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One of three most durable and troublefree vehicle I have ever owned. by Bob, a Mountain Sheep, formerly from Colorado now permantly living in Oregon. on 04/28/2004. Trim: 1991 Ford Ranger Reg. Cab Long Bed 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: It is an excellent dual purpose vehicle. It drives well on highways. Carries 1500 lb camper quite well averaging 21 mpg. Otherwise, I have been averaging 23 mpg, The 2.9 liter V-6 engine runs well and has been virtually trouble free. Body paint is incredibly durable and quite like new!
Cons: 2.9 liter V-6 is not quite torque enough in Colorado Mountains. At 164,000 miles, the five speed manual transmission had to be completely overhauled costing nearly $1400. Changing three worn out belts each time is always arduous. Instrumental letterings and numbers are hard to read even during Daylight hours...especially for me as a Senior Citizen.
Overall review: I want a new 2005 4x2 (instead of 4x4) Ford Ranger long bed powered by 4 litre V-6 as my next new truck. Ford still says that 2004 Ford F-150 should do well but I insist on a Ranger! They were rather blunt telling me to forget another Ranger as exactly I want.
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