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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: Higginez] #15978771 04/09/21
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I don't like how low the seats are on the Tacoma, and have never been interested in owning them but my buddies like them. Don't care for the crossover pipe either. Or the tender bits hanging down below the bottom of the frame rails.

I like the Frontier, and am really interested in seeing how the new model does. The previous generation had everything tucked up and protected by the frame rails. I like that for a mini-truck, as I'd be using one for more serious wheeling than a fullsize. Probably not a big deal for most people though.

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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: Higginez] #15979168 04/09/21
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I've owned Toyotas for well over 35yrs.

All the bitching about Tacomas is overblown. With a few mods the 3rd Gen Tacoma leaves the Ranger sucking dust.

Tacoma power? Just have someone tune the ECU for $250 with OV tune, plenty of folks doing it. The Atkinson 3.5l V6 is a proven engine with Lexus technology.

The Tacoma auto transmission shift issue has been updated/resolved.

Ground clearance, it's decent stock. Plenty of aftermarket options.

Seats, mine is fine. However a $5 cushion works wonders.

The Rangers Eco Boost runs hot, has a poor record. Turbos suck on a 4 wheeler. Heat and dust eats longevity.

Tacomas may not be perfect as is but can certainly be a great ride with a few mods.

Someone mentioned bad paint, I see far more Ford paint jobs peeling than Toyotas. It has more to due with EPA friendly paints being required on all makes.


Hell, I was there too! (for the most part anyways)

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Originally Posted by SockPuppet
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I can bash Ford too, My wife bought a 2011 Ford Focus Titanium new off the lot.

Worst car ever, CVT transmission slipped like a fat lady on ice!

Should have never been released it was so bad...

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Thought Ford used a Dual Clutch auto in those, not a CVT.


May have been was in under warranty several times, would be OK for a week or so then back to slipping,


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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: Higginez] #15980425 04/10/21
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Originally Posted by Higginez
I can't believe we have so many Ford haters on here.



not me i hate all little trucks equally, just buy a full size pickup . nothing worse on a busy hi-way when someone is pulling a boat with a little truck and can`t keep up with traffic. me being 6 ft.2 in. these little trucks suck to get in and out too.

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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: pete53] #15980786 04/10/21
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Originally Posted by pete53
Originally Posted by Higginez
I can't believe we have so many Ford haters on here.



not me i hate all little trucks equally, just buy a full size pickup . nothing worse on a busy hi-way when someone is pulling a boat with a little truck and can`t keep up with traffic. me being 6 ft.2 in. these little trucks suck to get in and out too.

Kind of my thoughts. My dad has had 3 S-10s since 1984.

I never saw 1 single advantage to them over a full sized pickup.


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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: Higginez] #15980818 04/10/21
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That’s because it was an S-10.


A guy can go to hell just as fast for lying as he can for stealing.

If you don't know what introspection is, maybe it's time you took a good, hard look at yourself.



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Originally Posted by Higginez
That’s because it was an S-10.

Hardly. Each went 250k+ before being replaced.

Like I say, to myself I see no advantages to small trucks.

Maybe 1, getting in and out of parking stalls.

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Trying to inject some Chevy hate into this thread man!


A guy can go to hell just as fast for lying as he can for stealing.

If you don't know what introspection is, maybe it's time you took a good, hard look at yourself.



Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: 10gaugemag] #15987170 04/12/21
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Originally Posted by 10gaugemag
Originally Posted by Higginez
That’s because it was an S-10.

Hardly. Each went 250k+ before being replaced.

Like I say, to myself I see no advantages to small trucks.

Maybe 1, getting in and out of parking stalls.


It's obvious you've never had to 4 wheel it in brushy country or turn around on a narrow 2 track. Come hunt the west, small or mid size very popular out here.

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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: Higginez] #15987210 04/12/21
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I haven't had a chance to drive a new Ford Ranger, I've owned 4-5 older ones though.

