Life With A Ranger

In April of 1999 I bought this pick-up from my local Ford dealer. I never dreamed that after 13 1/2 years I would still be driving this truck. Almost each of each week I was driving this truck either on my round trip of 110 miles a day back and forth to work or hauling fire wood or hauling timber to be cut and split for fire wood. Hauling almost anything you could think of and/or pulling a 10 foot utility trailer with whatever. It didn’t matter what I thought I could do with this truck it could take it and ask for more. With regular and routine maintenace this great truck never backed down, it was dependable and durable.
At the time I bought my last set of tires the people at the tire store were truly surprized that I had 312,000 miles on the truck with the OEM engine.
My goal for this truck was to achive 500,000 miles on it but saldy last week the engine decided it had gone far enough and decided that 388,450 miles was enough and it was time to quit.
I still have the truck in the yard, waiting on me to make a decision on what to do next.
The body is still in great condition for a 14 year old truck, interior is in new condition except for being a little dirty. Everthing still works just the engine got tired and decided to quit. But I can’t complain, I feel like I got my monies worth and a lot more from this great truck.
Any body have any suggestions?
Nelson Nee

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Let's all pray real hard that Ford brings the Ranger back very soon!!!!   It's new-truck time for me, yet there's nothing to buy if there are no new Rangers.   C'mon, Ford, be a sport!   We want our trucks back. 
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Fig hopefully nelson, you decided to keep it. My Ranger is 19 yrs/old in August and with 300,000 miles on the original motor, it is more like one of the family.
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xavier king hey buddy do yourself a favor and get a reman motor and keep on driving that wonderful american made product. Ford the best and never the rest
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The F-150 is too damn big; especially for those of us living in larger citys like Southern California.  It is a complete bear to park; I've got a 96 explorer which need to be replaced; preferably with a truck.  Sadly the discontinutation of your Ranger line has me looking at the Toyota Tacoma which has essentially remained unchanged in terms of engine or trans technology since 2005.  A V6 4x4 Access Cab Tacoma, while the perfect size for us city dwellers gets 16 City/ 19 Hwy mpg. That's at a curb weight of 4,100 lbs. An F1-150 4x4 with ecoboost gets 15 City / 21 Hwy mpg. Despite a curb weight of 5,600 lb A 2011 4wd Supercab Ranger had a curb weight of 3,700 lb.  That's 2000 less than the F-150. If you revived the Ranger line, sticking in it the f-150 innovations (Eco-boost, 6 speed trans); You would have a 4x4 truck that could be pulling 25 City/30 Hwy Mpg and could out-haul the current F150. I undestand all of the reasons why you left the small/mid size truck market;  It's dwindling, the plant closed, the F-150 is everything the Ranger is an more.  But a 4x4 truck that can pullover 25mpg on gasoline is something significant and would beat the heck out of anything coming out of Toyota.  In 2011 you sold 70k rangers to 110k Tacoma's In 2012 you sold 19k Rnagers to 141k Tacomas It's in-arguable that the decision to stop producing the ranger has allowed some market share to be absorbed by Toyota. I'm no expert, but all the new F-150 tech in a slightly smaller package would result in what's probably the best small truck on the market. As it stands, I am seriously considering getting a eco-boost crate motor and new trans and sticking it in a old F-100 body.  That gets me a small truck with phenominal gas mileage that can likely out tow the current F-150 while still being able to park in a big city. I'd love to buy a new Ford; you guys are on the bleeding edge of technology.  But the package it's in (The F-150) is just too damn big to be functional in city life.  Short of Reviving the ranger, my only option is to take the new tech and stuff it in an old shell.  Thanks for reading.
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