does anyone know what the future of the ranger is after 2009
The people over at AutoNews revealed that the Ranger will make it as far as the 2009 model year before shuffling off the mortal coil. Fans of the small truck may be sad to see it go, but after 15 years without a serious model upgrade there just wasn't a lot of motivation in continuing the Ranger.
No serious word on a future replacement as Ford seems ready to cede small trucks (and small profits) to the competition in favor of the F-Series and crossovers/SUVs.
It is sad, the Ranger had a good run, but who knows they might bring it back in a couple of years.
Yes it is very sad, but I have heard and read rumors that they are making a mid-size truck called the f-100, might be out for 2010. I also heard they might be bringing back the ranger in 2012.
They might be moving the date of the ranger to 2011 instead of 2009. I read it in the paper a few days ago
I had one back around 2001 and I absolutely hated it. Had nothing but issues and the thing slid all over the road in the winter. No traction at all mostly because it was so light. Then I had the alternator die when I'd only had it three months and something else that I can't remember right now. I told the dealership to take the thing back or I'd drive it through their display window.
My father in law bought one five months ago and had the misfortune to have a wreck in it two months later. He really liked it too, it was a lot easier on gas than the big van he is driving now.
This year our family said goodbye to our beloved Ranger. It belonged to my father and had been there for us during our moves. Whenever one of our other cars was in the shop it was the Ranger to the rescue. In fact, the day it met it's untimely demise it was filling in for my brothers disabled truck. He had borrowed the Ranger from dad to tow a trailer hauling his mowing equipment. A car ran a stop sign crossing the highway and the Ranger ended up in the field – totaled. Brother called and when Dad arrived he went immediately out to the field to check on the truck. My brother was standing with the car owner by her vehicle. She asked him who that was in the field and when he said, “That's my dad. It's his truck.” She said, “He looks sad.” Dad misses his Ranger and so do we everytime we need a truck.
We had an 1988 we bought out in SoCal used. We had a cap and a custom carpet kit that had compartments and padding to use it as a sleeper, etc. It went cross country twice. My dad loved his truck as well. When my mom cracked the head in the engine it sat while my dad worked on locating an affordable engine. It was supposed to become mine at 16, but it died the year before and they wouldn't let me find an engine using my own ways. He even used to take it down long dirt roads in the mud and it never let him down. It fit 15 bales of hay. we finally sold it to someone who needed a new bed for his. The rest of it still sits in his yard. My dad smiles every time we pass it.
I think some of the newer ones weren't as nice as ours, but its always been a lovely little truck.