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2008 Ford Ranger Overview
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Based on 31 reviews
Ford's Ranger began as an attempt to make a compact pickup that could perform at close to the level of its F-Series trucks back in the mid-1970s. Of course, packing that kind of power into a small package presented a serious challenge, but Ford managed to create a capable little pickup truck. The first Ford Ranger came out in 1982 and has gone through four generations since. Not much changed for the Ranger in 2008, aside from a new bumper and more standard safety features. This compact truck is available in 22 trims with one of three available engines: a 2.3-liter, 143-hp inline four; a 3.0-liter, 148-hp V6; and a 4.0-liter, 207-hp V6. All three come with a standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission.
Across the Ranger's 22 trims, gas mileage averages out to around 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. Trims come with either two doors and room for three to five passengers or four doors with room for five. As with the 2008 Ford F-150, the Ranger doesn't offer much in the way of standard features, although you get access to more options in the higher-priced trims. Those who like to divide trims into broader groups can classify the 22 trims into four general levels (from least to most expensive): the XL, XLT, Sport, and FX4 Offroad. The Ranger comes in four-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations.
For 17 years, the Ranger has earned its place as America's best-selling compact pickup truck. With good pound-for-pound power packed into a compact package, the Ford Ranger provides an appealing choice for drivers looking for more muscle than they'd get from a mini-SUV. However, the Ranger did come out at the beginning of the Reagan administration, and critics feel it's getting "long in the tooth," primarily because of its somewhat rough ride and handling. At the end of the day, drivers won't settle for half a pickup. If the Ranger wants to survive, it will need to step outside the bounds of the constrictive "compact pickup" label and forge a new identity that appeals to contemporary drivers.
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Ford Ranger Questions
Do All Ford Xlt Trim Pkg Trucks Include Power Door Locks And Windows?
Looking at a used Ranger xlt trim. Have owned numerous fords over the last 30 years. Dealer is telling me that this ranger xlt did not come with factory power locks although it has power windows. fi...
My 2008 Ford Ranger Won't Start. I Replaced The Battery And It Just Clicks ...
my 2008 ford ranger won't start. i replaced the battery and it still won't start.it just clicks when i turn the ignition on
Are Tail Lights On An 05 Ranger Different In Any Way Than An 08 Ranger?
Looking at a set of new ranger tail lights and they say 2001-2005 but may fit newer models. before making the big purchase just looking for some conformation that they will fit.
Over Drive Function
newly acquired vehicle has a overdrive button at end of gear shift. how to activate it and what purpose will it serve??
Does Ford Have A Front End Problem
i took my 2008 ford ranger for mvi yesterday,just rolled 32k, and they found 3 balljoints and a tyrod end gone.they blamed it on me parking on gravel,not pavement.i beg to differ.i also have an 88 ran...