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Old 11-21-2007
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heck if the Taurus is still around... there will be a ranger...
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imho: I think it'll be GREAT if ford gets rid of the current ranger

now it does not mean the ranger should be dead forever, I just think this means there's finally some serious consideration towards dropping the current (dated) platform in exchange for a newer one....this break in production and shift towards development should help the ranger catch up with the other major auto manufacturers

I'm just curious whether or not it'll be an extension of the explorer platform, or on a totally different platform...also, what sort of engine will it get?

btw, the picture they used in the article is pretty cool imho


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Old 11-23-2007
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i hope that if they do end the ranger it is only for a short time...

while ill probably never own another ranger it would just be sad to see the truck die
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Old 11-23-2007
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autoblog wasn't the only place it was reported:

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Automotive News is reporting that the plant responsible for building the engines for the Ford Ranger small pickup and the assembly plant itself will both shutter their doors by the end of 2009. The industry publication is extrapolating that with those two integral plants shut down, the Ranger won’t find a new home anywhere else and won’t get a redesign. The larger F-150 is the best-selling truck in the country and is due to be redesigned next year. Expect Ford to put all its dollars into that. And you thought the John Mellencamp Silverado ads were omnipresent.
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According to various sources, two more American vehicles are to bite the
Ford's Ranger will be removed from the product lineup by the end of next year. (Photo: Ford)
dust by the end of the decade, both of which in one way or another were icons to their respective brands.

Unsurprisingly, Ford has chosen to end the production of its Ranger, according to Automotive News. Reportedly, part of the $2 billion savings that it has found with the UAW involved closing the Twin-Cities plant in Minnesota that builds the truck and its badge-engineered brother, the Mazda B-Series, by 2009. At that time, Ford will also close the doors at the Cleveland plant that produces the engines for these trucks. At this point the Ranger will have been around for 26 years.

Although the Ranger hasn't received the same level of attention as the full-size F-150 or the recently redesigned, hard-working Super Duty trucks, it still plays an integral role in the Ford truck lineup. Without it, Ford effectively becomes the only pickup truck manufacturer that doesn't have a compact/midsize truck in its arsenal. What's more is that the Ranger is still a relatively solid seller despite
We knew that the PT Cruiser Convertible was going, but the "sedan"? (Photo: Chrysler)
essentially featuring the same basic architecture that it used when it was first launched. It's one of the most affordable trucks on the market, and with its 2.3-liter Mazda-sourced inline-four is bar none the most efficient pickup truck currently on sale. As of right now, there is no replacement on the table (no, not even the Thai-built compact truck bearing the same name), leaving a big hole in Ford's product lineup.
the rest of that article is about the PT cruiser, so I cut it out

now only if I could find something from Ford, and not from an auto news article/blog
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Old 11-23-2007
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I'm going to marry Taylor Swift... lol
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Why...why...why...why. But I guess all good things must come to an end.
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Old 11-25-2007
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let them kill off the ranger...i'll still buy it used... never will a transfer over to jap or chevy for my small pickup needs... i love the ranger since i was like 6 when my dad had his little red one... i plan on owning many more...

its like the bronco.. it has a cult following and always will... go ahead kill it, people will love it just as much and then what...you will have nothing we will buy and just stick to used vehicles.. well i know i would.. there isnt much out there on the market that i would ever think of buying myself...

hell when i have kids.. sport trac for me... nuff said...
And Chevy killed off the S-10 anyway so they've just got the Colorado now, which I think is a bit bigger to begin with. I don't get it. What are the companies going to do when they need to get new fleet trucks? Colorados might be too big. I guess they'll all end up with Tacos.

Way to go, American auto companies!
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yea, good luck with that one.
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she's 17. lol.

16 is legal in South Carolina.

