Ford Rangers

while at a Ford dealer (just looking), i looked art a $ 29,000+ Ranger. it still had the anemic 4.0 gas guzzeling engine with a torgue of about 236 lbs.ft. it is a 4x2 and did not have much better milage than a 5.0 F 150. there are others like me who like the smaller Ranger. with that said.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------we have looked at a full size with the EcoBoost 3.5 V6. sports 420 lbs.ft of torque. pretty potent. now take a Ranger FX4, put in the 3.5L Ecoboost at full power, appropiate auto tranny. add a floor shift and the doors like the F-150 and F-250. larger exhaust and a 4door. i believe you would have a winner. this is not for commercial use, but everyday use, plus we have to take a large load or pull a medium trailer with a lawn tractor, etc. right now we are seeing Toyota Tacomas steeling the spotlight. their 4.0L V6 has a much horsepower as the Ranger has torque. so why should they have all the fun. i believe the potential is there, i know i would buy one. Joe
Juston Preble 10/06/2011
I just think the Ranger needs the 2.0 EcoBoost, and a single cab Step Side. I miss my 1996 Ranger Splash. That truck today with the new 2.0 EcoBoost would rock. The power would be amazing and the economy would be high 20's and low 30's...
Joseph Senko 09/22/2011
thats too bad, they are well used in this part of NC, the Tacoma and the Chevy/GMC's are slowly pulling away. the F Series are a beautiful design but can be cost prohibitive if one wants anything in them.
T Craig-P71CV 09/20/2011
It would be a good idea but Ford plans on scrapping the Ranger soon anyway so they have no intentions of putting in a smaller engine. They did the same with the Crown Victoria. Ford knew for several years that they were going to kill off the Crown Victoria so there was no insentive for them to redesign the car or even put in a more fuel efficient engine while it was still in production. It appears that Ford is doing the same with the Ranger. Why make it more fuel efficient when they are only going to kill it off next year anyway? Ford seems to be bad with that. When they decide to end production of a vehicle they don't bother with any upgrades even though the car or truck may be around for 2, 3 or 4 more years. They just run them until the end of their production life and then axe them. Like the Crown Victoria, the Ranger is a good vehicle but Ford would rather axe them than redesign, improve, or make them more fuel efficient for the remainder of their production life. Ford knew as far back as 2005 or 2006 that they were going to scrap the CV and Ranger, but in the meantime they could have made them more fuel efficient if they wanted to, but I think it was easier to abandon them than redesign a more fuel efficient engine for them. Although Ford has completely rejected the Crown Victoria I hope they will eventually come to their senses and come up with a new Ranger, but I don't think that will happen as they are more focused on the more profitable full size F150 and the other F series pick up trucks.
Michael Sakiewicz 09/18/2011
Love the idea but Ford hasn't made a FX4 Ranger since the 09 model year and the 2011 model year is the last year for the Ranger and Ford hasn't announced a replacement for it yet.