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In all the new trucks I test drove, the horn sounded different than the 2003 models. From inside the cab, it's kinda high pitched toy like. I first thought maybe a dual horn setup, and the lower frequency wasn't working/hooked up. But nope.

When I double click the keyless entry lock button the horn sounds much better, but it's only a short bleep. Perhaps it just sounds better from the outside?

Either way, I think I need to find a replacement... Something more truck like and less pee-wee herman like.
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Yea, when my horn did work it sounded pretty whimpy... my sisters Contour has a better horn :(
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Open the windows or have someone sound the horn while you are outside the truck.
It is loud but I think the trucks have more/better sound deading, IMO.
Anyway it seemed wimpy to me too, till I checked from outside the cab. 8)
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Beep Beep...haha....just thought id be the first smart-*** to do that.
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it sounds like A HORN
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why not test drive a 2004 and figure all that out?
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haha! good thing you brought it up, haha.. yesterday, i finally had to use my horn to tell someone to move.. well.. it does sound real gay. My lady-friend was like... "hah!! it's a toy!!" yea, the "alarm" beep sounds pretty "manly" but man.. the actualy horn? haha.. if and when you get a replacement... tell me where, cuz i want too

haha!!
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Well I agree with LVMPD1981, when I sound the horn off the remote, it's pretty darn loud and sounds fine. But if I hit the horn while in the cab, it's kinda cheesy sounding.

rong, for a replacement I'd figure we could find just about anything in a junkyard and swap it. I really don't know much about over the counter aftermarket horns, but I'm sure there are plenty out there. I'll see if I find out anything interesting/worth while.
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put some air horns on it, and call it done, i put 125db horns on my truck, and that gets alot of attention
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I'm getting a Dixi Horn! lol
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I'm getting a Dixi Horn! lol
lol thats what I was gonna suggest.

Those things crack me up, Rob (RobPerk3 from GE) has one and me and Alon were cracking up when he set it off at the meet.
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this is strange
my 04 came with dual note horns and they are very loud
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French Horn

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In all the new trucks I test drove, the horn sounded different than the 2003 models. From inside the cab, it's kinda high pitched toy like. I first thought maybe a dual horn setup, and the lower frequency wasn't working/hooked up. But nope.

I think I need to find a replacement... Something more truck like and less pee-wee herman like.
Mnemonic,

When I first got my '04 I noticed the same European-sounding horn sound you did - it sounded like a Fiat! Well, it turns out that Ford changed the horn model from a dual to a single horn part way through the 2004 model year. I'm pretty sure that the change was made on all Ď04's assembled after Nov. 2, 2004.

My original horn was a "Klaxon" brand made in France, Ford part number 4L5T-13802-AA. I'll be darned if I'll have a French horn in my truck (insert orchestra joke here).

The solution is as easy as your local Ford parts dealer. I ordered a 2003 dual horn, Ford part number 4L3Z-13832-AA. The list price is $29.32, and 1stfordparts.com sells it for $21.99.

The new horn comes with the support bracket and the correct electrical connector, and it's easy to change since there's plenty of clearance behind the grill. Itíll make your Ranger sound like an American truck, not a French one.
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you might want to start pulling out the French transmission or the German engine in your Ranger if foreign parts bother you that much
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My horn sounds like it needs to be on a damn vw bug lol
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if a louder horn is what your looking for i think this should be loud enough

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Does that setup play La Cucarocha too?
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if a louder horn is what your looking for i think this should be loud enough


u got that set up..i got the one set off to the left i think...runnin 200 PSI and it will make u pee ur pants thats just freckin sweet i love it..
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HA, mine sucks too, but that setup ^^^ ... Thats freakin nuts!
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I got the triple chrome ones under my truck and u can hear them for bout 2 miles away..thats just freckin awsome....

i ordered another set for mine tho so DOUBLE it baby....
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Mine was still made with some 03 parts so my horn sounds manly
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I got a horn off of an old cadillac in a junk yard a good while ago and put it in my truck. It was hilarious. I just took it in for inspection and it didn't pass, lol. They installed a new one, the old stock ones were filled with mud or something, free from warranty, haha.
They put in a dual setup rig, it's pretty loud, but just the plain junk horn sound.
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you might want to start pulling out the French transmission or the German engine in your Ranger if foreign parts bother you that much
Yup, I know that the engine and transmission are both imported, and it doesn't bother me a bit that the horn was made in France.

What really bothers me is that Ford seems to be gradually substituting cheaper parts, and/or taking features out of new Rangers. Remember map, cargo and glove box lights? Even front and rear mud flaps? They're gone now.

This process (I call it "decontenting") has clearly hurt sales. This year is the last year (based on '04 sales) that Ford can truly say that the Ranger is the top "compact" pickup. 2005 Ranger sales look pretty grim.
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I had map lights and glove box lights on my 2003...you don't?
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Well I have rear mud flaps, but no constant power to the dome lights and no glove box light either.
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