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Old 06-04-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Considering an 04 Ranger

Well the time has come...as much as I'd like to see another mustang in the driveway, a winter/practical car must come first.

I'm looking at Ford Rangers...I found an 04 4x4 with the 4.0 SOHC in SONIC BLUE



Anyone have any experience with them? Opinions, comments, yay or nay on this truck. I'm leaning towards the midsize truck rather than the full size.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

back when Ford had cheap leases, I leased 3 of them over the course of 6 years (supercab 4.0 4x4). I never had any troubles with any of them, they go thru the snow well, and are pretty easy to drive around. The only thing I noticed is that the gas mileage is not much better then my full-size F150. I even towed a car trailer a couple of times with the supercab version as they are rated to tow 5000 lbs (although you have to be easy and cautious when doing it). They are easier to park and move around than a full-size. So, overall I was happy with them.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

Yah I did some research and it seems they don't get the best gas mileage for the size. Maybe 20 on the highway if you're lucky...but for what I want to spend a newer Ranger with decent miles works. I'd have to get too old of a F150 with high miles for what I want to spend.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

I never had any problems with mine while I had it. I replaced a unit bearing and a starter on my buddy's Ranger a few months ago, but its an '00 with a bunch of miles. Starter was cheap, but a Timken unit bearing was almost $400. A Chinese piece was $150. I get about the same highway MPGs in my Cummins as the Ranger and I love having a big truck, but that's just personal preference.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

I had to work on those things every day when I was a tech.. Not that they were unreliable, but they have to be one of my least favorite ford vehicles - I would drive a focus daily over one, given I didn't have to haul anything around.. If I did, I would take an exploder
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

Nice choice man. Ranger is a good little truck and will serve you well as a winter ride and light duty. However ditch those tires asap and get you a real set of tires. Only real warning I will give you is the *** end is light. So throw some sand bags in the back if you deal with snow a lot. If you have any questions just hit me up.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

One more thing to think about is if you drive around with 3-4 people very often, it SUCKS. My dad has a Colorado, its not a bad little truck either. They are available as a 4 door, but the bed is SHORT if you get that option.
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Looks like a nice looking ride. How much are they asking if you dont mind? Im partial to the F-150's and bigger trucks but I agree you should get something that would be reliable with lesser miles. Plus it matches the Stang. Thats the best part
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Anyone have any experience with them? Opinions, comments, yay or nay on this truck. I'm leaning towards the midsize truck rather than the full size.
I've had 2 exploders - never again. Before you sign, go test drive a Tacoma. I'd be willing to bet you'd like their V6 and better ride over a ranger. And yes, I have an '08 I bought new. Its definitely a keeper.
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Nice choice man. Ranger is a good little truck and will serve you well as a winter ride and light duty. However ditch those tires asap and get you a real set of tires. Only real warning I will give you is the *** end is light. So throw some sand bags in the back if you deal with snow a lot. If you have any questions just hit me up.
Yah I'll definitely be doing some mods...tires will be the first Thanks for the heads up on the weight, good to know.

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One more thing to think about is if you drive around with 3-4 people very often, it SUCKS. My dad has a Colorado, its not a bad little truck either. They are available as a 4 door, but the bed is SHORT if you get that option.
Yah 98% of the time it'll just be me...to work and back. My friend has a mid 90's 5spd with the extended cab, with the jump seats...kinda sucked sitting back there but I won't have that problem this time around

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Looks like a nice looking ride. How much are they asking if you dont mind? Im partial to the F-150's and bigger trucks but I agree you should get something that would be reliable with lesser miles. Plus it matches the Stang. Thats the best part
It's at another dealership for ~11k Blue Book is around 13.5K, and my salesman (friend) at the local Ford dealership will get it for me and get the price knocked down as much as possible. Oh yeah, SB FTGDMFW

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I've had 2 exploders - never again. Before you sign, go test drive a Tacoma. I'd be willing to bet you'd like their V6 and better ride over a ranger. And yes, I have an '08 I bought new. Its definitely a keeper.
Not a toyota guy...not that I extremely hate the company , but you'll see me dead before owning an import model. I know a couple people who have them and they aren't overly satisfied, but everyone's different.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

A pickup sometimes sucks in the snow. It is a 4x4 but you are still gonna have that light rear end issue even in the rain. I have a 2001 f-150 crew cab but my daily is a 08 escape,perfect size in my opinion and gets great gas mileage. I'm thinkin about gettin another one after the truck is dead which won't be for awhile but that's how much I like that little escape.
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A pickup sometimes sucks in the snow. It is a 4x4 but you are still gonna have that light rear end issue even in the rain. I have a 2001 f-150 crew cab but my daily is a 08 escape,perfect size in my opinion and gets great gas mileage. I'm thinkin about gettin another one after the truck is dead which won't be for awhile but that's how much I like that little escape.
Well, the mustang does pretty well in the rain (good hard downpours with hydroplaning) and it has sumicrapmos for tires, so I better not have any problems with a 4x4 truck in the rain, lol.

I always sort of thought the smaller SUV's like the escape, rav4, etc. would be dicey in the northwood's snow/ice because they're sort of top heavy and awkward. I see more people with SUV's in the ditches than I do cars and trucks.

Either way, I'll put some weight in the bed for winter...it just makes sense to do so.
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I always sort of thought the smaller SUV's like the escape, rav4, etc. would be dicey in the northwood's snow/ice because they're sort of top heavy and awkward. I see more people with SUV's in the ditches than I do cars and trucks.
They're not dicey at all when using 4x4. Pick ups are useless in the snow unless you have 4x4, then no worries. As for the ditch riders, it's over-confidence, not the vehicles that put them there.
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They're not dicey at all when using 4x4. Pick ups are useless in the snow unless you have 4x4, then no worries. As for the ditch riders, it's over-confidence, not the vehicles that put them there.

I agree 100% that this is a driver problem. I had a 95 (I think) suzuki 4dr for a rental about
More than 10 ys agop when I wa living in Illinois and I beat the **** outta that thing in the snow without the 4 wheel drive on,I'm talkin about plowin over snowmen in peoples front lawns and going to school yards and tearin **** up in a open field. Never one was I worried about it rollin. Now this was back in the day so I would never do **** like that again,I think I was maybe 22 or 23 then and when I look back at that I think man what a ******* for tearin through someones front yard to plow over a snowman! I will always think back and laugh my *** off though.
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Re: Considering an 04 Ranger

I haven't great things about the Ranger. However, I see a ton on the road. The Tacoma is a nice pick-up but it's expensive. P/U's are a dying breed with the 1tons moving in for a couple grand more. Toyota and Ford seem to have the most P/U's out there. The Escape is a great car as well as the Mazda Tribute (same car mostly). Subaru makes a great car for the snow from what I've heard. I know you'd rather have a domestic. Look at Mercury you may get a good deal on the SUV the (mariner)?
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