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zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:15 PM
Because it is one wonderful truck ( at least to me).Mine is serving its 7th year of landscaping,plowing and personal driving. And it is still running good.Just normal truck maintenance.It has a lot of uses and a lot of loyal customers.SO Why ford is not advertising for this truck which is super cheap to buy ,maintain and insure.
All the pictures are off lawnsite,plowsite and other Internet sites.If any of the trucks is yours just point it out.

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:17 PM
Here are more ford uses

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:20 PM
More uses of the ranger

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:23 PM
People do crazy and smart things with this truck

AI Inc
03-14-2008, 05:25 PM
Because they are too stupid to realize they need to stay current. They are looking at sales when gas was pre $3 a gal. Just like in the 70,s the big 3 were behind the times and lost market share to vihicles that can get decent milage. I like my 08 Ranger and was considering buying another 1 next yr.

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:31 PM
As you can see,this truck can be a personal vehicle,tow,plow,police truck,patrol truck, ambulance,home for some people (may be for a very very short time I guess),hauling,camping... So,I hope ford would change its mind and keep the St. paul factory running because it is the only plant that is building this truck.IT is one of ford's most efficient plants too,and a lotta workers will loose thier jobs when the projected closing time arrives(2009).

Military Lawns
03-14-2008, 05:45 PM
Wow! Die Hard Ford Ranger fan!

Carolina Cuts
03-14-2008, 05:49 PM
geeez, I hope the grass starts growing soon in your area, cause that's alot of pictures you went hunting for.... :laugh:

btw... you're Ranger looks good set up like that.... smart too with gas the way it is...

KS_Grasscutter
03-14-2008, 05:51 PM
Wow, what, they are discontinuing the Ranger?

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:57 PM
I wish it was mine though.Here is my truck.
The white Ram2500 in this picture is for a friend of mine.I like that truck too,I wish I had one also ,well (any 2500, 250 ) but with gas prices this high and going even higher,I have to work with my ranger maybe another year or so till I save for a fullsize,then the ranger would be the backup. I do more residential plowing than my friend within the same time frame.When it comes to mowing, my setup is excellent (see signature) for the weight handling.I don't have pictures for the setup.But soon when all is out of storage,Ill post some

zmowingmaster
03-14-2008, 05:59 PM
here is my truck http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=88458
this thing stopped working

lawnkingforever
03-14-2008, 06:05 PM
I have 02 Ranger 4X4 xcab, 4.0. It serves my needs perfectly. Pulls my trailer pretty easily and gets decent gas mileage. Instead of phasing it out they should be improving on it. Toyota redid the Tacoma in 05 and I seem to be seeing more of these trucks on the road now, more than ever.

HenryB
03-14-2008, 07:14 PM
I'd heard they are making a compact 4 cylinder diesel to replace the Ranger.

Willofalltrades
03-14-2008, 07:18 PM
They are going to make something better... compact pick-ups aren't dead yet

Lawn Enforcer
03-14-2008, 07:50 PM
I am a big time Dodge fan, but I really like the Rangers. They are good trucks, get good mileage, have pretty good towing capacity, etc. If you don't need to haul a T300, I think they are great trucks! I never hear bad things about the Ranger.

MTR999
03-15-2008, 03:00 AM
199 k and strong, 24-25 mpg! grocery, movies, mowing, towing, errands, estimate, repair job, beaches, etc. 24/7.

MTR999
03-15-2008, 03:13 AM
Trust me Ford must have new generation of Ranger coming out. If you step outside the USA for once especially going to Asia, you will be shocked to see how popular compact pickup truck is! Thailand (20 people cramped into this truck for public transport), Malaysia, Indonesia, and now all Vietnam, and Cambodia, especially Australia and New Zealand. 2.3 or 3.0 engine size are the most popular. You don't see F150 or big v8 -1500, 2500 HD trucks running all you see is compact pickups..very ubiquitous. Only in the United States sell F150 or Tundra, Silverado, etc, the rest of the world ride on compact Tacoma, Ranger, Frontier and other pickups!!! Try flying out and see the rest of the world.

