2006 Ford Ranger Sport 3.0 V6 from North America
Nicely styled, excellent build quality, a pleasure to drive
No problems at this time.
I needed an inexpensive small truck for my business. I own an auto repair shop (transmission specialty) and am a certified auto mechanic. I chose the Ranger for it's simplicity, reliable service record and low price. The Sport Supercab 4 door model comes well equipped for a midrange priced truck. It sits high and resembles a 4x4 although is actually a 2 wheel drive. Build quality is excellent. Interior is stylish and very comfortable with lots of storage space behind the front seats. 3.0 V-6 has adequate power along with a limited slip 4:10 rear diff gear ratio. Gas mileage is marginal, but should improve with time as the engine wears in. The 5 speed automatic would be expensive to replace, but I have yet to see one in my shop. I'd recommend a shift kit to improve drivability and longevity. Great service from the local Ford dealers sales staff.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2005
I also opted for the Ford Ranger over the competition because of the excellent build quality and reliability. I've owned 4 Rangers and none has ever required a single repair. My current model is a 3.0 automatic. So far it is the best one I've owned as far as solid feel and smoothness.
I've yet to squeeze more than 19mpg out of it, but hopefully that will improve as it gets more miles (at present I only have 2,000 miles on it). I've driven Rangers since 1992 and I don't think anyone, foreign or domestic, makes a better small truck.
Before buying my newest Ranger I looked at the Toyota Tacoma (ugly, grossly overpriced), the Dodge Dakota (too big, no regular cab offered and new styling is ugly), the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon (dorky styling). As far as power, ride, styling, quality and value were concerned, the Ranger took it hands down.