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Just got rid of my lil' honda tonight... I also went and test drove a Ford Ranger. That sucked even more than the honda. I've got some "speed looking/test driving" to do If I'm gonna pull my boat next weekend. Wish my luck! I'd put a picture of of the old girl up, but I think ARN might try to put it in a dress :laughing: No hard feelings AKRED, the timing was right!!
 

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Well I'm not looking at full sized pickups, and those S10's aren't good for much! Around here, it's darn near impossible to find one that is more than 2.2 liters. Thats only 0.2 liters more than what i just got rid of. Any vehicle topic is bound to turn into a ford-chevy debate around here. But I am pretty set in my ways towards a ford right now. Both my brother and dad have 'em and thats enough for me.
 

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Them S-10's just remind me of them city boy low rider trucks. Just my opinions, but the Rangers just look more like a truck, although I'm biased now.

One piece of advise I'll offer is to make sure the Ranger you're getting does not have 4:10 gears in the rear end. Mine does and believe you don't want them. At 70mph on the highway I run at about 2500 to 2600 rpm's. Any car guy knows what this means. :thumbsdown: If you get the 4x4 with the off road package, they offer a 3:73 gear or a 4:10, so if you are buying it new go with the 3:73. I probably only get about 2 mpg better than an F150 would with a V8. I do have a lot of low end torque with those gears though. :mrgreen: My bed space is cut down alot too from a full sized pickup. Just suggesting that you check out a full sized if gas is the only reason you are looking at a small pickup.
 

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gsp, that sure is some low gear ratio for a ranger. didnt know they put them that low in a ranger.my dad bought a brand new ranger recently. its really nice. he really likes it. i think it has a 3.0 liter. so plenty of power for pulling a smaller boat.
 

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Trois - i hear ya on the 2.2cyl 4-banger in the S10's. i worked as a sales manager for a chevy store for a few years..hated that truck. now, if you can find one with the 4.3L V-6...you've got yourself a pulling machine (for a small truck that is.)
 

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The Dakota is bigger than either of the other two and has a bigger standard engine. The only draw back the Dakota has over the S-10 and Ford ranger is the availibility of second hand parts as there are fewer of the Dakotas in the salvage yards. Thats gotta say something about which trucks are built to last and which are throw a way units. :hammering:
 

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Trois_beaux_canards said:
Well I'm not looking at full sized pickups, and those S10's aren't good for much!
Now why the HELL arnt you looking for a full sized? :hammering:

You are right, them lil things aint good fer much...... (HINTING: go for the full size!!!)

Well, Best of luck :smile: ,
-Stouff
 

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Sorry to dissapoint you Stouff, seeing as how I work for a Non-Profit (they pay me in peanuts), and the onbly thing I need to tow would be a small trailer or my 14ft boat with a 10 horse on it. I really have no need for a larger engine. I've been looking all week, and man it can get frustrating. I'm off to look at another in and hour. BTW, has anyone heard of drive shaft twist or somethign like that on rangers? In the 4x4's i've test driven so far..when accelerating from a stop and stopping you can feel it shake a lil' bit. Have you ever seen/heard this, and how bad of a problem is it?
 

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It's not a horrible shake, light...but enough to feel it. I test drove one tonight that I would really like. And boy is it a steal. Problem is it has a salvage title. I won't go too much into it, other than it drives right and straight. A few scratches on the bed, a good paintjob, tonneau, visor and 4WD. it's a 3.0 and thats all I need. Wish me luck, now to get teh loan approved. :thumbsup:
 

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Trois, I'm glad to hear that the Ranger you drove did this too. When I test drove mine, the guy that owned it told me it did this since he owned it so I believed him. It's just like a slight stutter almost from a stop.

Donell it's definitely low gearing for a small truck. It's got the 4.0 litre in it too. Check out your dad's owner's manual. It's in there under the specs.

I checked my mileage after driving two and a half hours on the highway. 17 mpg out of a V6 :thumbsdown:. My dad's 2500HD Sierra gets about 22 on the highway with the duramax in it. He loves giving me crap about that.
 

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Stay away from those Ferds and you wouldn't have to be swapping gears in a new truck! Have you thought about getting tall skinny tires? The taller the tire will lower your rpms. I guess you probably can't tuck a taller 33" tire unless you lift though.
 

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Yeah I'd definitely have to lift 'er to get away with a bigger tire. I think they are 30's on there right now, so they are already a pretty good sized tire. Who knows though, I might just have to do a small body lift to sneak a little taller tire in there.

There's also a chance I might just sell it and get a full sized truck that'll get the same mileage. We'll see?
 

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Have you thought about getting tall skinny tires? The taller the tire will lower your rpms.
You and yer skinny sity boy tires!!! :hammering:

Up here we like 'em tall and Wide!!! :salude:
-Stouff
 

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There's also a chance I might just sell it and get a full sized truck that'll get the same mileage. We'll see?
Now we're talkin!

Finally..... You start to listen to 'ol Stouff! :hammering:

-Stouff
 
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