2008 Ford Ranger Overview

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2008 Ford Ranger Overview

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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2008 Ford Ranger

I have a 2008 ford ranger base model with busted bumper and grill. Will a 2000 or 2001 ranger grill and.bumper fit. I think it's a XLT or higher trim model. All.the parts are chrome where mine are ...

2008 Ford Throttle Body And Throttle Position Sensor

I took my car into autozone because of a check engine light. Their machine picked up the throttle position sensor as the problem. Took it into ford and they had us replace the throttle body and th...

Engine Swap

swapping engines, the truck is an automatic, the new engine is from a standard will there be any issues with connection of the two ie torque convertor etc... bell housing is fine.

Will Not Idle

jump start ranger will start and accelerator one forth speed wiil run remove foot idles ,dies checked battery 14 volts, checked cells okay. could be alternator not charging ?

2008 Ford Ranger Will Not Idle

Checked battery with foot on accelerator 14 volts , checked cells all good , remove foot from accelerator engine dies. Could be alternator not Charging?