2006 2 door XLT Supercab. Bought new, my first Ranger was a used 1998. That one cost me $10,500 to drive it 198,000 miles. Had to change timing belt @100k and not enough ponies(120hp) to get me on the hiway safely. '06 was a great year for Ford. Many models favored by owners, and this Ranger is no exception. If you need a daily driver or second vehicle, this is the one. I have taken 1/2 cord wood, 1/2 ton stone dust and many another load everywhere. Every summer weekend the 11 foot boat is slipped in the bed with motor and coolers off to a new lake fishing. I frequently check the rear view to make sure the boat is still there, you never feel the added weight and acceleration and mpg are barely affected. This 2.3ltr., 5 spd. stick is quick and the suspension responsive. I average 25mpg overall but have done 28-30 at a steady 45. 65mph cruising to work is 27mpg. The CD works as new, AC plenty cold, and nothing has broken prematurely during my 7 year ownership since new. I now have 250K, started shopping for a newer Ranger but don't have a good enough reason to buy one...because the only issue is mine is older. Tire pressure monitoring is not needed, nor are the newer gadgetry, this "old" '06 is fine for another 100k. I never agreed with some posts that the interior is cheap or not modern. My drivers seat has not sagged nor disappointed in comfort like my '98. Yes, I now have torn stitching but I never had a seat cover. Electrically, the alternator ceases at 100-120k. One headlight bulb, parking and dome light, replaced in 250k. Beat that Toyota! She doesn't burn oil as I have always run Motorcraft synthetic. The first 200k, I drove it 80mph to and from work, 100+ miles daily. I don't go over 75mph now. I have the jump seats in back for extra passengers which may only be sized for children but will easily accommodate an adult on a short trip. My only gripe with the 2 door extended cab is my laundry baskets have to be stuffed to get in the rear section. The Newfoundland doesn't! Just now started getting rust on the welded lip under the bed rail. I wax it good in spring and fall covering all painted surfaces including door jams. The drivers side carpet got a hole through the mat and carpet after one year and 40k. That was a disappointment. The rotors were warped somehow and were replaced at 50k. I put on taller tires and mags to cool it up and much more could've been done to it because of all the aftermarket goodies out there but I like it as is.
Another gripe which may be solely dependent on the garage I take it to is the slave cylinder replacement which is located inside the tranny bell housing. The first one ceased at 173K so clutch was also replaced for $800. That repair failed again at 242K. I had a highly recommended garage do the second repair work so I am keeping my fingers crossed, especially since it was $1300. The fan clutch stopped sometime around 200k and was replaced for $45. Maybe you can understand why I have kept this vehicle so long having seen these high mileage repairs and their low costs. I have been very satisfied with all aspects of this model. I am 6'3", 250lbs. and if at any time I felt this Ranger was too small or road dangerous, I would have parted with it a long time ago. Unfortunately, Ford stopped building Rangers in 2012 so if you want one, they are in great abundance used. Inexpensive to operate, very good on fuel, 1/2 ton rating and most any color. When I finally decide on a newer truck, I may be looking at the new F150 with eco-boost said to get 24mpg but until then, my 2006 will suffice!