10th Jan 2006, 18:13

You've got to understand that its like 26000 miles a year. C'mon, if that's not abuse then I don't know what is...

Components are bound to fail when you drive the hell out of your car and probably skip maintainace.

6th Mar 2006, 16:27

My 03 F150 has 26,000 and runs great, no problems. Now if I put that many miles on a truck in 3-4 years (80,000) now that's quite a bit.

You've also got to remember you're driving a truck. Many people can't seem to understand what "real" trucks were...

-bench seats

-stiff suspension

-big gas guzzler engines

-coarse interior

-real workhorses designed to take punishment and not be driven like a sports car.

IMO, you want performance you buy a sports car, not a ford ranger, I wouldn't buy a ranger for commuting either. There are plenty of other simpler designs in the form of cars avaliable. But I agree with the past comment, I don't think you did much maintainance.

26th May 2006, 13:22

My Ranger 3.0 automatic V-6 has consistently averaged 19.5 mpg or better. My previous truck, which was a 2001 Dakota with a 4-cylinder 5-speed only got 21-22 average. The 3.0 V-6 is usually one of the most fuel-efficient of the small truck engines. I suspect poor maintenance rather than a defective truck.

2nd Jun 2006, 15:18

I have a 2001 ranger with 147,000 miles and no problems.

6th Jun 2006, 08:28

My brother has a 2000 Ranger 4.0 automatic. He gets better gas mileage than that, and as for the transmission, you've got to either be lying or beat the snot out of your truck. The 3.0L from Ford and their transmissions seem to be reliable.

17th Sep 2006, 17:55

Having owned 4 Rangers over the past 16 years, I wouldn't drive any other small truck. Not one of mine ever had one single problem...ever.

17th Dec 2006, 20:10

Having gotten my new 2006 Ranger Sport 3.0 broken in a little better, I am now getting 23.5 mpg on the highway. I think that's pretty good for any V-6 truck.

22nd Feb 2007, 17:26

Sound like neglect, and a lot of abuse. Only 15 miles per gal. Have You ever heard the word, Tune-Up? I don't see anything about taking to a mechanic. You might be surprised!

9th Mar 2007, 08:40

I agree that the gas mileage is not the best on the Ranger, but remember it is a truck. I boosted my mpg by almost 10 and all I do is add a fuel treatment once every couple of months and it seems to do the job.

16th Oct 2007, 13:19

I love how everyone assumes he beats the hell out of his truck, just cause it has a lot of miles on it; mileage does not mean abuse or neglect of maintenance.

I use to commute almost two hours a day in my first truck, and I had no problems with my it for 2 years!! At 80 miles a day, 5 days a week, you do the math. And I never did anything but oil changes and other regular maintenance.

Now that I have my Ranger I've been in the shop constantly for the last 6 months, and have spent over $2000 dollars in repairs. Oh, and to make things better, now I only drive about 10-15 miles a day. So sit there and tell him he abuses his truck for driving it, but last time I checked, that's what they are for, unless it's a Ford: those are meant to look good in your driveway, then have fun walking everywhere.

Oh and I feel your pain about the gas mileage; I get about 150 miles per tank. Well that was in the summer; now that it's colder I get about 110-130. And yes I have seen a mechanic, in fact I've seen three, and they all say there is nothing wrong with my truck! I've done tune ups and gas treatments, but they are useless, just like my truck.