Owned a '18 (bought new in '19) Chevy ZR2 2.8 Diesel. Loved the look of the truck and it rode nice. Lacked a lot of features I think a truck of that price should have included. Regardless, had 3 different squeaks/rattles and one un-diagnosed bearing noise. Three poor quality DEF messages, one leaky (very expensive) shock. That was all within 10,000 miles. Was planning to delete it, but now it's about impossible to get a good tune in the US.

Traded that off for a different SUV., also picked up a 2nd gen Tacoma extended cab 4.0 six speed manual with a 2" lift. LOVE that truck.


For those of you who comment "I hate little trucks". I used to feel the same way, but I'd much rather drive a mid-size in the woods and around the concrete jungle. I have a 3/4 Diesel for when I need that as well, but hate driving it in town and it's not very nimble in the woods.

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Originally Posted by MtnHtr
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Originally Posted by Higginez
That’s because it was an S-10.

Hardly. Each went 250k+ before being replaced.

Like I say, to myself I see no advantages to small trucks.

Maybe 1, getting in and out of parking stalls.


It's obvious you've never had to 4 wheel it in brushy country or turn around on a narrow 2 track. Come hunt the west, small or mid size very popular out here.

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LOL

There might be far more of that, and why they’re likely even more popular in the southeast.

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Years ago.....

Had two pair of Golden Eagles that would follow my '98 Taco

They knew the sound.....they saw the portable table in the bed....

They knew free p/dog dinners were soon available......... grin

Amazing but lazy birds.....

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Originally Posted by tikkanut

Years ago.....

Had two pair of Golden Eagles that would follow my '98 Taco

They knew the sound.....they saw the portable table in the bed....

They knew free p/dog dinners were soon available......... grin

Amazing but lazy birds.....

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Man, I like Toyotas but your picture shows one thing that irks me about Tacos. The tender bits hanging down below the frame rails. And my buddy's 2015 has that goofball crossover exhaust pipe that is just asking to be crushed as well.

The previous gen Frontiers keep that stuff tucked up above the bottom of the frame rails in true 3rd world style. Add skids plates, and the underside is slick. Not everyone needs that, but to me a mini-truck can be a wheeling machine with a bit of cargo capacity. I hope the new Frontier keeps this trait.

For a 1/2-ton, I am a lot less concerned about the underside being slick. My Tundra was no better than the Taco.





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Hard to beat a small, slick bottomed, fully locked 4x4 with the capacity to carry 1,000 lbs of payload when it comes to spraying weeds in the areas I find myself in.

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The only items I could dream up to make this a more productive/versatile machine would be;

a) If it didn't have to ride on a trailer

b) More water capacity

c) Slow speed cruise control

The small trucks make a ton of sense.

Now if we could just get the manufacturers to start offering "trays" (flatbeds) like they do in Australia and get rid of the stupid truck bed entirely....


A guy can go to hell just as fast for lying as he can for stealing.

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That's a good looking machine, Higg.


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Originally Posted by Higginez
Now if we could just get the manufacturers to start offering "trays" (flatbeds) like they do in Australia and get rid of the stupid truck bed entirely....


I'm totally on board with that Higgi. For work, I generally found myself towing a dual axle trailer, and not using the bed. For fun, I'd prefer the organization and convenience of an Aussie-type tray/canopy. Not sure how popular that would be here though.

The standard truck bed really isn't the most efficient use of space for my needs. Unless hauling chicken manure, lumber, or misc. other crap on the weekend. Especially stuff that is easily unloaded from the rear of the truck. When it comes to hauling gear, then it makes a lot of sense to access it from the the sides as needed.

Aussie trays, service bodies, and stake bodies seem to make more sense if they meet the user's needs.



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Based on all the fine opinions regarding the Ranger, I decided to go look at one.
It is a nice truck, and a viable option to the Tacoma, for some people.
Not me, I will stick with the Tacoma.


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Re: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma [Re: SockPuppet] #15990837 04/13/21
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Originally Posted by SockPuppet
That's a good looking machine, Higg.



Thanks man.


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