I have a 1989 Ford Ranger extended cab 4×2 with the 2.9L engine and 5spd transmission, and it just rolled over the 200,000 mile mark, and it still runs and drives as good as a new one!! I was a sales consultant for Keller Bros. Ford of Lititz, Pa in 2003, and the original owner traded it in on a new car. It had @ 114,000 miles on it at that time. I latched on to this truck right away and showed it to my oldest son, who had just graduated from the US Naval Academy, and was in need of a vehicle. I showed it to him and he said, “see how much they want for it”, and so he became the proud 2nd owner of this truck. He kept it for 5 years, putting @ 60,000 miles on it without any problems. Then he passed it on to me, (of which I was glad to have it), and now I have had it for @ 2-1/2 yrs. It needs a paint job now, but it is still a great truck. I use it to pull a horse trailer, haul fire wood, and a daily 70 miles to work, averaging about 26 – 27 MPG. I have another son, who also had a 1991 Ranger with the 2.3L 4 Cyl. engine in it and a 5 spd trans., (Manual transmissions are getting hard to find in trucks) and he worked it like it was an F150, hauling two Belgium draft horses in trailer behind it. (he could have used a granny low 1st gear!). All that just to say, the Ford Rangers are one tough mid sized truck, but still nice enough to take your girl around in. I just can’t believe Ford it discontinuing the Ranger! I realize the Mustangs are taking the show right now, and I have to agree, because my wife and daughter have almost identical 1994 Mustangs, 3.8L V6 engines, one has a 5spd, and the other an auto Trans. My wife and I bought a 1970 Mustang as our first car after being married, and we kept it for about 5 years till our young family out grew it, (wish I still had it too!) then we upgraded to a 1968 Custom 500 Ranch Wagon, which we could load aunt and cousins in too. I could go on to tell of other great Ford cars in my history, but I will save those for another time.
Thanks to all the hard working people at FORD Motor Company for all the GREAT cars and trucks, Oh, did I mention the BIG TRUCKS?!!!………..later….