GravelyNut
03-15-2008, 08:22 AM
Trust me Ford must have new generation of Ranger coming out. If you step outside the USA for once especially going to Asia, you will be shocked to see how popular compact pickup truck is! Thailand (20 people cramped into this truck for public transport), Malaysia, Indonesia, and now all Vietnam, and Cambodia, especially Australia and New Zealand. 2.3 or 3.0 engine size are the most popular. You don't see F150 or big v8 -1500, 2500 HD trucks running all you see is compact pickups..very ubiquitous. Only in the United States sell F150 or Tundra, Silverado, etc, the rest of the world ride on compact Tacoma, Ranger, Frontier and other pickups!!! Try flying out and see the rest of the world.

One of the reasons for smaller vehicles in those places is that the roads are narrow also. Or congestion is a big problem. One of the interesting trucks you used to see in Japan was a 3 wheeler. Great for hauling a trailer ( mini semi ) thru the narrow streets and alleys of Tokyo and Yokohama.

AI Inc
03-15-2008, 08:47 AM
Keep in mind even thou we ***** about gas prices we still are paying about 1/2 of what most of the world pays for it.

MTR999
03-15-2008, 01:00 PM
Keep in mind even thou we ***** about gas prices we still are paying about 1/2 of what most of the world pays for it.

not too long though, can you see any sign that it will come down from $3 + range, serious doubt, as matter of fact, right now many people who used to have v8 1500 or 2500 for "personal use" are trying to sell, trade and to get compact truck or smaller. It hurts when every three days you blow $110 for gas, and anybody who loves deisel please go ahead @ $3.80+/gal most expensive in my town.

TheBossHEMI
03-15-2008, 08:38 PM
Sorry if this is someone's truck, but that Ranger with a Mustang front end.................. I don't think so!

TXNSLighting
03-16-2008, 12:21 AM
Rangers are great trucks. I havent heard but maybe 1 person in my entire life complain about one. Ill be getting a couple for sales people. And service for lighting. Just cant beat one.

Petr51488
03-16-2008, 01:34 AM
not too long though, can you see any sign that it will come down from $3 + range, serious doubt, as matter of fact, right now many people who used to have v8 1500 or 2500 for "personal use" are trying to sell, trade and to get compact truck or smaller. It hurts when every three days you blow $110 for gas, and anybody who loves deisel please go ahead @ $3.80+/gal most expensive in my town.

Time to update the diesel price. I've seen 3.99 to 4.19 around here. This country is going down the tubes....

PlatinumLandCon
03-16-2008, 03:58 PM
Time to update the diesel price. I've seen 3.99 to 4.19 around here. This country is going down the tubes....

If you work it into gallons and USD, we pay about $4.75/gal for diesel!!!:hammerhead::hammerhead::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:

Petr51488
03-16-2008, 04:34 PM
If you work it into gallons and USD, we pay about $4.75/gal for diesel!!!:hammerhead::hammerhead::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:

Yea, but you have allways been paying those prices. Our country and yours work differently tax wise.

zmowingmaster
03-17-2008, 12:19 AM
I would not mind having the ranger that ford builds in Asia and Europe.At least they have diesel and dump bed for this kind of truck

TXNSLighting
03-17-2008, 09:45 AM
I was reading in diesel power magazine last night that ford still makes the fiesta in europe. it looks pretty cloe to an old focus and is quite nice. The very nice part is it can go 0-60 in just 11 sec, and gets 72 mpg on the highway! Its supposed to come to the states for the 09 model year with the same diesel mile per gallon rating. how nice would that be! O yeh my point is the ranger is suppose to get the diesel engine very similar to the one in this fiesta. Get about 50 mpg highway. That would sell so very well! Id have to get one.

MTR999
03-17-2008, 03:47 PM
Here is 2.3 L, 5 spd in action....1994 baby...200k

Blueribbonlawns
03-17-2008, 04:31 PM
Well as of today i sold my (ranger) Mazda B4000 I loved it but my parents made me sell it because i got my duramax and we are going to use the money to buy some toyo M55's and a camper shell for it, but that truck was awesome it was my first truck and i am sad to see it go:cry:

gandk06
03-17-2008, 06:55 PM
I was reading in diesel power magazine last night that ford still makes the fiesta in europe. it looks pretty cloe to an old focus and is quite nice. The very nice part is it can go 0-60 in just 11 sec, and gets 72 mpg on the highway! Its supposed to come to the states for the 09 model year with the same diesel mile per gallon rating. how nice would that be! O yeh my point is the ranger is suppose to get the diesel engine very similar to the one in this fiesta. Get about 50 mpg highway. That would sell so very well! Id have to get one.

