This is my second ranger.
The first 1998 Ranger XLT took a
pretty good side/front impact at about
50 mph from a C Tahoe and the airbags
deployed and everything was fine.(My
poor ranger was totaled).
I did not plan on buying another
ranger, but I went to my local ford
dealership and the first one I saw was
a Ranger Edge 3 litre(BRIGHTE RED w/5
speed auto).I Love It.
5 Speed Automatic
transmission.Previous model was a
manual.Bad news in traffic.
Maybe I am comparing apples to oranges.
2.3 ltr M 5 spd to 3.0.ltr A 5 spd.
Needs better shocks.Maybe a stiffer
front torsion bar.
Overall I like my Ranger and am going
to by an Edge for my wife to replace
an aging but still very quick and
agile '97 Dodge Neon.(70,000 miles)
This is my second Ranger, went with the
extended cab and 3.0L V-6 vs the
previous 4 banger and standard cab.
Surprised at the improvement in
acceleration. Always like the steering
and suspension. Extended cab is the
only way to go, learned that fact the
hard way. Got the truck with a $4K
rebate, that really sealed the deal.
The XLT package added numerous
features, this truck came with power
everything, included keyless entry.
Ford also had a good deal on an
extended warranty, added three more
years at 72K miles for around $1,300.
No problems to date.
Steering response, ride quality and
extra space the extended cab provides.
Looks good from any angle, easy to
drive and fits in a standard parking
space and our crowded garage. A/C
works fast, a critical need in
Florida. Still too new to rate MPG.
A K&N air filter should be standard
equipment, that would improve engine
response at low speeds. Add a locking
tailgate, move the radio controls away
from the gear selector, partially
obstructed when in drive. Provide four
keys at the point of sale.
If you are tall like me, the supercab
is the way to go. Even with the seats
all the way back you still have plenty
of room to fit a suitcase or groceries
with ease. However, it isn't very
comfortable for an adult...Children fit
The acceleration is very nice! Merging
into busy traffic or passing that slow
driver in the fast lane isn't as nerve
racking as driving in a 4 cylinder
Roomy (Great for tall people)
Good power options (windows, locks,
Standard V6 engine in the supercab.
Anti Theft system
Fun to drive, nice feel.
Better gas mileage
Standard side air bags
Standard "third door" to make it easier
to get in and out of back.
Nice truck...the $3k back from Ford and
dealer $ made the truck a great buy. 5
speed works well with the 3.0 l
engine. AC and Heat are fast! So far
no problems and it was nice that Ford
called twice to make sure all is well.
Engine layout is logical and easy to
access from top and bottom. No wind
noice....very strong method of securing
Good build, great price, 5-speed auto,