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Rolldogg 01-20-2008 12:46 PM

We all knew it was coming........
The day they quit production of the Ford Ranger. We knew it was coming, after years of MINOR cosmetic changes and stripping of options, it was only a matter of time.



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.

Reported by AutoNews, the 2009 Ford Ranger has been axed from production, saving Ford over $2 Billion dollars UAW savings. The Ranger factory, based in St. Paul, Minnisota, were lucky enough to have the closure date pushed back to 2009, saving many of them their jobs. However that will all be put to an end in 2009. For you Ranger fands, the small pickup days are over.
I really don't mind it though. Seems Ford will be sinking more time and money into their F-150, and after seeing the new redesigned 09 F150, I'll buy one. The Ranger is a good little truck, but I guess here in North America, it's just not doing Ford any good. All good things must eventually come to an end, and unfortunately, it has to be the Ford Ranger.

karrbass4life 01-20-2008 02:49 PM

Buy those collectable Rangers while you can. Maybe we can hope they replace the ranger with something.

Roach2004 01-20-2008 03:02 PM

Something with a v8

ChrisR1S 01-20-2008 03:26 PM


01NP 01-20-2008 05:29 PM

Sad news indeed. I really have a thing against giant cars.. the Ranger is a great size and I love my truck, but I would not want to drive something bigger. The new F150 size is more like the current F350. Even economy size Corollas and Civics are giant and bubbly know. I miss old cars :(

zabeard 01-20-2008 05:32 PM

We dont need a V8... this is the mentality of many people that the V8 is just so great. We really dont the ranger dont, want a V8 buy a half ton.

I have still heard the ranger is going to the detroit truck plant where the f150 is made.

thanks again to the UAW and loosing the ranger.

Ranger Carl 01-20-2008 06:19 PM

Well, the Rangers have been getting bigger every year and my 2003 Ranger Edge 4 dr is almost as if not as big as an early F150. I guess Ford will still make the Mazda and that is a Ranger with a Mazda name tag. They own about 34% of Mazda anyway which is controlling interest so they are in control there.

Not to fear, you can still have a Forzda or Mazord. Which ever you wish to call it. I like Mazord. Or, just save a Ranger badge and put it on the Mazda.

Don't worry, there is a s**t pot full of Rangers for us yet.

I plan on mine lasting until death do us part.

rolsmojave3 01-20-2008 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by Ranger Carl
Well, the Rangers have been getting bigger every year and my 2003 Ranger Edge 4 dr is almost as if not as big as an early F150.

Not to be a jerk, but since when? They've always been within a few inches or so 89' or before.

gasman 01-20-2008 06:39 PM

well Ford just lost $20,000 from me. looks like i'll be getting a Colorado or Tacoma next. I do not want a full size truck (even the Dakota is too big for me)

k.blakeley 01-20-2008 06:43 PM

They will replace it with something,every company needs to have a mid-size truck to sell. Probely be like chevy getting rid of the s-10 and replacing it with the colorado.

[email protected] 01-20-2008 06:50 PM

I dont really care. that just means my truck will be that less common down the line. I am not getting rid of it I dont need a V8. All I need is deep gearing and enough parts to keep it running down the road, although I suspect they might get more expensive to repair...

D. 01-20-2008 07:33 PM

I love ya mate.. but..


Originally Posted by zabeard
We dont need a V8... this is the mentality of many people that the V8 is just so great. We really dont the ranger dont, want a V8 buy a half ton.

If I don't need a v8, why is it I'm putting one in? If it were an option, the Rangers sales might have improved.


thanks again to the UAW and loosing the ranger.
Zach.. The UAW didn't loose the Ranger. Ford gave up on it years ago.

When Ford ' upsized ' the Exploder off the Ranger Platform, it was over.

