Recently bought a 2009 XL RCSB 2.3 Manual and have been driving it for bout a month now. So far, the thing is great. While it isn't the fastest with the 2.3, the manual surprisingly allows you to get it going. Averages about 25-26 mpg with my aggressive driving and lead foot, and handles very smoothly. Turning is extremely tight and smooth. It handles bumps fairly well, and with my toolbox in the rear Its relatively easy to find traction. While not being extremely As far as interior, it's about what was expected. The vinyl seats are nice and the surplus of plastic is expected, so overall the interior is what it is. Overall I'm really liking the truck, have put a new head unit and speakers, and a bedliner and toolbox and it's a great little truck.
well i went to buy a small chevy S10 pickup truck at the time i was looking i passed a local used care dealer .. on the lot was a 2009 ford ranger 4x4 sport so i desided to buy ... i could not be more happy with the truck she pulls a lot of fire wood i put the truck in over cut overs where some people wont even put there 4x4 atvs ... i put a cap on the truck and i must say i have had the truck packed full of green fire wood ... the truck has been in the rough spots and proven to be a work hourse .... i say go for a for ranger if looking for a small truck with big guts ....
well i like the fact that my 4x4 ranger is heavy duty and has a lot of hauling power
put extra springs on her
to handle weight better
like i did .. i got 3 extra leaf springs added per side
I bought the truck brand new in 2009, in a little over two years of driving I have put 43,000 kilometres on it. Just finished a road trip of 1800 kilometres through the Rocky Mountains, and it performed flawlessly. Only anomaly was the tire pressure sensor going off during extreme altitude changes, though that is a sensor issue that most vehicles have. I have used the vehicles for construction work as well as daily commuting and weekend warrior duty off-road. It has hauled ATV's, trailers, and a 6000lb camper and done s without complaint and with decent mileage. I generally average above EPA mileage, especially now that the truck is broken in. I recommend it as an inexpensive workhorse.
I love the LSD rear end and the 4.10 gears, and the 5 speed Auto makes good use of the trucks power and torque bands. The fender flares are aggressive, as are the Y-spoke wheels. The sliding rear window allows me to carry long objects without dropping the tailgate. I love the look of the grill and the clear front lights.
I wish the truck came with 4 wheel disc brakes, a lockable tailgate, and more aggressive factory tires. I would also have loved if an electronic locking rear diff was offered, like the Frontier.
Still love the little thing after one short year. I had to beef up the rear springs to handle the landscaping equipment I haul around. The am/FM radio seems to have a mind of its own. Moves off the line like an ice flow. Do not buy a ranger unless you want one.
MPG! I load this thing up!
The manual transmission's rev's drop off very slowly. By design? The cabin could be a touch larger...