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The ranger is like living in the past and I liked the past. The new Ranger Edge was all the rage with the commercials of it pulling jet skis through the mud, I just graduated high school and getting alcohol was a thrilling challenge.

I will keep my loud truck like ranger until the wheels fall off, then I will just put them back on and keep on going.
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I will keep my loud truck like ranger until the wheels fall off, then I will just put them back on and keep on going.
I agree with you on that!
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Consumer Reports? Seriously? These are the same people who will slam a car for not having enough cup holders/ storage bins! It's like asking your Amish neighbor which laptop you should buy !
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Honda ridgeline was "truck of the year" for 2005 or some year close to that.So that tells you how smart these people at Consumer reports are.
also, most people who drive a ranger (at least in the northern states in the winter like the rubber floor. Loud Cabin? did the reviewer have the stereo cranked?
the reviewer most likely drives a Honda Element- those "mini me" type bread trucks.
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I love my little Rangers and coming up from my 04 that had power norhing, a manual trans and a 3.0L, my new 09 feels MUCH more luxurious. It even has a tilt wheel and cruise. I didnt notice that big a difference in between the carpeted and rubber floor models though. I did put extra sound deadening under the carpet of my old truck, but at least stock to stock i didnt see a big deal.

I do agree, its an ancient platform that needed a replacement 10 years ago.
Fuel economy isnt THAT bad. i got 18.3mpg out of my last tank, its been improving as im putting on more miles. ( i have around 2,500 on it now). I doubt a Tacoma will get any better. (yeah i know it has more power.... that would be nice)
Fit and finish IS poor. Lets not lie to ourselves on this one. I have casting flash on my door panels thats visible and it was like this on both of the Rangers ive owned. It doesnt bother me much but its there and looks bad.

There have been positive reviews about the Ranger. Most noteably is from a site i hate for its anti Ford stance most of the time. But basically they said its the last honest truck out there. -

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Honda ridgeline was "truck of the year" for 2005 or some year close to that.So that tells you how smart these people at Consumer reports are.
Consumer Reports doesn't have a "Truck of the Year" award, but I get what you're saying. It is their number one rated truck and has been since it was introduced. It would be better qualified for the "Crossover of the Year" award instead. It's simply not a truck. It's a car-based SUV with a pickup-style bed instead of an enclosed cargo area.

The Ridgeline's exhaust goes UNDER (yes, UNDER) the rear axle to accommodate the in-bed trunk, meaning that it can't go anywhere off road whatsoever except maybe some smooth sand at the beach. The first log or rock you have to cross over and the exhaust is torn right off of its flimsy rubber bushing...I've seen this happen before and the repair bill is not pretty. It's strictly an on-road, all wheel drive crossover. It's probably great for driving on snow and ice, but it's not a pickup truck. A Subaru Legacy is great on snow and ice too...and its not a truck, either.
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uncomfortable sears!? ha! i missed that

More like some of the most comfortable seats. IMO
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I heard that Tundra's and Tacoma's have a real bad problem with thier frames rusting out, I wonder if CR knows about that ??
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I heard that Tundra's and Tacoma's have a real bad problem with thier frames rusting out, I wonder if CR knows about that ??
They probably dont care cause the tundra/tacoma has a lot of cupholders! lol
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Well id like to agree with yall on seeing 3x more rangers than anything else, but I live in San Antonio. And in the past few years San Antonio = One of Toyota's largest truck plants. So all i see are these giant Tundras all over the place. You want to lose the truck feel? Buy a new tundra. Those things are just big 4x4 luxury cars. I normally glance through CR when Im getting a hair cut and can agree most of the time about what they are reviewing. But this is total BS! I wanna know how the guy who wrote this can look at himself in a mirror and say "A real truck shouldnt feel like one" with a straight face.
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Wow, if they complained about the Ranger's ride being rough... they would give my truck a worse review.

