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Pros: The looks, the power, and the tunes.
Cons: The stock tires.
Advice: Put more aggressive tires on.From the first time I hit the gas, I fell in love with the truck. Shut the door on a Ford and you can feel the seal of a metal well built door. Some people I know bought imports and the door feels like it is made from plywood (Nisson, Toyota, Honda...) I also have hear how the import truckies like their service centers. My Ranger has only been in the shop for tires and state inspections.
Pros: sits real high for a 2wd
Cons: for the xlt package there could be a little better than steel wheels on it
Advice: good reliable truck that has very many good qualitiesthis truck for only having a 2.3 4cyl. is quite a little truck. it pulls and carries some pretty good weight for its size. there has been no problems except a little problem with the tailgate cable not tight on one side and the rear leaf springs squeek alot. much better power and ride height than competing trucks in its class. but could use some more power on the hills. the truck does just fine in the snow living in pa. just dont drive it like its summer, put better tires for the weather than the stock ones, and some weight in the bed.
Pros: Vinyl floor covering is so easy to clean. I just sweep it out.
Cons: The 'ding ding ding' that I have to endure every 20 seconds if I dont have a seatbelt on.
Advice: Get cruise control package.So far I have 7000 miles on it, and I have already had to have an oil pan gasket replaced due to a leak that drips on the exhaust. They did not fix it right so, I have to take it back a second time. Other than that, it is a great truck. It rides good for a truck, it looks great, the cargo room on the 7' bed is more than enough for me, plus it can handle plenty of weight. Even with the few problems I have had, I have gotten no lip from Ford, they have just fixed it.
Pros: 4wd & ride height
Cons: engine noise & door ajar switch problem
Advice: look around. there are higher quality trucks available with less problems, even if you have to buy used.The truck rides pretty good, but the engine has a high pitched whining type of noise that gets louder as you accelerate. When you're not accelerating, the noise stops. It isn't ridiculously loud, but loud enough to hear over the radio and be very annoying at times. Also, the 4-door version must have a defective door ajar switch b/c unless you really slam the back right door, the door ajar indicator stays on, as well as the interior light. I've had it in to the dealership 3 times within the first month of ownership, but still the problem exists. Not a bad truck, but I expected much better quality-wise.
Cons: Rear seat/Extended cab space
Advice: Buy the 4.0 litterBack Seat?, forget it, only small children could fit. Rear doors rattle over moderate rough city strrets. Rough idle at times, could use more power going up 5 to 6% grades. Roomy front interior space, good body fit and paint finish. Great AC, heat, and sound system. No major problems at 4k miles, so far a good reliable truck.
Pros: Driver Comfort
Advice: Need at Min. the XLT package2002 XLT Spacecab. Very Comfortable to drive, 3.0 provides adequate HP for acceleration. Rides smooth for a truck.
Pros: Space and ease of entry.
Cons: The four door model need to correct the door ajar switch.
Advice: Buy a 3.0 V6 or a 4.0 V6 for power.Excellent dual purpose vehicle, it will make a good car for a small family in short trips. Good workhorse for someone that doesn't need a lot of space for cargo (it carries almost the same weight as the F150)