The 3.0 just doesn't have the power for today's highways;, not even talking about the poor gas mileage of 18.5 if I am real careful. Just sold my '91 Ranger with 168,000 and it was able to get 22+ miles per gal. and the 4.0 engine was very great with plenty of power.
I just took delivery of this truck on 8/6/05. So far I am very pleased with its capabilities and appearance. I traded the 2000 Mustang due to rising fuel costs. But having a brand-spankin' new Ford Truck with good mpg is worth it! I really like the ride height and the 16" wheels wrapped in BFG's. Makes my 4x2 look like a 4x4. I also got the Dark Shadow Gray Metallic paint...BEAUTIFUL! As for value, I bought it under Ford's Family Plan. The sticker was $18,788. I paid $12,620! If you're gonna buy a Ford ... DO IT NOW! AWESOME DEALS!
Ride height, color, truck capabilities.
Offer the 3.0 V6 with 3.73 gears instead of 4.10 ... may improve mpg a little.
I recently had the transmission go out in my Chevy. I was looking for something new and I found the Ranger Edge. It's awesome in every aspect. It has great power, and is fun to drive. I have to commute to college so it's perfect. It's not a 4 banger car with no power or a gas guzzling V8. It's one of the best cars I have ever owned.
I love the smooth ride and handling, not to mention the overall look.