But anyway, I think the Ranger should be discontinued since Ford stopped putting effort into it. It's gone relatively unchanged in 10 years. Time for something new.
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yea, good luck with that one.
haha Thanks, I'm pretty sure I need it.
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Well thanks for pissing on parade guys , But we all knew it was coming , My only concernis what is going to replace it will they put more design into the explorer platform or pull a GM and redisign and come up with something a lil bit bigger more into the medium size truck market .
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Old 11-27-2007
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haha Thanks, I'm pretty sure I need it.
yea you will. haha
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Old 11-28-2007
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they will kill it for a year or two, then bring something back is my bet.
Like the Taurus...
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diesel time!!!
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Old 11-28-2007
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Well thanks for pissing on parade guys , But we all knew it was coming , My only concernis what is going to replace it will they put more design into the explorer platform or pull a GM and redisign and come up with something a lil bit bigger more into the medium size truck market .
When I bought my truck I looked at colorado/canyon, frontier, dakota (not that I ever considered a dodge), and tacoma. I think the new gmcs are ugly ugly ugly and the zr2 package makes it even uglier. The ranger sits higher in sport trim than the zr2 does. Frontier I didn't like, plus the dealer was overzealous. Tacoma is too much $$ for a truck that is ugly. Plus all of these trucks are midsizers except the ranger.

I love my truck because it'll carry anything I can fit on it, pull anything I'd hook it to, doesn't have 4 fullsize doors and actually feels like it's got a little torque with a v6. I can put it down narrow little 4 wheeler trails and ride up on the center/outside of ruts made by 500horse superdoodies offroading.

If ford didn't have a new ranger to sell me I would've started looking for an old one. Or an old 91 or older s-10. The rest of the new "small" trucks are ugly and bloated.
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Old 11-28-2007
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man this sux... but ford probably will come out with something like the canyon or new tacoma... the truck has seen little changes.....poor truck...
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Old 11-28-2007
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im going to use my ranger till it quits then ill get a 350 or 450.

i would just love if they made a ranger with a diesel in it, then they would deafinatly last a long time.
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Dam she is hot! But im sad about the rangers it makes me wanna buy a new one next year
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Old 11-28-2007
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That is very sad news.... I hope they don't get rid of the Ranger....I like the small truck. It's more of a truck than others, like the newer Colorado, Canyons, and the Frontiers. If they closed them down and brought it back that would be cool. Just hope they don't act like GM or Nissan and totally ruin a already crappy vehicle. The Ranger is a truck, not a lolly dolly thing that'll go 200mph and have 300hp and made of fiberglass.

Now if Ford invested in Diesel Rangers, they would have a surfire way of keeping the business alive. I think the older diesel rangers got like 30mpg. Does anyone know of this for sure?? It would make a strong truck and a durable one.......Or maybe that's the problem....
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It's possible that Ford could move the tooling equipment to some other country. Nissan and Volkswagen did moved the old Sentra and the old Beetle to Mexico. Maybe Rangers will continue production in China or India? (Diesel most likely).

Old Rangers will be around for a good long time; just do your own rust-proofing.
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From what I have heard the ranger will be moving to the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. The plant has the capability of building 7 different platforms and right now is only building one (the F150).
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Well Im glad I have a Ranger now, maybe it will a classic? If ford kills it I will never buy new, no point with today's new car prices and all the ugly plastic.
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From what I have heard the ranger will be moving to the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. The plant has the capability of building 7 different platforms and right now is only building one (the F150).
Whoot whoot, all aboard!!! Detroit "Truck City" (Dodge builds Rams and Dakotas here as well). That would be kick f*cken *** if the new ranger (or ranger replacement) was built along side it full size brother.

EDIT: I am not surprised that Dearborn assembly can hold 7 lines either, that plant is massive!!!
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EDIT: I am not surprised that Dearborn assembly can hold 7 lines either, that plant is massive!!![/QUOTE]

Yeah that plant is cool, the living roof is something. I work in the Stamping plant next door and it is weird going from a building that was built in the 30's to a modern piece of art. But the building is really 3 builds connected by a conveyor belt. If you ever get the chance take the tour it is well worth it.
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Chad, my girlfriend and I have said over and over that we were going to go in the winter, but we never seem too. Maybe in the next few months we will, I know I would enjoy it.
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