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i like my 2007 fx4 off road ranger. built tuff..
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wow, another old thread resurrected that didn't need to be.
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I want a new 4 door taco!
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I want a Brazilian Ranger!!!! It's not North American, but it's still American!!!!
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arnt the new toyota's made in usa now?..i think if u buy a old toyota like in the 80's it wont hurt the american economy because it was already bought and paid for and isnt worth **** anymore really..whatever truck or car i end up buying next wont get as much love as my ranger does
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I know Toyota has a truck plant somewhere in Texas a big one. I like the OLD toyotas with the solid front axles
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I know Toyota has a truck plant somewhere in Texas a big one. I like the OLD toyotas with the solid front axles
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Its outside San Antonio I think . BTW this is an old thread and a constant reminder why half the poeple posting in it are now banned members why do people insist on bringing up this toyota vs ford debate .
Me personally I liked the looks of the new supercrew 4x4 Taco wen to test drive one and pulled over half way through and told the sales guy to drive this POS back to a real truck namely mine , It was uncomfertable it lacked power and felt like crap .
Me I hated my ranger when it was forced upon me now I love namely because of this site and the people on it now I have these reacuring dreams of my ranger to a 5.0
1354M SaS on 37s or nightmares from a finacial standpoint .

But Like most people if ford does not listen to thier customer base on the F150 it will have the same fate as the Ranger . I say this because honestly it looks as ford is dropping all its capitol into the F150 replacing the Ranger I see it in the advertising changes now here in Texas were untill last year the Ranger was the most popular truck sold Here now its the F150 .

But like all you I hope they come out with something better ...
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If it looks good and runs, I'll drive it. I'm not a slave to brand names or to certain companies. I don't care where a vehicle is made either.
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If it drives, ill take it.
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this is to country 346, i am not trying to start anything but how can you say a newer tacoma felt under powered? they have a 245 hp v6.and even if it was a 4cyl, the new 4 cylinder makes more horsepower than my old 3.0 ranger did. i have driven the new tacoma, and it is ridiculously fast for a truck. the dohc causes there powerbands to kick in around 2500, but they are by no means at all powerless. we have a 04 4runner with the 4.0 v6(same as the new tacoma) and it pulls our 4 place snowmobile trailer loaded with 4 sleds amazing.


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Its all preference really. all trucks do the same s***. they all have there pros and cons and i dont see the point of hating on what someone else has.

I do agree, however, to people how come on and bash rangers especially if you on a damn import. do the world a favor and take off that shiny fart can and put the stock muffler back on. I dont see the point of paying to make ur 4 banger sound like a pissed off weed eater!!!! no one wants to hear how fast ur sewing machine can stitch.
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i've got to say, it's all preference. yota's back in the day were good. i haven't looked that way for the new stuff so i don't know how i'd rate them.
as for quality, some cars are built on a monday, some on a friday. how do you feel on those days? my bud's got a colorado and has gone through 7 blower motors, the locks or windows on the driver or passeneger had to be repalced and the change oil light stayed on after it was done. his truck was the first year of it's model. should these things have happened? not on a $30,000 truck. mine is the first new vehicle i've bought. i've had a used bronk that got beat on. for the abuse i gave it, it faired well. i've had a dynasty. again, the trans go in those cars, mine has 270,000 (gave it to my rents as a beater for his 05 stang gt). the last car i had/have is a 91 golf. 300,200 kms. still runs good. the only reason i'm getting rid of it is cuz, i'm making good money and am able to get my truck. someone posted that all dealers are independant. this is true. i went to three dealers, one the sales guy asked me my name after seeing me 6months later. the other one, service was good. i talked to the sales guy for an hour. i bought my truck from the third dealer since my uncle and grandmother delt with him. my stepdad bought is stang from this dealer and his sales guy remembered him from 3 years ago.
where i'm going with this is, quality is one thing. but as an independant dealer, you've got to make an impression since as a customer, you are who i will be dealing with.
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I'm not a slave to brand names or to certain companies. I don't care where a vehicle is made either.
Well of course you aren't, none of them are Canadian, and very few of them are made in Canada. I am not being a dick either, just simply stating.
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i like the big 3 but i prefer ford.
i love my ranger
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If it looks good and runs, I'll drive it. I'm not a slave to brand names or to certain companies. I don't care where a vehicle is made either.
Damn right!
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Sorry, but your agreeably with that statement just proves why our country is going to hell in a hand basket...
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Toyota supports my brother and his family THAT LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES so I support Toyota. Your Jeep was a member of the DaimlerChrysler corporation WHICH is a GERMAN CAR CORPORATION. So in terms you owning a jeep just proves why our country is going to hell in a hand basket. See I OWN a vehicle with where the profits go to and AMERICAN company not a GERMAN company
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Andy, I don't want to argue with you, but my jeep was bought used, so it really doesn't matter....
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that is a good argument also. spend the money on the companies that spend money on us. there are bumper stickers in my area (not sure about others) that say "out of a job? keep buyig foreign". i feel this sloga is wrong and very contradictive. as someone stated. profits from ford stay here. profits from toyotas go back to japan. true. back in the 80's when the japanese started to sell in our markets, there was a slogan that i believe dodge used. "buy the car your neighbour builds"
this is the way it should still be. you guys say there is a toyota plat in texas. i'm guessing some or all of you know people who work there. in that case, you should buy toyotas. even though it's not right to some of you. it's helping your economy. if this was the case, i'd either have to buy a dodge caravan, chevy cobalt or any ford car/truck with 4.0, 4.6, 5.4 or v10. i chose the ranger. i've got family that works at an engine plant. i'm staying loyal and helping my economy. i could have bought another vehicle but i knew that the ranger was a great vehicle that has an excellent history. not to mention i got family pricing that saved me $2000.
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Funny, but on the road i dont seem to care what people are driving.
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Wow, I can't believe I read this entire thread

