I own a 2WD 2001 Ranger Edge with the 3.0L V6 and an automatic transmission with only 80,000 miles on it. So far in the year I've had it, I've had to replace the oil pan gasket (the 3L commonly has oil pan gasket problems, mine was pushed out from the pan/block seal at both ends of the engine), fuel pump (died), blower motor (died), blower resister pack (melted), dash lights (a few behind the speedo and tach died), and starter. And I've still got to replace the seal around the third brake light (leaks like a sieve), and the PATS system (not aftermarket, it's Ford's antitheft system - it often decides the factory keys are not right and locks the truck down in theft mode) Do not buy this truck
-Lighting it on fire
-Taking a long drive off a short pier
Seriously, don't buy this truck. It's nothing but a huge money pit in parts even if you can do the work yourself. Not to mention it has no power and only gets 13mpg if I hypermile it.
I have the 3.0L V6. I get decent gas mileage, averaging between 19 and 20 MPG. It truly is a pretty truck when it is driven through town, and gets a lot of attention. Ride height and ground clearance is great, but ride is extremely rough. Great 5-speed manual transmission, and the only problems I have had after 84,000 miles was an emissions problem (EGR flow problems). Other than that, this has been a great truck to drive, and very enjoyable.
The powerdome hood, a lot of room for larger tires, great body style,
Ride Quality could definitely be improved, because it is real stiff and bouncy. A little more power than the 3.0 that I have.
Only problems I had were water leaking through rear window seal, and throttle body malfunctioning. This is a manual shift model, and the clutch feels kind of soft. Very dependable truck, and will haul lots more weight than I thought.
High road clearance, bed extender.
More powerful base engine would help. I live in a very hilly area, and the 3.0 is marginal going uphill.
Was shopping for daily driver to
replace 79 F150.Test drove Edge on whim
and fell in love.Semi dual exhaust
sounds great.The truck rides higher
than base R,but felt more like a truck
than base R.Stiff suspension. Makes XLT
look wimpy.Basic pickup interior-vinyl
floor/seats, crank windows, no power
nothin. CD player helps.Only regret is
it ain't a long bed. Needed a
dependable work truck, and smaller
helps in downtown traffic. 3.0L motor
isn't too punchy-doesn't get great gas
mileage either. Motor weak on incline
and auto tranny downshifts to
Basic interior that you don't mind
getting dirty (wipes clean). Exterior
styling, exhaust sound.
Replace jump seats with regular bench.
Make dual exhausts for real. Perhaps a
floor-mount auto is in order. Long bed
for regular cab edge. I hate stem
controls sticking out of column.
Put wiper on dash, dimmer on floor.
This truck is practical as a work
vehicle and fun to drive. It has
sufficient power for almost all
needs.The stereo system is great as is
the air conditoner. I suggest the auto
trans, it is smooth. If the additonal
price is no object, I would suggest the
extended cab for more ease. All in all,
I love my truck.
All of 'em
More availability of Yellow color in
the standard Edge.