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2019 Ranger disappointment...

Thread in 'Comparisons to Other Vehicles' started by steve benjamin, Mar 15, 2019 at 8:29 PM.

  1. steve benjamin

    steve benjamin Member 2nd Gen Owner V8 Engine

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    Long time member but haven't posted in many years. 2001 ST owner and put 255,000 miles on it. Finally traded in for a 2008 XLT with V8 and 4x4. It now has 208,000 miles and going strong. I absolutely LOVE my truck...(as the song goes!)

    Knowing that someday I will need a new ride I accepted an invitation from the local Ford dealer to check out the new Ranger.

    Words cannot describe how disappointed I was with it. How in the world can the same auto company make these two trucks. Literally nothing in common other than four tires and a steering wheel as far as I can tell. Every single one of the reasons I enjoy my ST is missing from the Ranger. I'll list a few:

    V8 option (come on Ford...at least offer a V6 option)
    Composite rear bed (painted steel on the Ranger...oh, but Ford will spray it an extra $500.)
    Full size electric rear window (Ranger has about an 8 inch square with a plastic latch)
    Rear of the back seat lays forward (so does the Ranger but it won't lay flat, nor even close so its worthless)
    Spit rear sit (Nope...not available)
    12V power outlet in the bed (Nope...not available)
    Very useful storage compartments in the bed (Nope...not available)
    4 wheel independent suspension w/coilovers all around (damn Ranger has buggy springs in the rear...sheeesh!)
    rear of the ST cab is contoured so the rear seats are tilted and more comfortable and more leg room (Ranger...vertically straight like about all the other small trucks)
    Easy to clean and maintain vinyl flooring in ST (carpet in the Ranger)
    There's more but you get the idea...all this before even considering the prices they are asking for what would be a comparably optioned Ranger to my ST....over $40,000.

    For the life of me I don't understand why they couldn't have just brought back the ST or, at the very least, incorporated some of the very desirable features of the ST into the Ranger.

    Didn't mean for this to be a rant but I guess it is. Good thing I take good care of my ST because it looks like I'll be driving it for quite awhile yet.

    I apologize if others have covered this but I didn't find any mention in a search unless I missed it. I do wonder what others think though.

    Steve
     
  2. EddieS'04

    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Thanks for the update. My Trac is an '04, sounds as if many things are missing.
     
  3. Phill R

    Phill R Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I know to many, this might be sacrilege but one word. Tacoma. As a die hard Ford man, I found it to be alot closer to what the Sport Trac was and what Ford forgot.
     
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  4. EddieS'04

    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I agree I have had my eye on them also. Im not thru with my '04 yet...
     

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