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STRINGALATION
07-24-2007, 10:09 AM
just over paid off jeep cherokee 92 hate taking mowers off trailer for landscaping.
i am fascinated with flat beds but feel if i get a used flat for around 1500 i need to keep my jeep. but if i get a pick up i can get rid of the jeep. jeep is not pretty outside or inside. the idea of driving around all day in the flat when not working or doing estimates seems gas consuming and cumbersome to park and what not.
also is the ranger a good work truck it looks weak to me
any .02 is welcome and budget is a major factor i do not like the idea of a new car note

topsites
07-24-2007, 10:24 AM
Well I have a D-2500 slt laramie long bed club cab with teh 5.9 litre Magnum v-8, it gets a great 10mpg solid, sometimes almost 11!

So I use my pov for estimates and such, the ranger's not much stronger, I prefer using a car for the knick knack stuff.

lawnboy dan
07-24-2007, 01:55 PM
i had a 4 cycl ranger for 2 yrs. was a good work truck. a tough little truck

mike lane lawn care
07-24-2007, 02:32 PM
i like my truck with the 4.3 V6, 13-14 towing, and 16 unhooked. it's a GMC 1500 1/2 ton.

mike33087
07-24-2007, 10:03 PM
i like my truck with the 4.3 V6, 13-14 towing, and 16 unhooked. it's a GMC 1500 1/2 ton.

dude not to be a dick (for a change lol) but i have an 03 chevy 2500 hd with the 6.0 v8 that gets pretty much the same numbers?!?!?

mike lane lawn care
07-24-2007, 10:42 PM
dude not to be a dick (for a change lol) but i have an 03 chevy 2500 hd with the 6.0 v8 that gets pretty much the same numbers?!?!?

my friend's old 2500hd had the same setup, and the same mileage, it has to do with horsepower to weight, a a V6 is kind of underpowered for continued towing, so it stresses the engine more, using more fuel. the bigger engine has to work less hard, using less fuel.

MTR999
07-25-2007, 05:13 AM
just over paid off jeep cherokee 92 hate taking mowers off trailer for landscaping.
i am fascinated with flat beds but feel if i get a used flat for around 1500 i need to keep my jeep. but if i get a pick up i can get rid of the jeep. jeep is not pretty outside or inside. the idea of driving around all day in the flat when not working or doing estimates seems gas consuming and cumbersome to park and what not.
also is the ranger a good work truck it looks weak to me
any .02 is welcome and budget is a major factor i do not like the idea of a new car note

If you pulling 1000-1200# with 5x8 trailer, the Ranger 2.3L is fine with that they handle well, save on gas big time. They are so EASY to fix, everything is pretty basic (manual shift) that you can pretty much maintain yourself, like $39 brake pads that you can do it yourself, etc. To this day, I know few people who still use that '94 2.3L hauling their one Z and 2cycle stuff to make a living. They never die on you.

Accu-cut Lawn Care
07-26-2007, 11:32 AM
Back in the day, I had a 2.3 '94 Ranger. I used it to haul dirtbikes around and what not. Man, that truck was weak...and was always having electrical(egr system) problems. To me, it seemed way underpowered compared to other 4 banger trucks.

mikes landscaping
07-26-2007, 04:57 PM
i have a 99 ranger with the 3.0 stick and i get 31mpg to a gallon

STRINGALATION
07-26-2007, 08:37 PM
i think i am favoring the flat bed. earlier this year needed 2 pallets of sod they would not deliver and my trailor cannot hold it flat bed would have been great

MTR999
07-28-2007, 02:46 AM
i have a 99 ranger with the 3.0 stick and i get 31mpg to a gallon


There is no way the 3.0 will do 31 mpg, a v 6? The current 2.3L of 2007 model is max @ 29 mpg, the spec for 3.0 say 22 or 23 possible but not 31. I think you did typo...or not saying for real.

jbone
07-28-2007, 08:09 AM
dude not to be a dick (for a change lol) but i have an 03 chevy 2500 hd with the 6.0 v8 that gets pretty much the same numbers?!?!?

Same here but I have an 8.1!!!:laugh: