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Pros: The ease of use, everything is well laid out and easy to use.
Cons: The stock good year tires.
Advice: If you are a large person go with the extended cabThis little truck can do anything! Off-road it is great. On-road is clean. The only thing that I don't care for on the truck is the stock tires. Not bad, just not good at any one thing.
Pros: Plenty of power with the 4.0
Cons: GAS HOG!!!!!!
Advice: Have deep pockets to pay for that rising gas.Had my 4.0 4x4 for the last 2 years and just now traded it in. This is the 3rd ranger that I have owned and they have all been great. My biggest beef and this one is the poor gas milage which is blamed because of the gearing in the rear. With the price of gas going crazy, I could not take the 17 MPG which was on a good day. My Brothers' F150 4x4 got the same. That slayed me. Other then that, it was a great truck as all of my Rangers have been.
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: Vehicle ride height
Cons: Gas mileage only fair
Advice: Strongly consider the 3.0 V6 for long term useI got the 3.0L v6 automatic. No problems with anything after 4 monthes (fingers crossed). Overall I've been happy with it. Of the three engines available I like this one best due to its cast iron block and head construction. Read the shop manual - if you have any engine problems with the other engines it will require an engine replacement. As a long term owner I recommend the 3.0 L for its serviceability.
Pros: standard transmition
Cons: Rearend is very light, gets stuck easy, The engine has tooooooo much electrical but that is all new vehicles.
Advice: Get a Bigger Motor than the 2.3L and 4x4 (Lacks power but good on gas)hay i got the 2.3l dohc. runs good but lacks power. ive pulled a ton in the bed. pulled it 75 mph for about 100 miles so it has a lil pep in it.
Cons: tires- cheap continentals
Advice: Looking for a no-nonsense truck this is the oneHad some issues with interior fit and driver side door problems 'squeaks'. All has been resolved. The 4.0 is great, strong and smooth! Transmission shifts flawlessly. This is a great overall truck for the money, not as refined as some others, but still a wonderful truck!
Pros: power and performance
Cons: shifter hard to reach, ashtray is out of reach
Advice: could not find anything that can compair with power and performance, looks good too.I only have 230 miles on my new ranger 4x4 but just love it. it has the 4.0 engine, 5 speed standard shift--gearing is perfect- runs at 60 mph- 2100 rpm --fuel milage so far is 25.6 mpg!!!it has the heavy springs and tow package - the ride is stiff but not bad, drives very good, has monster power for a small truck. i would recomend this for anyone who hunts or fishes. the only thing i can find out of place is the shifter is a little to far forward--great truck.