I've owned 4 Rangers since 1992, and every one has been absolutely flawless. I'm sad to see Ford dropping Ranger this year. I won't buy a Japanese truck (too flimsy and poorly built), and I don't want a full-sized F-150. I no longer need a truck, but if I did, I'd most likely try to find a good used Ranger.
2,000 Kms update: Orignal Poster.
First off thanks for all the great comments. The Ranger is still holding true to its reputation. No issues and no problems as of yet. It's still gas an go. For those of you who are skeptical about that, saying it's a new vehicle and should not need any warranty claims at such low mileage, you would be surprised at some recent cars that have the "check engine light" at a 4 digit mileage.
On another note. The Ranger is just about to pass 2,000 Kms in less than 2 months. I have driven some highway, but mostly city in different circumstances, and still the truck impresses. I calculate my fuel economy (Canadian MPG) every fill up, and have averaged 18MPG for city driving and achieved 24MPG for highway. I believe that is really good, considering the vehicle is being broken in and it's also below freezing.
I have driven the truck in quite a few snow storms, and have never gotten stuck or wished I had the 4wd. The stock all season tires prove to have great traction, but winter tires would be a good investment for next year. The traction control works wonders, it's the reason winter has proven to be a breeze. I have not tested the ABS as of yet, since I do allow room from the vehicle in front of me.
The truck has no creaks from the interior, and the finish is still like new, and the new car smell is still quite potent. I love my new Ranger, and still plan on keeping it long after my payments are completed.
I am going to do a trip to Kingston, Ontario at the end of the month, and will update the review with hopefully another fuel economy and comfort level review.
Original Poster here. Just came back from that trip to Kingston, I did approximately 580 kms that day, a mixture of highway as well as city driving. Overall, the truck was great. Kept my speed at 110 KMH, used a combo of cruise control as well as manual driving, both were great. The seats were very comfortable, but could use more lumbar support, but that's something I can live with. The fuel economy wasn't as good as I had hoped, I averaged 22 MPG for a combination of the highway and city driving, but it was mostly highway.
All in all, the truck was great, the comfort was spot on, the road noise wasn't annoying, and my oil is still pretty golden even after 2,500 KMS of mostly city driving. I just hope that the fuel economy will increase once I switch to a higher quality of oil than the OEM oil.
In July, I am going from Ottawa to Timmins Ont. which is 734 KMS, and will update then, I should be able to do that trip on one tank one way, but we will see. I hope these posts help.
You got a great deal because they are discounting the Ranger rather than giving it a much needed redesign. It is a shame, because most manufacturers don't make small trucks anymore.
I don't own one of these vehicle, but do drive them at work, my organization has about 6 of these, an older 1997, and the rest are 2009's and 2010's. Actually I was just driving one of 2010's today, with just over 2000 miles on it, and can't fully agree with the fit and finish comments. This truck has already had a e-brake light malfunction, and the driver's side power window is skipping off the track.
The fact that Ford really neglected this model, in terms of a redesign, has allowed them work most the bugs out of them. From what I saw today, they still come with defects. However for a basic mini-truck that should be reliable, the Ranger is not a bad choice. Plus Ford is practically giving them away right now.
Original poster here. In reference to your recent experience with the 2010 you drive for work, some Rangers do come with defects (either they are built on a Friday/Monday or whatever). It does happen where even the most reliable models have lemons or their issues. The e-brake problem that you are experiencing could be the recall that affects some 2010 models that Ford should fix at no cost. As for your window problem, since it is a 2010, it still should be under warranty, and therefore should be brought to Ford's attention.
I am aware that this is not your truck, and that I might be coming off as biased or even uneducated (mine is a 2011, and very new still) since I lack experience in owning one, but from my 3,565 KMS as of yet, my Ranger is still holding strong and I still love it. All opinions and experience are welcome here, we do need to educate those that wish to buy a 2006-2011 N/American Ranger to be aware that not all Rangers can live up to their economical and reliable reputation.
Thank you for taking the time to read and reply this post. I hope the Ranger you currently drive works out better for you.
I must say that if someone needs a small work horse, then 2011 Ranger is simply unbeatable. With a decades proven 2.3L 4 cyl. and 5 speed, you get the most reliable and fuel efficient small truck on a market. Period.
Here where I live, I got a quote for $13,995CND after all the taxes and discounts.
Are you kidding me?
You cannot even buy an Aveo for that. This is THE cheapest vehicle on the market.
Standard traction control, standard four wheel ABS, standard side impact airbags. Are you kidding me???
Why why why are they planning to cancel the Ranger?
I have a 2011 Ford Ranger AT 4 cyl. I have put a little more than 28,000 miles on it since December. I am still getting between 25 - 28 MPG. Been stuck in the snow once, but that was my fault for not understanding the traction controls. This truck runs great. I usually put about 1600 miles a month due to the commute from home to work.
I hate to see Ford drop the Ranger. My family's company has used Rangers since 1992 as service trucks, and they are without doubt by far the most rugged and reliable. 300,000 miles out of them is pretty typical. I have owned 4 Rangers as personal vehicles, and have never had one repair on any of them, in spite of the fact that they were not treated gently. I'd pick the Ranger over any small truck ever built.
I bought a 2011 XLT, 4wd, 5 speed stick shift Ford Ranger, which has a cold engine miss/power loss. When I pull out of my driveway, I go up a grade and it misses like crazy until the engine warms up. Dealer cannot find anything wrong after 3 visits. Service manager took me for a ride in a similar truck, and sure enough it missed too. If anyone is having the same problem, contact me at email@example.com. I'm considering filing lemon law.
Original poster here. I agree with all of you. The reputation of the Ranger rivals the Toyota Hilux of the 80s, and Ford shouldn't remove the Ranger from their lineup.
I am glad to see there are so many Ford Ranger enthusiasts. If you do have a Ford Ranger, or would like know more about them, please join.
I have been a member of this forum for 6 months and learned a lot. It's a helpful forum that can answer questions to just about anything.
My member name is Rango88.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
To mr 22:49. I am the original poster. I have not heard anyone have the issue you have stated here. I know quite a few people with 2011 Ranger and have yet to report any issue with the 4L manual.
My truck has 3.55 8.8" Open Differential, which is the standard gear for the 4L SOHC with 2WD.
My boss is trading his Honda Accord in on a 2011 Ranger this Friday. He traded his Honda CRV for a new 2010 Escape a year ago, and has become a real fan of Fords. He is getting a super-cab with the 4.0 V-6. After having owned 4 Rangers, I highly recommended one. None of mine ever had a single problem. Great trucks!!