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Now that I have my 07 F150 Supercrew 4x4, I wish I still had my Ranger in a way. The gas mileage is noticeably worse. However, I love the interior room, the power and the way it feels while towing something. I admit it, I miss my Ranger!
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I love my ranger for so many reasons...it fits me just perfect for one...I always feel comfortable when im goin around parkin lots backward or forward lol...they are fun to mess with and I love that they are different. I was at a car show this weekend and I was the only ranger out of 180 vehicles..I loved that! But yes Im a little biased also :)
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When I was in the market 4years ago, me and dad seriously considered getting an F150 over a ranger. However, the ranger we were looking at (my truck) had a sticker of $22,125.00 and an F150 was about $4,000 more just to get out of the 'barebones work truck' market in the F150 line. The F150's we looked at, were like basic work trucks... where as my truck had some creature comforts.

Also, I test drove a F150, and while the power was nice, the size of the bed, and the fact that i couldnt park for crap, really bothered me. I grew up, and learned how to drive, on a 1977 E350 cube van... which I can put just about any where I want, including paralel parking, but the F150? for get it~! the biggest thing that bothered me, is it was very hard to see out of. Lines of sign in the F150 either were not there at all, or severely limited.

Plus, the F150 was HUGE like a boat.... so it made stickin to the little ranger an easier concept. Plus, the ranger has some good, often over looked benefits:

(I came up from a 1993 Mazda 626 4 cylinder, 4 door sadan)

1) its a two seater. Me and a passenger = I dont hafta use my truck if we need more than 2 people. And If me and friend go somewhere, we all cant pile into my vehical.

2) its got decent power for what it is, and handles pretty nicely, so I can play with it... I often refer to my truck as the 'Two seater sports car with offroad capability'

3) has a large trunk.

4) customizable

5) cheap. Since the overall cost of the vehical is low, leaves extra money for goodies.

My dad pretty much talked me into the ranger. At first I didnt want any part of a pick up truck. But dad insisted.
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i dont have a ranger :-D

i love fullsize's and while i may get a ranger for a DD, i will never not have a fullsize in my stable (i have 2 and acess to my dads at all times) and i dont think its any harder to manuver, park or off-road. maybe its because i learned to drive on my dads, but i think they are perfect.
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Yeah my father has a 2004 crew cab f350 I have access to when need be
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i have a 95 e350 cube van when I need to haul something big. which really beats any pick up when you gotta move someone to a new house and its raining
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I was living the poor life and it cost $500.
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I had a 95 F150, then a 4 cylinder 2wd ranger and now my 4.0 4x4. I got another Ranger because I wanted something small and to wheel and did not really want a jeep.
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After my 93 ranger was totalled I wanted a 97-03 F-150 but couldn't find what I was after in a DD/Off-road for the F-150; at least not locally. Then I remembered seeing an 03 FX4 Level II in summer of 04. In the mean time I drove an 05 F-150 for little over a week. Screw it being a boat, I felt like pinocchio inside the whale. Not really a fan of the "rolling brick" remodel either. Trails out here are narrow and even my 04 ranger has the mesquite/creosote/desert willow/enter your favorite desert shrub here scars. Couple all that with the fact that I loved my mom's 92 4x4 explorer and my former 93 ranger I just felt compelled to get another.

