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Replacing the F-150

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by TheDoubleD, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. SoonerP226

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    Pretty much nobody offers a stick these days in trucks; they've been gone from half-tons for about a decade now. The Bronco is unique among Ford trucks in being offered with a manual transmission.

    It sucks, but that's the way it is.
     
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    I bet the muffler shop loves you. :rotflmao:
     
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    I have a 5 speed in my 2001 Ford Ranger 2.3L xlt
     
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    Try and get the larger eco boost 3.5 or you will be in boost a lot if you pull a big trailer.
    Buddy has the 2018 3.5 Eco Boost and it gets great MPG 24+ with 2000 lbs in the bed.

    Pulled my 20 foot Pontoon with it and that thing catches a LOT of wind.
    His 3.5 got 12.2 MPG with that boat in tow.
    My 1957 Chevy 4 Door gets 11.5 MPG pulling that boat.
    I would not want any less than those 2.

    I have had less and it's not a joy ride.

    If you are not constantly pulling trailers then the little 2.7 may be just fine.

    Here is a good read.
    https://www.hopkinsfordelgin.com/research/f150-engine-options.htm
     
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    I seriously doubt a sheet of plywood will fit in any small SUV.

    If I were looking for a 1/2 ton pickup, it would definitely be a Ford, but I wouldn’t buy one with an ecoboost. My son had problems with his starting under 20k miles. He kept it until about 40k and traded it for a Toyota Tacoma.
     
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    Oh My 1982 Ford hatchback mustang could haul 13 sheets of 4x8 plywood in the back with hatch a little open.
    Yes a full 4 foot wide will sheet will slide right into those early Fox body mustangs.

    I had a straight six 200" or 3.2 liter.
    Sounds small when you call it 200" doesn't it.
    300" is 4.9 liter.
    That for a truck sounds small in my book. A truck used as a truck anyway.
    I always stuck in the 7.4 liter or 455 Olds :)
    500 lb-ft at 3600 rpm. That will pull things well. I did not leave those stock though.
     
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    20 years old and......it will barely tow itself, and all of the new Rangers are autos.
     
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    I've never owned a truck that a full sheet of plywood would lay into the bed flat, but I've hauled tons of them on edge strapped in the back of a short bed f150 back in the day and a 95 Toyota Tacoma until 2016 without need of a trailer.
    Common sense strapping with the right equipment will secure any load tailgate up or down.
    The Eco boost is a beast at pulling especially at altitude, and gets great mileage to boot when not towing heavy loads.
    I think I heard Ford is coming back out with the Ranger pickup to compete with the Tacoma. My 95 Tacoma got an honest 21 MPG at highway speeds. The newer ones are heavier so suffer some in the mileage. I haven't researched what the new Ranger might have for an engine.
     
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    Speaking of boats, if someone has a John boat for cheap, let me know. Need it for my retirement.
     
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    The Ranger is in its second (maybe 3rd? Time flies) year of resumed production. It came back largely because GM's offerings showed that the mid-sized truck market didn't collapse like they'd expected and was big enough to justify the cost of adapting the Ranger to the US market. (It's more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it.)

    Currently the only engine in the Ranger is an I4 Ecoboost because the global T6 platform was only designed to support inline engines. Thanks to the Bronco program (which is the first next-gen T6), the Ranger's frame can support V6 engines, but getting Ranger back in production for North America was a crash program, and they didn't have the time to redesign the rest of the engine compartment to support V6es. That's supposed to be coming in a future update to Ranger.
     
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