If they were to make the ranger in a quad cab model I would be the first in line to buy one with that type of milage. I have no real need for a large HD truck. I bought the dakota because of the 4 doors but the milage sucks. I would love a (usable) small truck with great milage.

Petr51488
03-17-2008, 07:05 PM
Every car company is comming out with diesel within the next few years. You think anyone's going to buy them when diesel is over 4 bucks a gallon??

gandk06
03-17-2008, 07:14 PM
If the milage will be as good as they claim, people will.

mc24034
03-17-2008, 09:12 PM
The first picture in this thread, does anyone know where you can get the dovetail beds for the back of trucks? Ive been debating getting a tailgate ramp but Id rather have a 12ft bed on my truck. Although not the truck listed in my signature.

markzrt1
03-18-2008, 08:50 AM
How would a 2001 reg cab 2 wheel drive be? 101,000 miles, a/c, 3.0 v6. What kind of gas mileage? any problems?

Jay Ray
03-18-2008, 10:21 AM
Local retired oil professional here, Grady Ford, has probably moved more wholesale gasoline here than anyone else, was interviewed on WLOX 13 last weekend. Said crude was going to $110 in the summer and 110 crude equates to $4.25 regular gasoline here. Mr. Edsel Ford should leave the Ranger on the production line even if it does have a replacement in the near future. It ain't broke, so why fix it? Or have they been recruiting out of Bear Stearns for 'smart' talent?

AI Inc
03-18-2008, 10:27 AM
Local retired oil professional here, Grady Ford, has probably moved more wholesale gasoline here than anyone else, was interviewed on WLOX 13 last weekend. Said crude was going to $110 in the summer and 110 crude equates to $4.25 regular gasoline here. Mr. Edsel Ford should leave the Ranger on the production line even if it does have a replacement in the near future. It ain't broke, so why fix it? Or have they been recruiting out of Bear Stearns for 'smart' talent?

They dont seem to possess the ability to look into the future.

Capemay Eagle
03-19-2008, 01:10 AM
I would not mind having the ranger that ford builds in Asia and Europe.At least they have diesel and dump bed for this kind of truckFord is supposed to drop the Ranger name and rename it the F-100. Australia seems to already have the model for sale. They all come with a small diesel.

Ford Ranger link
http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/ContentServer?cid=1163397392649&pagename=Page&c=DFYPage

mklawnman
03-19-2008, 01:16 AM
Had a 98 Ranger 4x4 that pulled my Turf Tiger and a WB on a trailer, was the truck that started my business. Loved that thing, so after I put my F150 into the biz i bought another one a 04 4x4 for a personal truck. Love the size of it, and it just seems like its a Mini me of the f150. My dad has gone threw 2 of them a 1991 with 180,000miles and now has a 2001 with 162,000. Just tough trucks, pull great and have had Zero problems.
They better come out with something and not discontinue it. Been reliable for over 20 years.
Matt

TXNSLighting
03-19-2008, 09:56 AM
Local retired oil professional here, Grady Ford, has probably moved more wholesale gasoline here than anyone else, was interviewed on WLOX 13 last weekend. Said crude was going to $110 in the summer and 110 crude equates to $4.25 regular gasoline here. Mr. Edsel Ford should leave the Ranger on the production line even if it does have a replacement in the near future. It ain't broke, so why fix it? Or have they been recruiting out of Bear Stearns for 'smart' talent?

it already is 112 a barrell... and gas is 1.15

MTR999
03-21-2008, 02:18 AM
here at Shell station in my town....look at Diesel on bottom row!

LindblomRJ
03-21-2008, 02:53 AM
here at Shell station in my town....look at Diesel on bottom row!

That is the close to the same as fuel here.