• Dec 8th 2011 at 7:00PM
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The Ranger pickup has been an integral part of the Ford truck lineup for decades. But later this month, that will cease to be – at least here in the States. That's when the very last Ranger will roll off the assembly line in St. Paul, Minnesota. And what do you know, it's already found a buyer.

The last Ranger has been sold to Orkin, the pest control company that already relies on fleets of white Rangers (and Chevrolet Colorado pickups) with the red diamond logo on the door and all manner of insecticides and other tools of the trade in the back.

"Since 1983, Orkin has used the Ford Ranger as its primary fleet vehicle because it's a reliable and economical truck," Paul Youngpeter, Director of Fleet for Rollins, Inc. (Orkin's parent company) tells Autoblog. "We're honored that Ford has agreed that we will get the last Ranger, and we'll put into our regular service rotation before it's retired to our corporate archives or used for training."

Orkin says they've got enough Rangers to last them for now, and that the company will pick a successor when the time comes. For our part, it seems only fitting to us that a terminated model should be used by exterminators, but one way or another, at least the final Ranger will be put to good use.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Why couldn't the last one go into the Ford Museum? (Which what they should have done with the last Mercury).
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm surprised they didn't do this as well. Seems like they just don't even care about the Ranger being discontinued...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Small trucks are dying because of dealers. I had every intention of buying a smaller truck when I signed the papers on my Sierra. The rebates on the Sierra brought a loaded $43K truck down to a price below the best offer I could get on a loaded Canyon Extended Cab. My Stepfather had a hell of a time buying a small truck. The dealers kept trying to put him into a full size when he knew good and well that his garage was too small for a full size truck and well beyond his needs.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very unfortunate. Ford, you are making a big mistake.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never really liked the Ranger, but I can see why it was popular with city dwellers who occasionally needed at least a small truck bed. I am surprised that Ford is killing it off with no replacement and leaving the small domestic truck market to GM..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if some of you that keep saying "I was going to buy one someday" had actually gotten off your duffs and bought one maybe ford would have enouph sales numbers to justify keeping it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I did buy one. A 2001, and before that my first truck was a 1990 Bronco 2, which was pretty much a short ranger with a built in camper shell. As Sealy said, the real problem is Ford did absolutly nothing with the Ranger. Last year when my wife was shopping for a new car we went to the Ford dealership and while she was looking at cars I hopped into a new Ranger in the showroom. It felt like I was sitting in my own almost 10 year old truck. Almost everything looked and felt the same. That may be a good thing to some people, but 10 years without substantial changes is WAY too long. Look how often they update the f-150. And while the f-150 may get better gas mileage now, and hopefully ford is listening, I DON"T WANT A F-150!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a smaller truck the general size of the Ranger. Not really even a midsize. And from the other comments here, it looks like others want the same.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to work at Orkin just so I can wear a hardhat with a tie. Isnt this where Mork is from?
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      My mother in law will or has welded the rocker assemblies for the final Ranger. She has been a plant worker for just about 10 years. I was at the final tour of the plant two weeks ago. Extremely sad to see a plant with such history be shuttered and destroyed. Even the plant workers agree: Toss 2.0l Eco and a 2.0 diesel engine in and upgrade the interior: sell 10 times the volume.
      Nick Stürtz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Ranger that I inherited from my father after he passed away (this was his second one). The only option it has is A/C. I don't use it often, but it's a good little truck for hauling things and would probably meet the needs of 85% of city people who have full sized trucks. It's too bad that small trucks are dying in the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There goes the last manual transmission in a Ford truck until the F250 in it's 6,500lb gross vehicle weight EPA-exempt glory. It won't fit in a standard garage (too tall) and my buddies gets around 16mpg highway with the 5.4 V8. So there goes any chance of ever buying a Ford truck. When you put a manual back in it we'll talk. Now Autoblog, tell me how crazy I am and how wrong I am and how much better the repair bill will be when fixing the auto instead of the manual. Or just attack me personally or say I'm annoying. (sarcasm)
      • 3 Years Ago
      So sad to see the ranger go :( Ford really needs to reconsider letting the ranger go..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still wish Ford had upgraded the motor and transmission on the Ranger to achieve thirty miles a gallon on the highway. Can't the current four cylinder engine trace its roots back to the Pinto?
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