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#1134 of 1143 standard cab
Feb 22, 2004 (8:41 pm)
Personally I prefer the standard cab Ranger. Less weight, easier to park. Looks better to me too. Also I like having the frame around me for protection. I have the 3.0 and auto trans.
Mar 05, 2004 (5:50 am)
go for the extended cab, I've had both and extended is well worth what it costs. Be aware however a 4cyl extended cab is really underpowered. go for a 3.0 (pings & all). It will pay for itself in short time in overall gas savings. If you do any hwy travel at all the 4cyl will drop to < 19 MPG. I have a 01 4.0 and it will get 24-25 on hwy with air 70MPH. My old 4 cyl would drop to 17 in same conditions.
Note resale value. Look for 2-3 years old and save 50% or more. I made expensive mistake in that I just had to have the new 4.0L in 01. Should have waited....
Good luck, its a good truck
#1137 of 1143 Tire Recommendations Needed
Mar 14, 2004 (11:17 am)
I have a 97 Ranger 4x4 Super Cab in need of new tires. The size on there now is 31x10.5x15 and I would like to stay with the same wheels. I live on the coast of Washington state, so the conditions are rainy and mild temps. We can drive on the beach here, so having tires that would be good in sand are important. My other main criteria is for something that is quient on the highway. This is not a daily driver and would not be used for a lot of highway miles, but I would like a tire that is good for at least 50K miles.
My price range is intermediate.
Any specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Also, please give any info on which tire brands are good or bad to buy. Thanks very much.
#1138 of 1143 4 cylinder question
Mar 14, 2004 (11:55 am)
Why don't they make a 4x4 2.3I Ranger? I would definitely buy that truck, put a turbo or super charger in it. Since they don't what would a FX4 get mpg wise. With a standard tranny?
by the way what are the 3.0, and 4.0 gas mileage with a standard tranny, with 4x4 or FX4.
Also what is the replacement for the 3.0 going to be.
#1139 of 1143 Oil Dip Stick
Mar 15, 2004 (2:00 pm)
I just purchased an 04 Ranger XLT and have a question about the oil dip stick. I've asked a couple of dealers and they have different answers.
The stick has two holes drilled into it, one for the "Add" mark and one (I presume) for the "Full" mark. The odd thing is from the lower hole to a spot dead center between the holes is the typical hash marks one would normally see when there are no holes at all.
So the question, is the oil full when it's at the top of the hash mark (center of holes) or when it reaches the top hole?
#1140 of 1143 Hmmmm.....Leather?
Mar 17, 2004 (7:12 am)
I read on another website this morning that the Ranger is gonna be offered with leather seating some point in the 2004 model year.
Thats the first I have heard of it.
Would be interesting to see.....I always thought a Ranger King Ranch Edition would be cool!
Mar 17, 2004 (7:31 pm)
It in the options list now. I don't know about what else you also have to order....
I've never seen one.
And, I think it's bucket seats only, not 60/40.
#1142 of 1143 Fuel Economy
Mar 18, 2004 (10:36 am)
I have a 2001 Ranger XLT 4x4 with the 4.0L SOHC and manual transmission, and usually get about 17 - 18mpg, right in between the rated 15mpg city and 20mpg highway. This truck is not any better on gas than a full size with a small V8. The front driveline is always turning, so that contributes a lot of drag and affects the fuel economy, especially when the weather turns cold.
I have seen some Rangers on the lot with the leather bucket seats, they look good. I like the higher backrests on the 2004 models.
#1143 of 1143 Not any better than a full sized?
Mar 19, 2004 (7:54 am)
Eh? My 04 Dakota Quad V8 barely manages 15 most of the time. Most of the full sized trucks I know of get less, and would kill to get what you're getting.
As for tires...Bridgestone Dueller APT IIs where the last set on my Ranger. I put them on at 90 and they barely look worn when I got rid of the truck at 107K. In fact I had an oil change at about 100K and they thought I had just put on brand new tires when they had 10K on them.
These tires got great traction in snow and sand, but the handling sucked. VERY floaty in tight corners and made for squishy transitions on the highway. But they were definitely quiet. I paid about 400 at Sears before all the extra stuff like mounting and balancing.