1999 Ford Ranger 2.5 TD Double Cab 4x4 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A pillar of strength, and economical
This truck is as strong as an ox. It is mainly used for work, but is equally good at family duties. Very practical for the self-employed family man, as you can get away with owning just one vehicle. Instead of owning a car and a van, this truck fills the role of both.
Love the high driving position, it feels safe and sturdy. Loads of carrying space (obviously), and a hardtop keeps the load bed secure.
2.5 Turbo Diesel engine is unburstable and very economical.
Choppy handling, but its no sports car so you expect it and drive it carefully.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2004
18th Jan 2006, 08:15
The company I work for owns a 1999 Ranger, which I have drive long distances over the last 6 months. While I can't corroborate everything the review says (ours isn't double cab), it has certainly had fewer mechanical difficulties than other pick-ups in the fleet.
And for the size of engine, I would agree that the fuel economy is pretty good, whenever I've been driving it. The cab does feel safe - the high driving position gives a great view of the road - but I find the actual driving position hella uncomfy.
The vehicle handles well - even at high speed and especially on the winding roads in our region - and is a true work horse. Acceleration could be better for more confidence when going past slower vehicles.
However, finding a parking space for a vehicle that big is, I've found, a nightmare. And it's the only limit on its usefulness I've found.