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why all the talk about the old ford ranger?

Discussion in 'Off Topic But Still Civil' started by voiceofstl, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    whenever postings appear about small trucks there are always talk about how great tjhe old ranger was.
    The 1ST GEN. chevy colorado was mad from 2003 to 2012 with a great 4 and 5 cyl engine.
    I was in 1 recently and I think its much better truck then the old ranger.
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  2. patfromigh

    patfromigh Well-Known Member

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    My brother was a civil engineer for a state department of transportation. He was issued a late 1980s-early 90s Ford Ranger for a work vehicle. The state he worked for always went for the absolute lowest bid. They made an exception for the Ford Ranger, allowing for the 3 liter pushrod V6. This was the same fuel injected engine which the Taurus used. The dual spark plug 2.3 liter four cylinder was standard in the Ranger during that time, but had a nasty reputation for rough running and gasoline thirst. Word spread around the fleets very quickly and the 3 liter Vulcan V6 became the fleet favorite. My brother averaged around 25mpg with his, where as the four cylinder Rangers were stuck in the teens for fuel economy. When my brother turned the Ranger in it had gone 238,000 miles without any major problems.

    People who had the older version of the 2.3 liter four with only one spark plug per cylinder seemed to like that motor, when it was updated to two plugs per cylinder reliability went down as well as fuel economy. I might add here that the Cologne V6 engines earned a nasty reputation, and rightfully so.

    The inline 4, 5 and 6 cylinder GM motors seem to be well liked, people who had one praised it. That generation of Colorado seemed to be more robust than the Ranger or even other generations of Chevy small trucks
     
  3. valiant67

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    Because Ranger dominated in sales? In the 1990s, Ranger was frequently in the top 10 best selling vehicle. Sales were often over 300k per year.

    People don’t keep buying a vehicle at those levels unless it’s a good product.
     
  4. Scrounge

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    The Rangers then were based on the Mazda B series. Mazda made good trucks. Everyone I've talked with who has/had a Ranger loves its functionality and reliability. Well-maintained, they can go 300K miles or more.

    The Colorado is actually a mid-sized truck. The S10 would be a better comparison to the Ranger..
     
  5. chuzz

    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    I had an 85 Ranger with the V-6 and five speed manual. It was 4 wheel drive and proved to be a very good vehicle after one incident of a complete emissions failure with about 6,000 miles on it. It was repaired under warranty. It kept blowing out an exhaust gasket between the cat con and pipe to the muffler. It was a flat gasket and after 3 times at the dealership for replacement, I put a donut gasket in it and NEVER had to take it back. I put over 200,000 miles on it before I sold it.
     
  6. valiant67

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    Ranger wasn’t a Mazda.
    Ford Courier was a rebadged Mazda.
    Later Mazda sold rebadged Mazda’s as their B series.
     
  7. rapidtrans

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    I think people go to the Ranger reference because of its size. The Canyon and Dakota are still bigger than many people want.
     
  8. 06PTElectricBlue

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    I had a 1993 Ranger STX SuperCab in Dark Plum Clearcoat Metallic, and I loved that truck :cool:

    I can't find any pics of it right now, but it was like this, except for the color of course. The dark plum was darker than the plum stripe on the truck in this pic, so that the stripes still stood out against the body color.

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    I had actually ordered it, you could still do that back then. One of the best options that I ordered was the flip open quarter windows, like the truck above has. I think that option was $23 but it was great to flip them open for driving and venting at the same time. I also had a sliding rear window that was great for venting.

    I had a bed liner material that was color matched to the body color sprayed in and I eventually put a fiberglass bed cover on it with black rails. I had also installed black nerf step bars on the side and a black brush guard on the front. :)

    It was the brush guard on the front that saved it from having more damage when a few days after I had picked up my truck, a Toyota Celica had turned in front of me and I gored it over the right rear tire. :(

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    So my brand new truck, 5 days old, was sitting in the dealership bodyshop still with the paper tags on it. :(

    But it was easy to work on as with the high ground clearance, I could slide under it without having to use a jack. :)

    After the Ranger I had a 1998 Plymouth Neon
     
  9. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    The 1st gen. colorado is closer to size to the ranger then the dakota.
    Yes we need a smaller truck. IMO the s-10 and old ranger are to small to be a usefull truck. It should be as least as big as the older colorado.
     
  10. rapidtrans

    rapidtrans Well-Known Member

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    How many people driving the full-size trucks ever haul or tow anything?
    The Dakota and Canyon are too close in size, and price, to a full size people just go with the bigger truck as they usually have the big discounts.
    A smaller truck with a decent size bed instead of four full size doors I think would attract many takers.
     
  11. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    The 1st gen colorado looks small compared to the new colorado. I do agree with you about 4 doors, the most it should be is extended cab.
     
  12. valiant67

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    So the configuration that most people buy should be eliminated?
     
  13. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    NO there should be options..standard cab,,,ext cab....4 door.
     
  14. valiant67

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    There are, depending on the truck line.
    And guess what? Hardly anyone buys the regular cabs, or the extended cabs, or the 8 foot beds.By a huge margin people are buying more interior room with a shorter bed.
     
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  15. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    You can't fix stupid.
     
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    Yes, obviously everyone who isn't buying the truck in the form you desire must be stupid.
     
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  17. DC-93

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    Old Rangers were pretty useless as a truck....
    This pic I took today says it all. It's dinky.
    You can lay a card table in back and 4 chairs. IMG_3006.jpg
    It's then filled up! lol...
     
  18. valiant67

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    Yes, but back in the day a base Ranger sold for about what a Ford Escort did. And that's one reason they sold so many of them.
     
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    Boy the Ranger (and Comanche and S10/S15) cabin was cramped compared to a Dakota!
     
  20. DC-93

    DC-93 Well-Known Member

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    You'd buy a cheap mini truck because you couldn't afford a car!!!
    My brother in law had a used Datsun mini truck. 4 banger stick. Rubber mat floor. Rusty but got him around, CHEAPLY!
     

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