
Every now and then I'll do a search for something and the past comes back to life. FWIW - Both Rangers, the '98 and the 2010 are still running. The '98 has been living at Camp MPV w Dave since 2011 and the 2010 is approaching 240,000 miles without a break. I did a little work on the front end and got a tune-up but that's been it. Something happens to make me keep it every time I think about a new rig. Looks like I've got a couple more years to go with it and I doubt the '98 will ever die.