2011 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 turbo diesel


A pleasure to own, and very practical


The Ranger has a very slight rattle somewhere in the dash. It only seems to do it when it's cold.

Other than that, nothing.

General Comments:

It doesn't ride quite as well as my old Landcruiser, but I just put that down to the different suspension designs. At least it gets vastly better fuel economy than the old Toyota. The LC got 23-25L/100Km. The Ranger gets about 8L/100Km. Overall, I'm very pleased with the car. It has excellent torque and power.

On a recent work trip we had a Ranger as a hire car. It was an older model with over 400,000Km on the clock, and it was very badly abused (ex mining vehicle). The old Ranger performed and handled very well considering its condition. I will be a happy man if my Ranger drives as well as that one with that many Km's on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2011

2010 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0L turbo diesel


Excellent ute - not a good dealer


12v sockets keep breaking - apparently it's due to the size of my car charger - funnily enough it's a standard size.

Brake booster stuffed at 5000km. Not good when you drive 200+ kms on an average day.

General Comments:

Love it. Much better than my old Hi-lux (although it was a non-turbo 2003 model).

The ranger is very comfortable to drive, has plenty of power when needed, and is surprisingly economical. It doesn't seem as good as the Hi-lux off road (but this may be due to the fact that the Hi-lux just never stopped going!).

Much more plastic on this car than the old Hi-lux - so have to be a bit more careful.

But I do enjoy going more than 40km/hr uphill.

Dealer is a shocker. It seems to be in there every other week getting something touched up, adjusted or tightened. On the plus side, they do wash it for me :)

Overall I'm happy with the car. It seems to have a few bugs to work out.

Oddly enough, they leave all the controls for the CD stacker with the car, even if one isn't attached - the buttons just don't work.

There are a few little improvements they could make. Next year could be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2010