That and the colorado/canyon is ugly and the tacoma and frontier are way over priced. Nor did I feel like paying $33K+ to get a new F150 loaded up to an "acceptable" 4x4 platform versus $16K for an 04 FX4 Level II with 2781 miles on it.
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cause they gave me 1.9%finance for the duration on the note if i bought the ranger...i wanted the fx4 package and the F150 fx4 package is bout 10K more...i dont haul trailers or ppl, just me. Also i think the 06+ rangers look better than the F150s...
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gas and i like the looks. plus its not too big and not too small
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I bought mine because I inherited a 88 model as my first vehicle and it never gave me one bit of trouble (and I drove it way too hard). That, and for MY uses, a Ranger can do everything a full size truck can do, except it handles a lot better, accerlates faster, stops faster, and in my opinion looks a lot better.
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i've always owned rangers (4)
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i've never needed more.
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I went looking for a Ranger because a friend of mine has one and it's worked out great for him, I thought might as well get one too. I wanted the better gas mileage Ranger would give. I had a Silverado that had terrible gas mileage, and didn't want to go thru that on a long term basis, as I wanted to keep my next vehicle purchase for a long time. So anyhow, while shopping for a small truck, I checked out many dealers, and came across my truck quite by accident. I told the dealer what I was looking for and he had a really nice Ranger XLT, but I didn't think I could afford it, as it was in like new condition, only had 31,500 miles on it, a 2003, and had lots of options...I liked the Ranger right away, and the finance guy at the dealer found me financing within about a half an hour. I didn't believe it. I didn't think I could afford it, but they worked it out over a 5 year payment plan which I could afford. I also bought the 3 year extended warranty with my truck, but haven't had to use it.....so that's cool.The price we ended up with was about half of what a brand new Ranger would have cost, so I felt I was getting my money's worth, and a good buy, as this truck was in such nice condition.

Over the last year and a half that I've had it, I've had zero problems, and only have to do standard oil changes, and wiper blades. So I'm very happy with my Ranger.

Another selling point of the Ranger for me was the ease of which I could get in and out of the Ranger with no difficulty. I have a bad back, and getting in and out of a compact car or large truck would be difficult for me. The Ranger is the perfect height for me.

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Originaly I figured the Ranger would be allot better on gas. But with the 4.0, and 4.10's, the gas milage couldnt be that much better then an F-150. 19mpg was my best ever mpg, and that was once. But for an F-150 with the same options Im sure it would of cost 10,000 more thousand then my Ranger...Any way I traded in a 02 reg cab 4cyl 4X4 Tacoma with 18 k miles on it on the new 04 Ranger. Needless to say the lil Tacoma wasnt a very satisfying truck...
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Since we opened an old thread I'll join in too! ha ha

I always like Chevy Full size Pickups (my whole family is a Chevy group). My first truck was an S-10 shared by my brother and I, but then I bought a Ranger (1988) when I got enough cash. And racing through cornfields/old railroad trails. The Ranger Kicked Behind compared to the S-10. So I stuck with it until I rolled it and blew the motor out being stupid.
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Once Chevy abandoned their box-style pickups and went to the rounded corners. I've always liked the F-250's over the 2500 HD's.
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Because it was given to me for free!

Even if that was not the case, I would still buy one. It's not too small and not too big, and does everything it needs to do well.
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basically size and cost....

the taxes to bring this cars to costa rica are very high and for what i bought my ranger here i couldave bought a f150 or f250 in the us. so i got the ranger. plus the gas and the strets here and parking lots are much smaller so a big f150 is hard to manuver. i learned ddriving in big crs.. a dodge ram 2500 then in dads f150 then i passes to my ranger so i could drive blindfolded without problems :P lol

and big pickups are bad for mudding and getting them infto farms as they take much space on the small alleys weve got in the farm so the ranger was my best option. plus its much more fun cause u can go more places with a midsize truck than a full size one :P
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My main reason was money. I didn't have it at the time I was looking for a truck and my Ranger was cheap.
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I've always liked rangers, ever since I got my dads back in high school I fell in love with them. My 95 is pretty bullet proof, still running strong so I thought hey why not buy myself a newer one? Bought my 02 in June, 08 and it's been awesome every since. Plus there fairly cheap on gas and the size is perfect for everything I do with it, and of course fun to mod.
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ranger for fuel costs. and it was cheap for what it was lol
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Cause I was only 17 when i got it and didnt need anything big. And I got a good deal on it through a friend.
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Fuel efficiency.... The F150 I wanted wasn't much more than my Ranger but I couldn't afford the gas difference and didn't NEED the extra bed space. I do wish I had looked a little closer at the sport tracs...
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lol 4x4 ranger for fuel efficiency.

well...i guess when compared to other larger trucks...
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Why did I even choose a Ranger at all lol?
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