Originally Posted by lifted97ranger
they did the extended cabs so they could have 4 doors....
1998-2006 Ford Ranger: Highlights
Best-selling of the compact pickups, the Ford Ranger was reworked for 1998, again similar to Mazda's B-Series. The next-generation Ranger got a larger regular cab
, a revamped 4-wheel-drive system, and a bigger (2.5-liter) standard engine. Adding three inches to the regular cab
allowed an extra inch of rearward seat travel, variable backrest adjustment, and more storage space behind the seat.
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