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Pros: The size first . . . . The whole package overall
Cons: 12.5 mpg around town....but it IS a 5.9L V8 ! ! !
Advice: Get running boards or nerf bars for the wife.....The new Mayor of Truckville is here ! ! ! I'm totally satisfied with mine, which I bought 3 weeks ago - 2002 1500 Quad Cab 1500 SLT, 2 Wheel drive with the 4 speed automatic, cloth seats, and the preferred package 26G, trailer tow group, 17' Chrome clad wheels. Now I need to find a camper. The ride is firm but comfortable, handling is predictable with just a bit of side hop over washboard surfaces with no load, wind noise with the windows closed is negligable, the climate control works well, unlike that in the Durango, there's plenty of visibility all around, and the trailer-tow mirrors have integral blind-spot mirrors as well.
Cons: Small back seat
Advice: Buy the extend cab with the 4.3 liter engineThis is my 2nd S-10 4X4. I've owned a Ranger, B-4000, and a Tacoma. This is by far a better truck than any other I've owned. The powertrain of a 4.3, mated with either transmission has much more low-end torque than the others; I highly recommend the 3.73 rear differential. Going over the mountain passes in Colorado is a breeze with the S-10. Off-road, it has performed without a flaw. In my opinion, this is the best compact pickup made.
Pros: Rear wheel drive
Cons: lack of power and uncomfortable seats
Advice: look elsewhere. If you must, definitely buy the largest (4.0L) engine!!!This Ranger is an extended cab with the 3.0L V6. The seats are among the most uncomfortable I have ever used. Fuel economy is dismal at 14 in the city and 16.5 on the road. The 3.0L engine is very sluggish. 0-60 is around 13 seconds. A 1998 Windstar with the 3.0L V6 can easily best this by 2.5 seconds while getting 4 - 6 mpg better fuel economy. Unless you feel compelled to drive a small sluggish uncomfortable pickup, your money would be better spent elsewhere. Passing performance is a joke. This vehicle borders on dangerous with respect to pickup needed to safely merge into freeway traffic. If you look at the engine specs and weight of the vehicle on paper, it looks as if it should have more then acceptable performance, but in reality, it feels like driving a mid 80's Chrysler K car. Obviously Ford did not pay attention to owners of past versions of this vehicle. We have several in our fleet replacing Ford Windstar vans. Not one person driving this vehicle has anything good to say about it.
Pros: ride and handling..... gas mileage is also good.
Cons: automatic headlights
Advice: buy it.very good vehicle. power seats on both sides a real plus. paint chips very easily. first gear shift is hard at light throttle.
Pros: Side compartments
Cons: No running boards.
Advice: Drive it, you will love it, then buy it.Drives very solid. More like a Tahoe than a Silverado. Enough power to get you where you need to go, and extremly comfortable.
Pros: Roomy Passenger Area.
Advice: If you can afford itThis is probibly the most stout vehicle that I have ever driven. The handeling is GREAT, and the new design is AWESOME.
Pros: value retention
Cons: fuel economy
Advice: toyota has never had a recallThe Tundra had more pep than Ford or Chevy(this with Toyota having less horsepower).Tundra SR5 Access Cab 4x4 had better handling than comparable Chevys or Fords.The Tundra cost less than equally equiped Chevys and Fords.