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Old 07-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
robertc1024
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Location: San Marcos, TX
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Vehicle Model: 2008 F150
I use this vehicle for: teach my boys to not get rid of a Ranger.
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This is funny. I did just the opposite. I agree with your assesment whole heartedly. I went looking for a newer Ranger, and couldn't find any without a zillion miles, beat to death or more expensive than an F150. I ended up getting a super clean 08 F150 with 50k. I much prefered the Ranger's convenience and size. The F150 has the 4.6 and it gets ~3 MPG less than the Ranger and equates to ~$30/month for me. It is also a slow pig.

The real game changers for me were:
1. It's a lot newer vehicle and will probably be more reliable.
2. Ownership costs are almost the same - insurance is a little higher, but tolerable.
3. It has A/C.
4. It can tow my boat.
5. I can carry more that one passenger unless somebody wants to be a contortionist in the jump seats.

If I had found a newer Ranger, I probably would have jumped on it. I certainly like driving it better than the F150. In the end, I kept my old Ranger to play around in.
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