Auto Writers Gush Over New Ford Ranger

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by Tacoma Dad, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. Tacoma Dad

    Tacoma Dad Member

    Well the new Ranger is out and the automotive press is hyper ventilating. About what exactly? Am I the only one who is shocked at the dated, plain, pedestrian styling? Hearing quotes like "Ford Raises the Bar Too High", "The Ranger Wallops the Competition", "Ranger gives leader Tacoma a Beatdown", "A Whole New Ballgame"...and watched a couple of Fast Lane Truck vids and this is it? This is what Ford loyalists have been waiting 4 years for? With the circa 80's melted look and essentially a warmed over global version of what the rest of the civilized world already has with required U.S. safety requirement features and interior appointments sought after by the American market, why the excitement? Is it the cheap, generic hard plastic interior? Is it the 23 MPG combined? Or is it the high price and the small center console? The slam-down tailgate? Or the little infotainment screen? The elimination of the manual? The one engine 2.3 Ecoboost? The thin paint and crude metalwork? Sorry, I just don't get it.

    After seeing all of this marketing drama unfold over the last few weeks, I appreciate my Tacoma that much more. Maybe Nissan's worried but I suspect the boys and girls over at Toyota are smiling.

    Tacoma Dad
    2017 Super White TRD Sport 4x4
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  3. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    Ch#vy Colorado is just dead truck walking. They can’t give them away here even with heavy incentives. Didn’t even know kissing cousin GMC made one.
    Eco-boost in the spousal unit’s Edge is cool and it’s ok for a city dweller like me, but I don’t see it as a trail (8.9” ground clearance?!?!) or trailer warrior.
    They even stamped the name in the tailgate.
    If you wanted a Tacoma, buy a frigging Tacoma!

    2017 Tacoma Limited Urban Assault Vehicle (in work)
  4. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    The Colorado is competitive but GM will do something to screw the pooch eventually. They always do.
    The new Ranger actually looks pretty sweet. It may give the Taco a run for its money. I hope it does. It’ll make Toyota work harder.
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  5. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    And in 1981, auto writers gushed over the Ford Escort. So...I bought one as a go to work vehicle. It wouldn't make a good boat anchor. Writers opinions aren't fact, they are just that, opinions. Most likely most are swayed with cash from the manufacturers.
  6. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    One of my good friends back home is a Ranger fanboy... I've been watching all the TFLTruck vids and others too. I feel like it's a little 'meh' relative to all of the hype that was built for it. I think it'll be a good truck but I also think they might be jumping the gun with all the 'knocks' on other makes. I agree with @Bogunn though that I hope it makes Toyota work harder on the next Tacoma.
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  7. bumpedmyhead

    bumpedmyhead Well-Known Member

    I had a 98 B4000 (ranger) 4x4. With t bar cranked, better rear spring pack, and a/t's, it did really well with the 4.0. Got thru a foot of Mich snow, no problem. I hate the ecoboost, dislike the new styling. I have a feeling the Bronco will be crap also, which sucks, I kinda want one.
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  8. Funnyguy713

    Funnyguy713 Well-Known Member

    Who would want a 4 banger Ford truck with a turbo.o_O
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  9. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Or a 4 banger turb'd full size chevy... haha
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  10. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    I had a 98 ranger 4.0 years ago. It was a damn good truck.
  11. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    B3000 and B4000 in my past. Those were damned good Fordzas!
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  12. jdr3366

    jdr3366 Well-Known Member

    Looks like a snoozer to me, except for the 4 cylinder turbo.
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  13. Lil G

    Lil G Well-Known Member

    I’ve had two ranger 88 model worse truck ever. 2000 model was ok. Both extended cab 4x4
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  14. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    My Fordzdas were 2004 and 2006. Thought they were nice lil trucks. Definitely liked the 4.0 better.
  15. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Like the ugly stripper :confused:
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  16. slapshot

    slapshot Well-Known Member

    I had a 97 tacoma 2wd that had 300k the thing ran like a swiss watch. Just brakes and tires traded it for an 11’ sr5 2wd access cab it was perfect over 130k on it I gave to my son when I bought an 18’ sr5 4dr4wd in may. Love them all. All great trucks. Tacomas out last every other brand. I’ll stick with them
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  17. 1luv45

    1luv45 Well-Known Member

    The first time I saw the new ranger I liked it a lot but the more I look at it the more it looks like a taurus with a lift kit. Not really feeling the front end at all.
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  18. Series6

    Series6 Well-Known Member

    Tacoma owner of almost 2 years. Love my truck.

    I do like Ford in general. Originally planned to get the Ranger but no one would give me a release date. (See paragraph above)

    As far as the 4 cylinder eco boost, I rented a Mustang with that engine for a week. It's a bullet. Engine is a proven component.

    Now... my question would be how is it geared and programmed for truck applications?

    No regrets owning the Tacoma.
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  19. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Release date on the ranger is around as early as January but late as April. Ford isnt making a ranger raptor or a diesel ranger. To me the Tacoma still takes the cake on looks and resale value. The biggest problem ford made was not put a brake controller etc... on the ford for towing which was utterly retarded. So Californians cant tow over 1500 and colorado and certain other states no more than 3000. Lmao ford....good job
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  20. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Its gears with 3:73 rear end and a 10 speed with rear lockers.
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  21. bumpedmyhead

    bumpedmyhead Well-Known Member

    Lots of issues with the 10 speed auto. Traded my 3.5 eco after loads of problems. Turbo failure, iac condensation problems, ignition problems. Ate lots of spark plugs. 3 sets in 30k. Left me stranded on freeway twice. Died while merging. Kept going into limp mode. Fathers 18 mustang gt has trans issues. Brother in laws 18 f150 in shop now, no oil pressure. No eco for me. Here is the kicker: we were Ford dealers since 1955! Drove my mother to FL in her new Nautilus, nice suv, but I hope it lasts. She leased it.
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