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Old 03-27-2005, 05:29 PM
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Talking Just bought a New Diesel Ranger!!!

Just purchased a diesel ranger for some off-roading!!!
(We can get diesel Rangers here in the big land of Oz)

I am hoping to get some pics of it, I have to get a digital camera first, and me and technology are like

Its a silver crew cab diesel 4x4.

I have had a few modifications to it.
It now has 4.44 gears with a 180lbft rear LSD.
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'Roo bar - a winch may come later.
3.23 low range reduction ratio.

I don't want to get into the whole lift kit thing, I like it looking stock.

The thing will climb anything it can get traction on.
The engine has a phenominal amount of low rpm torque, not a lot of power, and fuel economy is around 24mpg at them moment, this includes some pretty hairy off-road work though, and the vehicle only has 1200miles on it.

Am hoping for 25-26mpg soon, once it gets broken in.

I am officially a Ranger convert, this thing will eat my (admittedly quite capable) Super Duty for breakfast off-road
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Old 03-27-2005, 05:37 PM
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That's super! I have an '85 Turbo Diesel Ranger, and would love to get a new one. I called the dealer yesterday to see if there was any way to get a new Ranger with a Diesel here in the US, and after a lengthy wait, I was told there was no diesel option. It doesn't make sense to me; there's plenty of bigger diesels available, and the diesel Ranger everywhere else in the world. Maybe if enough people contact Ford, they'd consider reintroducing it.
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Be still my heart. Any way you could slip one of those in an envelope and mail it to the states???
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Rangers aren't huge, but it would have to be a pretty big envelope...
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is there any way somebody could just buy a diesel ranger in mexico and drive it back to the US?
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Nope, any vehicle imported has to pass US emissions. The EPA just passed some new restrictions which makes it even harder to get mexican gas powered cars in the states. We'll just have to wait until '07 or '08. If Ford is smart they will redesign the ranger and make a diesel option. With the new diesel fuel we should be able to get the emissions in spec.
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I just saw that Jeep has a CRD (Common Rail Diesel) liberty for sale now... Its a Mercedes Diesel...

I think Ford is really slacking off in the mini truck market here... Rangers have been the best selling small pickup for 17 years... they need to keep their trucks profitable since the cars aren't cutting it yet.
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Props to those who diesel! Props to Jeep for having the guts to give us a good diesel!

Jeep is going to EAT the other SUV's alive, at least for a few years. Someone's gonna test drive a Liberty diesel, shred the tires at a stop light, and then Ford and GM are gonna have to bring thier <b>already existing</b> diesels over to the US to keep thier market share. Look what the Powerstroke did for the diesel trucks. Before you had... Cummins motors, ONLY, and they were stuck in Dodge trucks. Then Ford got figured it out and introduced the Powerstroke, and GM dumped thier terrible 6.5 and sourced a superb Isuzu diesel. Now most of the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks around here are diesel.

Ford might put a small diesel in the Rangers. They wouldn't want to cut into thier lucrative big truck market. A ranger can already haul a half-ton. If you create a half-ton diesel, alot of $35000 F250 sales will become $19000 Ranger sales.

There's an awful lot of VW TDI cars running around at 35-50mpg, thumbing thier noses at gas stations and guzzler SUVs. Never mind the Mercedes diesel owners who have been thumbing thier noses at 26-35+mpg since the 70's, and continue to do so in the exact same cars. Never mind the new Mercedes E320 CDI that gets 42+mpg (road proven) on straight diesel, while carrying 5 passengers in the lap of luxury. Eat that, Toyota Prius.
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Just purchased a diesel ranger for some off-roading!!!
(We can get diesel Rangers here in the big land of Oz)
As I live in Missouri, took me by surprise for a second. Your not in Kansas anymore!
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As I live in Missouri, took me by surprise for a second. Your not in Kansas anymore!
Thanks for pointing that out
I just followed the yellow brick road, I swear.

Might have to spell it A-U-S next time...
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BigF350, I'm getting sick of you always bragging about how you can get all these friggen awesome vehicles that aren't available to us her in the States. J/K Sounds like a nice ride. Rangers definately do kick some tail offroad, I couldn't imagine what they can do with a grunty Diesel and 4.44 gears. Enjoy your new toy.
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Sorry AG4.0, I have to rub it in when I can

Now how about that RHD Mustang GT, a RHD 6.0l PSD F-Series, a RHD V10 F-Series.
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a RHD Ford GT

We don't get ALL the good stuff...
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yeah, I would be happy with that.
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