• May 16, 2006

While North America's Ford Ranger predates the Mesozoic era, the Blue Oval continues to update its small pickup entries around the world. In this case, the automaker has unveiled the limited-edition 'Montana,' available the standard range of 4x2 and 4x4 drivelines, and Double and Super Cab configurations.

While the resulting product remains far from cutting edge, it is nice to see Ford investing in the Ranger nameplate, if only abroad. In South African trim, the Montana is motivated by a 2.5-liter 12-valve oil-burner, with a standard-fit differential lock.

Primarily, the new model is an exercise in 'trim and tape,' with a healthy portion of stainless steel addenda (brush guard, step rails, etc.); along with a bespoke tonneau cover and 15" alloy wheels the obligatory set of decals.

Inside, the Montana receives black leather chairs with contrasting red stitching, and high levels of equipment, including a/c, power windows/locks/mirrors and a compact disc player.

Click through to the Wheels24 feature for more shots of the interior and exterior.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Michelle, I'll buy whatever suits me best, you bigot.
      Tee
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since 1993 I have owned 5 Rangers!I only changed them for a different color. My favorites have been the "SPLASH". I've had 3 of them! Any body can break any truck...but for me, if you got 500 other trucks and 1 Ranger, You got a well stocked junk yard and a smooth ride home! Keep your Bowties & Rice burners.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tony (#9), Except for maybe GM (!), is any automaker really improving the mileage of their trucks and SUVs? Toyota sure isn't. Nissan? nope. Honda doesn't have anything larger than the Pilot/Ridgeline, which only get average mileage for what they are. Chrysler? you must be joking.

      So exactly how is ford more "out of touch with it's customers' needs" than any other automaker?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem I have with a Ranger, (I used to own a 97 Ranger supercab 4.0) Loved the truck. But I wouldn't buy one today, the reason... it looks almost the same as my old 1997 ranger, I am not going to spend that kind of money on a new truck without getting some updated styling, performancea and the bells and whistles. The compitition keeps updating, restyling their trucks. Ford has gone the cheap route of putting no money in the Ranger program so they can make more profit. Alot like the Taurus, no R&D work just pump the same old car out so they are making more money on them.

      The problem with that is.... People are not buying Ford's or other American cars. they look Blah, they are expensive compaired to the compitition. I have been a Ford owner for years, my family has always bought Fords. The last few years, They have bought a Mini, Honda Minivan, Nissan and VW.. You get more quality, and features from the imports not to mention resale value. Ford doesn't have anything out there worth buying... what they do have isn't even built in the states anymore... they are built in Canda, Mexico so I might as well buy a Honda, BMW built in the US
      • 8 Years Ago
      nissan. gee, that's the automaker that when they first came to america called themselves datsun. they were so ashamed of their cars they would'nt put their real name on it. buy a blue car, get a green interior, buy a green car, get a red interior, bring a wide assortment of metric tool on any trip over a mile, cause your sure gonna need em. do i sound anti japanese? after a horrible experience with a tundra, and a nightmare with nissan maxima, i woke up. back to ford and gm. my son has a 98 ranger with 91k, his only problem was a u-joint. his previous was a 95 frontier, shifting problems, rusted out box, everything in the dash rattled after the first 2k, two fuel pumps, and a water pump. sold it to his best of which no longer speaks to him. if a ranger was a bit bigger, i'd buy one in a hertbeat. settled for a f150. sorry i strayed ford and gm, it won't happen again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've enjoyed excellent reliability with my 104,000 mile 1997 Ranger.

      I had the battery and the oxygen sensor fail during the warranty period. Both failed away from my dealer and the dealers called upon to do the work got me in and out the same day. No Ford dealer horror stories here.

      After the warranty, the starter failed. that was 3 years ago.

      The vehicle does what I want it to when I want it to and gets 20+ mpg.

      Even though I have had excellent service, if I had to go into the truck market for any reason, I'd also check out the Colorado since it has a 4-cylinder that doesn't date clear back to the Pinto, is more powerful, and has comparable gas mileage.

      I automatically rejected the S-10 in 1997 because nobody I knew with one liked theirs. I'd give the Colorado a good look, though.

      • 8 Years Ago
      On some of the truck sites I visit people say the Ranger has the duribility of the older Toyota Tacoma 4 cylinder.

      Why should Ford change a good truck? The Ranger looks as fresh as it did 15 years ago.

      Too many good vehicles got the axe too soon in years past.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Ranger will out last any Japanese piece of crap on the market!!! So stop wasting time on blogging about the Ranger. I have owned two in the past and had no problems whatsoever. BUY AMERICAN!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      well, is it just me, or is this SoAfrican version of the ranger better looking than the US version...

      dump the crap powerdome hood please... if i were looking at pickups i dont need an empty cavern under the hood, id rather have a real compact pickup; none of this midsize versus full (ginormous) size, thank you.. too bad the closest thing to that is the Subie Baja.

      how long at 3+ a gallon will it take for big truck (mid and fullsize) sales to lag enough to get the automakers to bring back the real compact truck?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Gale. My '92 Ranger lost its transmission before it hit 60K. All I pulled with it was a single Sea Doo and trailer. I got the trans fixed under warranty only to have the head gasket blow at 72,000. The Ford dealer tried to tell me the head was shot. I finally got that fixed and proceeded to have electrical problems until I sold it for peanuts at 90K. Worst vehicle I've ever owned. I'll never buy domestic again. I have a Nissan Frontier now with 80,000 on it and it's never been in the shop once.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gale what are you talking about that Ford is out of touch with its customer base? They listened to their customers with the Ford F150 FX2. This truck is meant for people who want a the sporty looks of the FX4, without paying extra for four wheel drive. Get your information right before you speak.
      dave
      • 8 Years Ago
      I laugh at some of these truck discussions. Which trucks are the special operations personel i.e. Delta, Seals, Green Berets, and Rangers using in Afghanistan and Iraq???...TOYOTAS AND NISSANS!!! Please know what you are talking about before you knock these companies. If you had a bad experience with a truck then fine but don't knock PPROVEN manufacturers. BTW, the Honda Ridgeline was rated the bet truck 05-06. I'm a fan of Dodge trucks so don't be calling me a domestic hater.
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