• Nov 20th 2007 at 2:58PM
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One little fact buried in the linked piece about Ford's $2 billion UAW savings is this: the Ranger is dead come 2009. It has been known for a while that the Twin Cities Plant in St. Paul, MN that makes the Ranger would close, and the closure date has been pushed back one year, to 2009. The Cleveland plant that casts engine blocks will also close that year. Credit goes to Automotive News for teasing out these new nuggets of info.

We wrote earlier about possible rescue scenarios for the Ranger, but it looks like the Ranger mine has been shut down and sealed off. Mulally has said that Ford will be more forthcoming about its plans at the Detroit show, so anything is still possible. However, after 26 years, it looks like the compact pickup truck thrill is gone. For you Ranger fans out there, the tune you're looking for is "Taps."

[Source: Auto News, sub req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Smooth move, Ford. And my next truck was going to be a Ranger.

      I've had two -- a '92 and a '97 -- and bought an F-150 because I thought I "needed" a bigger truck.

      I like my F-150, but I LOVED my Rangers. Both of them were well past 210,000 miles when they died, and they were four-bangers. The '92, which had a cap on the bed, regularly got over 28 MPG on the road -- one trip, I even got over 35 MPG -- and the '97, which was a SuperCab, got 24-26 no matter how I drove it.

      My F-150 is doing well to get 17 MPG.

      Since I won't be in the market until after '09, I guess the next truck will be a used Ranger, because I've tried all the others and none "fit" me like the Ranger does. And the gas mileage of all of the other not-quite-full-size-yet-not-quite-compact trucks just plain sucks.

      Note to Ford: Thanks for NOTHING. You give the rest of the world your best stuff and leave the crap at the bottom of the barrel for us here in the U.S. That's worse than a shame. It's a crime.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Built Ford Tough just lost one of it's pieces. The Ranger was a good little truck.

      It deserved FAR more support than it received. Not everyone wants or needs a big full-size truck.

      Are Ford and GM just giving away the market segment to the imports? The Colorado, et al. seem like underpowered toys, no different than some of the imports. At least the ranger felt substantial, despite being small.

      Honda Ridgeline, Tacoma (So freaking UGLY), and Nissan Frontier, or whatever they are calling it now... I guess have no real robust american trucks to compete with.

      That is kind of sad, considering how american brands have pretty much defined pickup truck markets until now. They lost the ability to define car markets long ago, now they faltering on compact trucks...
      • 7 Years Ago
      read again - the Range is not dead.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Stupid is as stupid does.....

      The Rangers (I owned) were the best vehicles I had in my 50 years of car ownership. I had three, an '87, '90, and a '94...the '94 I kept for 11 years...and traded up to a F-150 in '05....Big mistake. Really think Ford is messin' up big time by leaving the small truck market at a time when this segment could be a winner for them with a small investment. I won't replace my bigass F-150 with another F-150 that's for sure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 93 4cyl 2.3l automatic Ranger has 130,000 miles on the odo and it doesn,t need any oil added between changes. The little fellow is rough and tough and a joy to drive and park. I have had 1000 pounds of rock in it on several occasions and it performed great. The factory air has never been recharged either. Oh WELL. another bone haed move by a US auto maker.
      James Peters
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like many vehicles, Ford neglected the Ranger for years. It should have been completely redesigned more than 5 years ago. It is no longer competitive with the Tacoma and Frontier.

      Given the upcoming mileage pressures, they should replace it with a truck of similar size with a ~2-3 liter diesel engine.
      • 7 Years Ago

      you must really have a heavy foot. my 2006 Ram Hemi (with MDS) has never even come close to the numbers you have.

      I tow a 5,000 pound car hauler, and the absolute lowest MPG I've ever seen was 15.2, and that was driving into a 45 MPH headwind.

      my average mileage towing with the 5,000 pound trailer is 16.4 MPG, and about 20.8 without a trailer. I have 52,000 miles on the truck right now, and that is the cumulative MPG. I track every tank. my average trip is about 7,000 miles, and covers every possible terrain.

      I know many folks towing the same weight with diesels, and their mileage is not any better.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I had an 86 extended cab ranger. On Mother's day of
      1988, I was involved in a head on collision with a much
      bigger Monti Carlo. The Ranger was totally trashed, but
      the seat belts worked, the way the floor board folded,
      the engine absorbed the energy of the car, and the frame
      held up all protected my wife, my daughter, and myself
      from what looked like no chance. We were all hurt, but did not lose our lives. My ranger was tough.It may have had old technology, but it pulled my trailer better than the chevy I previously owned, and looked good to boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i will never buy ford again,period.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a 1997 RANGER and I love it. It's just the right size & does what I want it to do. All th new trucks are gigantic, mfgrs forget that it was not the business industry that made p'ups popular- - it was we who wanted a 2nd vehicle that was not another car / sta. wagon. Ford really screwed up on this one unless they change their minds. They did the same thing with the F-100. I had an '82/V6 & it was great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      they should have brought over the euro Ranger its pretty nice

      also they are missing out

      i know alot of people who love that truck and buy it cause they cant afford a big truck
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