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Nov 19, 2000 (12:25 am)
Had to skip around quite a bit following a trail of dead topics to find you guys. I test drove a 2001 extended cab XLT today and was les than impressed. The 4.0 V6 felt like it had a good kick off the line and then leveled off and got weaker and weaker as speeds increased. The automatic seemed to have been programmed by a drunk engineer. And what's with those cheap, plasticky looking tie down bars on the bed rails? I'll take some real stainless steal ones over those anyday. I love Rangers, but it seems to me like Ford made lots of mistakes on this redesign, another one of which is the styling. First word it brings to mind? Appliance!
I think maybe I'll be holding on to my '95 until the next redesign in 2003.
#189 of 1143 Off -Road Pkg
Nov 20, 2000 (7:42 am)
Anyone heard anything about when the 2001 Ranger Premium Off-Road Package will hit the dealerships? And will it be available on the Edge model?
Nov 21, 2000 (3:26 am)
What I have heard around the net is this package will become available for order sometime in the Jan-Feb time frame. This is just from what I have heard from visiting other web site chat rooms.
This offroad pkg is going to be awesome. Much more functional for the everyday user than the Toyota TRD package. So many people by this package unaware of what a locker is or does and that it can only be engaged in 4low and when its not engaged its an open axle. The LSD is much more functional for everyday use.
#191 of 1143 Ranger Edge 4.0 2wd
Nov 21, 2000 (5:13 am)
Does this truck even exist? It seems after looking at brochures and the internet, the 4.0l is only available on a 4wd Edge. I like the 2wd Edge because it is high, good for visibility, and equally important , less chances of scraping the tailpipe on steep ramps when carrying a heavy payload. But I want the bigger V-6, since it tows more, get better mileage, and has more pep. It overall looks cool, except for the bedrails. And I like the vynil floor covering very much. It think this truck can pretty much beat a Tacoma Prerunner (2000 Tacoma Prerunner is the coolest looking truck, me thinks) except on payload and rear child safety seat provisions. I want a Ranger Edge 4.0l V-6 2wd SC Styleside, with 3.55 LSD, 5/Auto, 4 door and the 1600 lb payload. Anyone knows if this actually exists? Dealers don't know much, and FordVehicles don't have the 2001 Ranger listed yet. By the way, can a Ranger handle a 2000 lb payload and not break or be too dangerous in an emergency?
#192 of 1143 Ranger Edge 4.0 2wd
Nov 21, 2000 (1:49 pm)
Nope, I would have liked that set-up, too, but Ford will only let you have the 4.0L in the 4x4 Edge, or in an XLT.
You may want to consider the Mazda clone. You can get what you want (mostly) with the "Dual Sport" package. 2wd, 4.0L, LSD, Auto and 4 door. Personally, I don't like the look of the Mazda, and I was able to get a great deal on a Ford, but this may be right for you.
I also have found that Ford will only let me have the 4.10 LSD with my 4.0L, so you may have problems getting the 3.55 LSD. However, I'm getting a 4x4.
#193 of 1143 Ordered my Ranger
Nov 21, 2000 (2:05 pm)
After going back and forth, I decided I couldn't get a 2wd Ranger without Limited Slip. Not with the work I do and the winters where I live.
I considered an F-150 with a LSD, but settled on a 4x4 Ranger, for $1,500 cheaper and easier manueverability. After all, I have a dump truck I can use to haul big loads, and the wife's car for multiple people (I've carried more than one passenger in my car about a dozen times in three years, so I don't see the extra room in the F-150 as critical).
So the dealer is building me a 2001 Ranger XLT with the 4.0L, the 5 speed Auto, Extended Cab, Power Package and the 4.10 Limited Slip. I actually had them try to order the 3.73 Limited Slip, but they said that Ford would only put that on the 3.0L engine.
I decided I'd rather have the extra expense up front and in insurance to get the Limited Slip and the 4x4 and better resale value. (In my area, everyone is convinced that they MUST HAVE 4x4, and these trucks sell amazingly quick, regardless of condition, while 2wd trucks take a long, long time to sell). I still wish I could have gotten a regular old 2wd Ranger with a LSD, but Ford's scheme worked, and they got me to spend more money than I planned. Still, I'm better off than if I'd gotten a Nissan Frontier, 2wd LSD, since I got a great deal and lotsa power.
Sorry about the long post, but if you look back through the postings you may realize that this was a long, painful process to get to this point! And now all I have to do I sell my car to avoid getting screwed on trade-in.
#194 of 1143 Mazda DS vs Ranger Edge
Nov 21, 2000 (9:14 pm)
As far as looks go, and the functionality of what I have in mind, I really would like the Edge. But I want the 4.0l in a lifted 4x2 without having to spend money on lifting it. I have looked at Mazda B4000 DS and it has everything I like in what the Ford Ranger Edge, except for the vynil seat. Besides, it does have a sexier looking box which unlike the flairside, doesn't reduce inner volume capacity. But what I can't find in Mazda's list of options is the 1600 lb payload. Does Mazda have this option, because anything less that 1500 lbs I consider a weakling.
#195 of 1143 A quick question for you fine people
Nov 22, 2000 (3:30 am)
Recently decided it was time to upgrade from my 98 2WD Reg. Cab Ranger to "The Edge" 4WD Ext. Cab Reg. Bed. Saw it-loved it-drove it-loved it more. For 22 Grand (invoice) what more could you want. That is of course my opinion but anyway. I read in a Moter Trend Mag recently (not sure which issue) and it said that the new edge would have a optional killer sound system with the in-dash CD changer I believe and a 10" sub with amp and other nice goodies. I believe they said it was awesome but I can't find the issue or I'd quote you. I asked the dealer about it and I got the usual answer I get when I have a question. If it isn't on the lot they don't have a clue. So do any of you have a clue as to what I am talking about or did I just dream that article up. I am not a boom head at all but would not mind paying a "few" extra bucks to get a "much" better stereo-factory stock. And like I said the article said it was great. So if you know anything I would appreciate it. Thanks---------Ken
Nov 22, 2000 (4:47 am)
What you are talking about is called the Tremor Package and its new. It consists of a Pioneer sound system w/ amp, 10" subwoofer, 4 pioneer 5x7's and I think it may come with 2 tweeters. it is linked with the 6 disc in dash cd player.
#197 of 1143 Mazda DS vs Ranger Edge
Nov 22, 2000 (1:22 pm)
As I understand it, the payload is somewhat dependant on the build of the truck, but also the spring/shock set-up. The Mazda can't be much different than the Ford, I'd think, and maybe with aftermarket suspension bits you can make up the difference.