01NP 01-20-2008 07:38 PM

Why do you 'need' a V8 in your compact sized pick up truck

[email protected] 01-20-2008 07:39 PM

YOU need a V8, WE dont. I m happy with my engine.

of course sales would have improved, but would it have been worth it to ford? think like a corporation and I am sure the rangers isnt getting dropped solely because of sales. they have a different market focus...

and technically, you dont NEED it. you want it ;)

jtslmn720 01-20-2008 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by 01NP
Why do you 'need' a V8 in your compact sized pick up truck

light truck plus alot of power means great things...

its a shame but not surprising, ford doesnt care about the ranger at all as it has been engineered by 4 year olds for that past 15 years

FordFever 01-20-2008 08:23 PM

they will bring it back. I mean just look at the ford tauraus....they brought it back.

jtslmn720 01-20-2008 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by FordFever
they will bring it back. I mean just look at the ford tauraus....they brought it back.

they brought the name back, that was it... its still a 500

FordFever 01-20-2008 08:29 PM

well, i think they will come out with another compact truck. won't they? i thought they sold really good. the f150 can't be the smallest line of truck.

jtslmn720 01-20-2008 08:37 PM

no other company makes compact trucks any more... if they do make another truck it will be a "midsize" dakota sized truck... wont be a "ranger" though

RangerExtreme 01-20-2008 08:42 PM

Hey u guys saw what they did with the Taurus whats gonan happen is there gonna make something else thats basically a ranger the sales are gonna be bad then there gonna rebadge it with the Ranger with in a year or 2. Then again what do i know haha

FordFever 01-20-2008 08:46 PM

I don't know. we will see when the time comes. i guess it is just sport trac's now.

tekrsq 01-21-2008 06:43 AM

I love my Ranger, but I can't say I didn't see it coming. Why buy a truck that has about 1/2 the payload, but gets the same mileage as an F-150, and is only a few grand cheaper??? Hell, if I'd have known the mileage sucked so bad, I would've bought the 150 in 03 when I got my Ranger. I love my truck, but there's no more Rangers going to be in my driveway.

Ranger Carl 01-21-2008 01:33 PM

rolsmojave3, my 03 Ranger Edge is about 1 foot longer than my '93 Ranger I sold when I bought the 03. It's also wider and a lot taller but I didn't measure it. I have a friend with a 1987 F150 I can match it up to for size if you wish.

Do you want me to go to my friends house and measure the '93 and my 03 and the 87 F150 to my 03 to prove it or do you want to just let it die?

If Ford does anything I think they will be pushing the Mazord and may sell them in the Ford dealerships. Why would they resurect the Ranger after letting it die. The Mazda is almost exactly a Ranger. There is very little difference and if the Ranger is dead then the Mazord is a Ranger with a different badge.

If you want a Ranger then buy a Mazda.

n3elz 01-21-2008 01:59 PM

Carl, most of the changes are in the body what not -- bumpers are different in front for instance. Some frame changes but not much and mainly to the front rails to accomodate the IFS vs. the TTB.

The Ranger is not in anyway close to the size or weight of a 1987 F-150. I had one too and it was a boat. Frame spacing, track width, etc. all smaller on the Ranger.

02Edge4.0 01-21-2008 08:16 PM

Look at Wikipedia. Their article states that Ford Motor Company directly stated that the Ranger would remain in the lineup for 2009. It could just mean that they're going to be selling leftovers, but it's still hope.

Sometimes I think there are retards in charge of the company. Dropping the lightning and now this are just bonehead moves that deserve a kick in the face. Hell, they are having sales drops in the truck because they won't do anything to try and stop it! No redesigning in the past 15 years is why it's falling. Bring back the Thunderbolt package... A low down Ranger designed to handle with a 300hp 4.6 and a standard tranny, and there's your Dakota killer. If they would honestly try to save the truck, and not be afraid to do anything, they could have something. I would love it if they would pretend they were dodge for a minute and shoe-horn a 400+hp motor into every car and truck they make. FMC needs to grow a pair.

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