I honestly miss the comforts of my Ranger. My F250 has comforts, but the Ranger was just... well a good solid vehicle. In fact, since my old man took it over, he's been looking to get one for my 14 yr old sister when she starts driving.

I'll own another Ranger eventually, shoot I may end up owning one as a trail truck, but still own one. They're solid trucks for what they are
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God, Ford is really ****ing stupid if they trash the Ranger. Update the som *****, give more cab and motor options(desiel!), give it all the packages and **** the F150 has, and boom, you got yourself a money maker.

Me and my buddies were talking the other day about buying a Sport Trac, putting a Ranger fleetside bed on it and a Ranger front end and getting rid of that ugly *** roof cargo rack deal. Boom, 4 door Ranger!
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^^would that even work?!?!? That would look awesome if it did.
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I have to laugh at my ranger a little, compact truck...yet 6 cup holers !
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I have to laugh at my ranger a little, compact truck...yet 6 cup holers !
I know!! WTF is up with that?! I only have 3 seats and 6 cupholders... yet I still find myself in a drive-thru frantically trying to empty one... lol
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Jerks. I only have 2 cupholders in my truck
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The ranger is like living in the past and I liked the past. The new Ranger Edge was all the rage with the commercials of it pulling jet skis through the mud, I just graduated high school and getting alcohol was a thrilling challenge.

I will keep my loud truck like ranger until the wheels fall off, then I will just put them back on and keep on going.
HELL YEAH!!!
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I heard that Tundra's and Tacoma's have a real bad problem with thier frames rusting out, I wonder if CR knows about that ??
yeah but remember not everyone in the countrys gotta worry about that. thats all you guys up north with all the salt on the roads. i never really thought about how much damage that did to a truck till i took a closer look at afew that came from up there. so if a ranger doesnt get too rusty up north then ill never have a problem!!!
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Me and my buddies were talking the other day about buying a Sport Trac, putting a Ranger fleetside bed on it and a Ranger front end and getting rid of that ugly *** roof cargo rack deal. Boom, 4 door Ranger!
Someone needs to explorer that further.
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as far as cupholders go ...don't find they hold anything well in my 2000 except change lol
as far as truck like ride goes imo they started when ford made the 1997 f-150 in comparison to the 1- beam style front suspension, the 1997 had a very car like ride...
have thought of getting a toyota tacoma several times now ( mainly based on reports on it and it being a toyota) but imo its a ugly truck imo in comparison to the ranger
my 2000 has carpets so am sure model tested they were available
in my area see very little tacoma or colorados ( actually very rarely see these) ...mostly rangers and dakotas
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Consumer reports ftl.

Most of the things they picked on are reasons I bought my ranger. Everything else was more car like than truck like.

I enjoy the rough ride. I enjoy my rubber floor. I enjoy the road noise and my mts sound like an angelic chior to me.

My conclusion: CR = pansies who are looking for a pansy truck. I'm so happy someone still makes a real truck that satisfies my redneck tendencies.

PS the Honda ridgeline is a car. Same with the new tundra.
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PS the Honda ridgeline is a car. Same with the new tundra.
The Tundra is very much a truck...body on frame. The Ridgeline is unibody construction
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as far as cupholders go ...don't find they hold anything well in my 2000 except change lol
The ones next to me shifter have the pop-up center... I find those fit a Starbucks Venti sized drink perfectly... come to think about it... I guess that's a little old school... but it works!!
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The Rangers interior is to compact. huh? Aint the ranger the only American made compact p/u?

S-10, Sonoma are dead now, have been since like 03/

Dakota uh MID size

Colorado/ the Gmc one.....Mid size

My 04 had buckets the black with grey in the center. They were the most comfortable seats I've sat in, in a while. Try a X-cab superduty talk about uncomfortable!

My 1fiddy now seats aint nothing to write home about.

Truck ride. Uh I don't know maybe that's cuz ford's stuck on them dam torsion bars. Though I thought it rode rather well.

The ranger needs a major face lift. I would however like to see it stay a compact and not become a mid size.
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