Almost 70 yr.-old male, bought this 4.0L, 4x4, AT SOHC truck May '15, used, with 157000 miles on it and in good-to-decent condition, mechanically and visually. I checked online reviews for small picku...
Almost 70 yr.-old male, bought this 4.0L, 4x4, AT SOHC truck May '15, used, with 157000 miles on it and in good-to-decent condition, mechanically and visually. I checked online reviews for small pickups (wanted a TOYOTA). For thousand$ le$$, this vehicle passed an emissions test (CO) without any $hop time, and out of pocket expense (except for new air filter, just in case). Used it right away to help a friend move out of a 2800sqft, 4 bdrm, 3 car garage home and it performed without a hitch. Transported large and small appliances, yard debris, countless moving boxes, furniture, large potted plants without a problem. All I added was fuel, at 15-17mpg, not great, but I figured, it's a 4WD truck! It's not a daily driver, but whenever I need to, I haul bicycles, Lowe's/HomeDepot, big box-store stuff, anything I want without question or concern. Interior is storage challenged, ride's a bit rough, seat headrests are not adjustable, air flow could be better, rear jumpseats ,on XLT 4-dr model, is laughable (but do-able)! Also have owned the '96 Mazda B2600i (maker of all the Rangers back then) and '85 F150 (new, lease) in my history. Also experienced the "joy/buyer remorse" of three separate Ford vans.
I simply enjoy this truck! Would buy again in a heartbeat! Might check out the manual tranny mode (for added mpg), but not well reviewed. Ya don't get much more. Get one if you find a granny/barn "gem."