I am old enough to be a father to most here...maybe a grandpa to some, so I have driven and owned lots of vehicles from lots of makers. With all of this experience I have come to one undeniable conclusion: every darn one of them breaks!

One of the most reliable vehicles I ever owned was a Pinto...yup the kind that blew up! It was my first new car. I put 39,000 miles on it in three years and spent $5 in repairs (I slammed the door with the window down and the crank hit my knee and broke). I traded it on a front wheel drive Dodge 024 coupe...then the wife got pregnant so it has been four doors ever since.

The worst POS I ever had was another Ford...a Granada. It looked great, but was the most unreliable car I ever had. It soured me on Fords for a long time.

When I decided to reduce the size of my fleet, I began researching small pickups. I had no preference at the time. I was just looking for the most reliable and most comfortable small 4x4 truck that got reasonable mileage. I wanted a small truck because I am only 5"9" and I don't really need a big truck anymore. I do miss the Cummins in my Dodge 2500, but since I sold the 5th wheel and diesel prices are through the roof, I don't need it. Anyway, what I found was that there is very little difference in terms of gas mileage with any 4x4 of any brand or national origin.

Since the mileage was a push, I looked at reliability and comfort. Through numerous sites like this one, several driver review sites (real people, not professional reviewers), and talking to owners of small trucks, I narrowed my search down to two trucks that appeared to be the best small trucks currently available: the Toyota Tacoma and the Ford Ranger.

So, why did I pick the Ford? There were several reasons, but brand loyalty was certainly not one of them. I have preferred GM and Dodge trucks in the past. I have owned just about every brand of car/truck sold in America except the luxury types. Though I grew up with mostly Fords, I have not had much love for them since the Granada. I was actually surprised myself when I selected the Ranger.

What I found out was that the seats are much more comfortable in the Ranger than the Taco. Surprisingly, the reliability of the Ranger is also better than the Toyota. The price of comparably equipped vehicles is also vastly different (about $5-6000 more for a Toyota). I work on my own vehicles and parts for the Toyotas are about 3-4 times higher than Ford. Chevy parts are the cheapest, but they don't make a small truck I would buy anymore.

I have no problem with Toyota; my wife drives a Prius. I am glad I could find an American built vehicle made by an American company that met my needs. I haven't had this truck long enough to know that I made the right decision, but I like it so far. If it turns out to be another Granada, I will find something else. If I do, I will bid you farewell. I won't stick around to bash Fords. This is a Ford site. I knew that when I joined (before I even owned my Ranger). I have learned of things to watch for and ways to fix them from this site. That is why I joined.
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Here is a list of the American made items in my house/garage (not including my Craftsman tools) that I can think of without searching around the house.

Kanati longbow made by Jason Kendall in Forest City, IA.
Mahaska longbow made by Kent Ostrem, Oskoloosa, IA
Kota recurve bow made in North Dakota
Bear recurve bow: Grayling, MI. (now made in Gainesvile, FL).
Case knife: USA (not sure where)
Ruger 7722 rifle
Ruger Single Six (x2)
S&W revolvers (x6)
Colt Match Target (okay that one is no longer made)
Smith's Arkansas oil stone
Nicholson files
my oak dresser made by Amish builder near Oelwein, IA
1930 Ford Model A coupe
the Lazyboy leather recliner I am sitting in, made in Neosho, MO.
my Field and Forest boots (available at Fleet Farm)
2007 Ford Ranger


I have to admit, there are wah too many things in my house that say "Made in China" on them, many of which bear American brand names.

I hate that. Maybe, subconsciously, that influenced my decision on the truck. I buy American when I can (rarer these days), I refuse to accept metric, and I hate soccer.
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