View Full Version : Why Ford Ranger?

02-28-2008, 01:02 AM
I've noticed this A LOT. When I considered getting a smaller truck a while back, I saw that most LCOs that have a mini truck (with the flatbed/landscape bed), drive FORD RANGERS. Is there a specific reason as to why they do this? I had a Dodge Dakota, and now have a Chevy 1500 (19 years old!), but am considering a Ranger when I end up moving back to Cali.

Are there more pros than cons with the Rangers?

Another thing, what would be better on my behalf? A 2000 Ranger with 10,000 miles at $6,000, or a 2008 Ranger with 0 miles at $12,500?

02-28-2008, 01:19 AM
a guy by me bought a beat up 6 cyl stick from the vermont parks and rec division think its a 02 had to put a few hundred in

i think he paid 400 bucks.. put a plow on it and beat it soundly for a few years allready
they are actually a pretty durable machine..gets decent mileage...

02-28-2008, 06:10 AM
For new trucks, the Ranger is a lot cheaper, and has a good track record. There are many more used ones to choose from too. I work for the Region, and visit the garages, and the mechanics recommend the ranger too. I'm a Chevy guy, but for work, seem to like the fords better. With ford, new, you can delete the box too, saving some money.

02-28-2008, 11:39 AM
The Ranger is the only true compact truck available now. All the others may have compact bed payloads but are bigger, wider, burn more gas and are more expensive. IMO compacts aren't very useful in this business, but if you are going to buy one the Ranger is probably the one that makes sense.

AI Inc
02-28-2008, 11:47 AM
Rangers are cheap to buy , cheap to run . an 00 with 10k ? I would be wondering if the speedo was detatched for a while . Possibly pay$3500 for it , not much more.

02-29-2008, 12:32 AM
The 2000 was used as a backup truck for a cable-installation company. They also have 2001 with 35k miles for the same price, but I figured the 10k is like new.

I'm trying to figure it out. I have an 88 Chevy 1500 that burns gas, so I was thinking something smalled might work better for myself.


YardBoss Lawncare
02-29-2008, 01:01 AM
You can buy a 08' Ford Ranger for $12,500?????? I didnt realize they were that cheap. With a 6 cylinder??

02-29-2008, 01:16 AM
My local dealer said he can get me a 2008 Ford Ranger 4cyl Auto for just under $12,500. I wanted the 4cyl to save gas, as I wouldn't be towing with it. The equipment would be in the truck bed.

Keep in mind, that's a completely stock truck, with ONLY A/C, no power windows, no cd player, no liner, etc. But for a work truck, it's a great price.

YardBoss Lawncare
02-29-2008, 02:46 AM
With a landscape flatbed on that, how much weight could you put on it?

02-29-2008, 04:52 AM
LDH - I really don't know. Does anyone else know??

02-29-2008, 06:24 AM
Payload is 4 banger - 1260 lbs and with the 6cyl -1620 lbs This is with the regular box, but my flat deck weighed less, but not by that much. Max GVWR is 4 banger - 4380 6 cyl - 4720

02-29-2008, 06:52 AM
Are there more pros than cons with the Rangers?

Pros: Price, parts availability, very peppy 4cyl.
Cons: Smallest cab of any mini truck, dismal fuel mileage for a 4 cyl (19-21), auto trans problems recently (in our fleet).

My company buys these things for most employees due to initial purchase price. We are thinking of going with something different next time due to maint. cost being astronomical and fuel savings very modest over a decent midsize. Having said that, good luck with your purchase. If you get a good one it will serve you well for what you paid for it!

02-29-2008, 09:00 AM
I drove a Ranger for about a year. It didn't get great mileage, but it was a V6 with 4:10 rear end. It only got 16-18 mpg unloaded and about 13-14loaded. When working with it, the size was a huge issue. The beds are tiny. I would recomend a full size 1/2 ton if you are going to buy a truck. I know they work for some people, but I know it didn't work for me.

