New ford ranger

Hi all,
We are looking at buying a new tow vehicle, has any one had an experience with the new ford ranger ?
Any feed back would be appreciated.

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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Feb 05, 2012 at 17:51

Sunday, Feb 05, 2012 at 17:51
One of our members won a contest in regards to testing and reviewing the Ranger. His blog is HERE.

Send him an MM regarding it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Expanda- Sunday, Feb 05, 2012 at 18:13

Sunday, Feb 05, 2012 at 18:13
Thanks Mick,
I will check it out.

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Reply By: gbc - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 06:36

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 06:36
I've towed a 680 haines hunter (3400k.g) with the new one. It was only for a half an hour test run, but we literally took it up to 100 k.p.h., put the cruise control on, and there she stayed. A very impressive tow vehicle. My uncle bought it on the spot.

Putting the boat back onto the 3l patrol was quite depressing I can tell you.

The ranger is 1.5t load rated so the springs coped famously - I'm not sure you'd even need to change them - something I haven't said in years....

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Follow Up By: Member - Expanda- Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 06:41

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 06:41
sounds great, was it auto or manual?
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Follow Up By: gbc - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 07:42

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 07:42
auto - do they still make manual utes? Seriously I'd say you've got rocks in your head buying a manual for towing these days.
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Reply By: supa D - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 08:21

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 08:21
I noticed on this forum in the last week that someone has had an issue with the clutch and Ford wouldn't cover the warranty. Went on to say that Ford quoted around $4000 to repair. The article also mentioned that it wasn't an isolated problem when towing. It may be worth looking back. Only a few days ago.
Good luck Hope it works out for you whichever way you go.
Supa D
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Follow Up By: Member - tdv - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 10:15

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 10:15
I'm pretty sure that was the old model, not the new PX. Agree that the cost was still crazy!
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:55

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:55
I thought it was the new model also. There have been some reports of issues with manual's and clutches towing. The information was not in depth so hard to make too many conclusions
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 15:03

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 15:03
thread 91573 just re read it pk ford ranger /bt50
and reference to th-70939 was also made re modifying the low range switch wiring so low range can be used as rear 2wd low when reversing while towing
the runout pk model ranger and equivalent mazda bt50 are the problem dual -mass clutches because 1st gear and reverse are to high a ratio

the problem is not in the new 5 cylinder px models as we hope they have illiminated that with the new h/duty clutch and engine trans package
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Reply By: Member - tdv - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 10:23

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 10:23
Hi Expanda

I was the lucky one who managed to win one of these. I still don't have my prize though! It is a long story but hopefully I'll have it by the end of this month.

I did a review a few weeks ago -it is here

I am driving one as a loaner and have driven an XLT auto constantly since mid December plus for a few weeks in August 2011. I tow mostly for my business and it is brilliant at it. I love all the standard inclusions such as diff lock, climate control, tub liner, sway control, parking sensors etc etc. Sorry I am starting to sound like a salesman!

If you can find a dealer with one in stock take a test drive to compare. There a huge delays in getting them though. You could wait up to 3 months at least. If you can get past the unique looks, the Mazda might be better value for practically the same vehicle underneath.

Cheers, Terry
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:42

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:42
G'day Terry, I was under the impression the new Ranger was other than a rebadged
Mazda, but apparently not. The only downside I have read is re the towbar location,
perhaps that was from you. So this thing is still a Mazda in disguise?......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - tdv - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:55

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:55
Hi Oldbaz

The information I have is that the Ranger was designed in Melbourne at the Ford headquarters. The engine is Ford as is the gearbox. I think Mazda had some engineers on the project but largely a Ford Australia led team.

Mazda then put their own design on the body work and interior.

I could be wrong of course and will happily stand corrected.

And yes the towbar design on the Ranger is terrible for offroad duties. It hangs too low reducing departure angles and can act as a grader blade at times. The position of the plug is poor as well but easily removed and repositioned. However it is VERY solid and copes easily with heavy tow weights and hasn't stopped me getting anywhere despite some fairly rough and tumble tracks.

In fairness to Ford when I attended the Melbourne motorshow (at their expense :-)) for the official unveiling, the chief design engineer asked what I thought. My first comments were I loved the look etc but was concerned about the towbar design (which later proved accurate). He was immediately on the phone to the factory in Thailand (while I was standing there) to ask how long it could take to fix and to begin looking at options. Nobody has ever taken me that seriously before!!!
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 23:14

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 23:14
Correct, Ford Australia did all the heavy lifting with the new Ranger with Detroit picking up the tab. Mazda simply came along for the ride this time as Ford divested their majority stake in Mazda in 2010.
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