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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.



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.

might but i doubt it. 90% of ranger owners buy them because the price is right tough trucks and insurance is cheap.

look at the main people on the board, 90% of us are 18-23, no way insurance would be cheap with a v8 and not very many people would have spent the extra 2k or whatever to buy a truck with a v8. I probably would have because of what i knew i was going to do with a truck, but i dont need it.

Its not all UAW fault Ford is in the dumps, just like GM Ford promised too much to the employees expecting sales to always be great. they should have known better. I dont care what ford does really I have my truck which is all i really want. Maybe a new F150 in a year or so, who knows.
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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.
I agree, well I think the 4.0 SOHC is a great engine, some of us gear heads want a V8. If ford made a GM LS type engine and put it in the ranger (Like GM should do with the Colorado, ie a trailblazer SS with a LS2) and kept it under the 30K mark, well they still would sell a boatload of 6's to the average person, the excitement and the possibilities would draw people in. Seriously, whats wrong with a V8 when you can get 300+ HP and 20+ MPG out of it with a smart design powerplant? More power doesn't always have to mean less driveability. Not anymore

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i haven't given my hopes up on the ranger yet. that is still a year away. if they do take it away, then i wouldn't doubt it if they brought it back again.
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look at the main people on the board, 90% of us are 18-23...
Thats the problem, 90% of people that buy new cars are not between 18-23. You cannot succeed as a brand marketing to that crowd. You can wish they would all you want, but the matter of fact is most of the people in that age group don't have two nickels to rub together. They are in college eating Ramon noodles, or saving up to buy an Ipod while working at the local Burger King. They just got there first credit card and already have it maxed out. A 25K+ investment is beyond there means. When I was a kid the ranger was mostly driven by family men 30-40, who wanted a vehicle they could take out hunting, or to Menard's, and to work. Well that demographic for whatever reason, call it vast prosperity call it whatever, has lost interest in the ranger. You don't sell cars now a days without any excitement, a 26K sticker and full size gas mileage. The People who buy new vehicles will look elsewhere. When the Ranger came out it was great, it was a different time. It filled a Niche in the days of High gas prices and vehicles which got 10 MPG. 18 out of a truck was something to brag about. That isn't the case anymore. 18 is the minimum expected out of a small truck and the ranger in any other form than a 4 Cylinder reg cab struggles to reach that mark. The market is flooded with great trucks in the price range of the Ranger and with nothing exciting to draw you into, no wonder it is sinking.

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Probably not but I must be different. Bought mine brand new at 18 paid for it myself, worked on it myself, go to school full time and work full time. I now am full owner, waiting on the title in the mail.

Idk all I have ever owned was rangers and I love them, not sure what it is but even stock ones I love. Just a great truck IMO. No other brand has what they offer nay more, small and compact. I am 6' too. idk I just like the overall platform.

My engine and tranny have 97k miles and it drives like it did new, nice and quiet and idk just what I want.
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a few things could save the Ranger.

1. V8 Option or Diesel Option (either or, not both)
2. Crew cab option
3. MARKETING omg I've never seen a Ranger pushed before, only the F-150's and up
4. More gears for gas savings. 6 speed stick/6 speed auto?

Could this bee the next Ranger? Remember the new F-150 was based off the Super Chief Concept.





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I think HAZZARDJOHN nailed it. The Courier came out to compete with the Jap mini pickups. My Courier was not much bigger than my 67 Datsun. The 87 Ranger was a little bigger than the Courier. My 93 was a little bigger than the 87 and now my 03 is a little longer and wider than my 93. Over the years they have grown as big as they can without becoming a full size F150.

Since Ford owns controling interest in Mazda I look for the Mazda pickup to replace the Ranger. It's already a Ranger anyway.

The mini pickup was sold here as a cheap way for a man to have a pickup for weekend home jobs and for small country estates. They were cheap transportation and they grew to much. Now they are interfering with and getting to close to the F150 and Ford don't want to lose sales of the F150. The F150 is a MANS truck and the Ranger is a mans truck.
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Probably not but I must be different. Bought mine brand new at 18 paid for it myself, worked on it myself, go to school full time and work full time. I now am full owner, waiting on the title in the mail.

Idk all I have ever owned was rangers and I love them, not sure what it is but even stock ones I love. Just a great truck IMO. No other brand has what they offer nay more, small and compact. I am 6' too. idk I just like the overall platform.

My engine and tranny have 97k miles and it drives like it did new, nice and quiet and idk just what I want.
We for the most part are the exception to the rule. I had a Brand new truck at 18, was it a wise purchase? probably not but I had fun with it. I have one good friend who I went to school with who bought my roadmaster, which was his first car made later than 1989, it used to be a tunning joke, and it was his first car he paid more than $1000. Its not for his lack of wanting, it is for his irresponsible money handling. But This is more the norm than not. I wouldn't have bought my ranger in 01 if I knew what I know now, It was a huge waist of thousands of dollars, but I was responsible enough to never miss a payment. That's not the case with most 18 year olds with a $400 car payment.

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a few things could save the Ranger.

1. V8 Option or Diesel Option (either or, not both)
2. Crew cab option
3. MARKETING omg I've never seen a Ranger pushed before, only the F-150's and up
4. More gears for gas savings. 6 speed stick/6 speed auto?

Could this bee the next Ranger? Remember the new F-150 was based off the Super Chief Concept.





that is pretty cool. ive seen one like it before but didnt like it.
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it kind of looks like a uni body truck
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