02-29-2008, 09:01 AM
You can buy a 08' Ford Ranger for $12,500?????? I didnt realize they were that cheap. With a 6 cylinder??

you can buy and f-150 for 11,900 here!! brand new!

02-29-2008, 09:03 AM
My father in law has a 2003 ranger. 5 spd. gets dam near 30 mpg on the highway. Has not had one issue with the truck. He bought just for a commuter vehicle and ended up loving it.

02-29-2008, 10:42 AM
I have a 01 2wd ranger with the 3.0 v6. it has the long bed. the only thing is that the susp. in the 2wd. is not really enough. its worked for me.


02-29-2008, 04:58 PM
I would do the cheaper ranger w/ 10k miles... why buy a new one for twice as much for basically the same truck? $6k for a ranger w/10k miles sounds like a good deal. I think rangers are a real cost effective vehicle to use for estimating, going to dinner, or something like justmowit did.

AI Inc
02-29-2008, 05:00 PM
I just bought an 08 in Dec , It will be an Irrigation service truck. Wife has been driving it since dec . I dont think ive put $150 in fuel in it yet.

02-29-2008, 08:18 PM
I am a part-time LCO and my 02 Ranger fits my needs. It has 4.0 6cyl. and 5 speed. It pulls my 5x8 trailer with ease-36"WB, pushmowers ect. It is an extended cab, paid 10,200$ for it last year. Although most guys need a bigger truck, I will never buy one, because I have no need for one or the gas mileage that comes with it. I was going to buy a Tacoma, but they are too expensive, but they will run forever. I have a Corolla with 200,000 miles on it.

03-01-2008, 11:06 AM
I'm in the market for a new truck also...have been doing LOTS of research...I love the new Colorado's with the 5 cylinder...however, all of these smaller trucks get the same mpg as the full size 1/2 tons!! A Silverado is listed at 20 mpg and so is the Colorado...the fords are the same way somewhat...the full size ford gets 17 mpg and a Ranger with the V6 gets the same. Now......put a trailer or load on these and the gas mileage for the smaller trucks is much weaker than the full size do to the lack of horsepower...DO NOT GET THE 4 BANGER RANGER AND PULL ANYTHING, IT IS VERY, VERY WEAK. Gets great mpg on the highway with the 5 speed, put stuggles pulling a very small trailer with one dirtbike on it...I think I'm leaning toward a 1/2 ton Chevy or GMC full size...........please, buy american!:usflag:

03-01-2008, 12:41 PM
I would lean more towards the chev 1500 or ford 150. Fuel is about the same. the 1/2 tons have a v6 and a bigger bed. they drive about the same and have a bigger pay load. the price for a 1/2 ton here is about 1000-1500 lower than the ranger or colarado and way lower than the tacoma's.
We just got rid of our 2 half tons and upgraded to 3/4 tons with dump inserts. 1/2 tons could not handle the spring debris load and fall leafs. too many trips to the dump with the 1/2 tons. good luck.

03-02-2008, 09:47 AM
hello wait till the diesel comes out or go to either south america or i suspect canada and buy a diesel . working towing 4000lbs 18, high way 24 mpg .

This model is generally refered to as the ""global ranger "".

Typically in australia the Ranger has replaced the F Truck series so who could guess at what ford are up to ???

An alternative is to wait for the F Truck with a diesel in the F150 range due 08, 09.


03-02-2008, 03:40 PM
My ranger was one of the best trucks I ever had. Only buy a ranger with a 4 banger. Only buy one with a standard transmission. If you need more power than that, a ranger isn't for you. I had a 2000 ranger that was flawless in 5 yrs of ownership and 120,000 miles. Pulling a heavily loaded 6x12 (2500lbs) it never got less than 17mpg. A few times I got over 24mpg on the highway. These trucks don't have enough power to tear up the tranny no matter what you pull. Don't need to buy one new. There are many to be found for $4000 range and are ultra reliable even at 100k miles.