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Old 06-22-2012, 11:14 PM
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A 60 mile commute @ 20 mpg is 3 gallons, so 30 gallons of gas to commute for a week. I would be looking for better mpg for that run. But I'm a cheap ol' fart Despite liking my Ranger, a 4.0 4x4 doesnt make a super good commuter in my book. YMMV
my 4.0 4x4 is a super awesome commuter. i wouldnt trade it for anything!

but it depends how much you wanna spend on gas haha. i spend around $400-$500 a month on gas. depending on the price of gas (its way more up here, $4.60/gal is what it is right now, and thats cheap)

but really, just get a 4x4 no matter what. sure 2wd works if you're smart about it, but you arent the only driver on the road. other people can put you in a bad position. also, with a 2wd there will be times you wish you had a 4x4.

if you get a 4x4, there will never be a time you wish it was a 2wd only.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:43 AM
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If you go with a RWD four cylinder, make sure you get one with limited slip. Just keep in mind that a four cylinder truck is a compromise. It won't get the mileage of a car and power is going to be on the low side when it comes to hauling. You have to make sure that compromise will work for you.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:39 AM
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I have had experiece with three diffferent rangers, a 4cyl 5speed, a 3.0L 2wd 5 speed, and my 3.0L 4wd Auto. The 4cyl 5 speed had the best gas milage, around 27mpg. It was decent in the snow with blizzaks all the way around and 250lbs in the bed. The 2wd 3.0L was about the same in snow, and got around 22mpg. My current truck is a beast in the snow, I have not been able to get it stuck. period. Which is good, considering I drive in the worst of it. It handles snow better than the F450 4x4 I drive for work. The only downside with it is it gets around 17mpg typically, which can get expensive if you're like me and drive ~500 miles a week. That being said its my only vehicle and it works fine.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:43 AM
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I manage fine with OEM tires in the winter with 300 lbs in the bed. Gotta love Canada for its snow

I love my 2WD
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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Lol I've always gone with a statement which proves itself true in all situation. "2 wheel drive gets you where you need to be; 4 wheel drive gets you where your not supposed to be"
-Neal Worley.
I've honestly had to take my truck off road through some heavy heavy stuff. An my 2wd with a open diff ran through it like a champ. it all about driver skill. in a 2wd torque and some momentum go along way in a stick situation. if you see a slippery spot (not ice) like mud or something you know is gonna cause wheel spin approach it at moderate speed use a low gear with light gas let momentum do the work.
lol yea ive been told with 2wd you need a tug, and 4wd you need a wrecker! haha but yea driving smart is the best, its not how fast you can go but rather how fast you can stop. i like an open diff, it seems to me that a limited slip would suck when you arent trying to mess around (offroading,drifting) because say you hit a slick spot, you can easily kick the ass end out. but i wouldnt turn one down haha
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:49 PM
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I had a 1999 4x4 4.0 liter for a while and it was very capable. I never ised it in snow, but a foot deep of sugar sand going up hills, mud, anything was no match for it and I had highway tires on it. I only used 4 low one time ever. Only complaint is the horribly high stall point on the TC; around 2800 rpm. Plus, it was slow as balls over like 30 mph. It did 17 mpg. My old 1994 4.0 manual 5 sp was pretty fast; low end was amazing too. 1500 rpm would exceed normal traffic accelleration, lol. I guess what Im saying is that the OHV 5 sp autos were dumb...manual is better because you can keep the revs down like 1500 lower. I now have a the 2011 as seen in my profile. With the new one, I slid the back out a couple times in heavy rain because I wasnt used to the extra torque there. With the 4.0 I would think you would want 4x4 to be safe. 2.3 2x4 might be okay due to a lot less rear wheel torque though.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:30 PM
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Maybe a 2 wheel drive 4cyl with a lockin diff. I've heards a good set of tires and a locker is almost as good as 4wd
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:03 AM
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Maybe a 2 wheel drive 4cyl with a lockin diff. I've heards a good set of tires and a locker is almost as good as 4wd
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:16 AM
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a guy i know recently bought a 2011 XLT ext. cab, 2.3 5 speed. i get the same highway fuel mileage as him with my '00 3.0 4x4 auto regular cab. the newer 2.3 trucks run REALLY good (probibly better than my 3.0), but i would rather have the 4x4.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:37 AM
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my 4.0 4x4 is a super awesome commuter. i wouldnt trade it for anything!

but it depends how much you wanna spend on gas haha. i spend around $400-$500 a month on gas. depending on the price of gas (its way more up here, $4.60/gal is what it is right now, and thats cheap)

but really, just get a 4x4 no matter what. sure 2wd works if you're smart about it, but you arent the only driver on the road. other people can put you in a bad position. also, with a 2wd there will be times you wish you had a 4x4.

if you get a 4x4, there will never be a time you wish it was a 2wd only.
Damn are you serious 4.60 for gas? It recently dropped to 2.89 or so here
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:24 AM
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Having owned both 2WD and 4x4 here in New England, I'd go with 4x4 for snow! Love it! I used to put weight in the back of my 2WD in winter and still did some slipping around. My 4x4 don't need this and its never not done anything short of what's asked of it in winter. Love it! Some good tires helps too!
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:31 AM
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Damn are you serious 4.60 for gas? It recently dropped to 2.89 or so here
I'm dead serious. It makes for an expensive commute. 75 miles to work, 75 miles back. 3 days a week. At 17 mpg. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:13 PM
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I wouldn't get a locker for a road truck. Limited slip maybe but not a locker. With that, a good set of tires, and some weight in the winter, one could go just fine most times. Now if Mother Nature dumps twp feet of snow all at one time, only a 4X4 is the answer and even then, one should probably not be out in it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:03 PM
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Two feet and you think we shouldn't be out in it? That's like a mild storm lmao. that's nothing.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:18 PM
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I have no exact price in mind, around 12k would be ideal but if I found a nice one that I really liked...for example (http://www.fordrangerforum.com/truck...000-miles.html)... I'd be willing to spend more.

I agree that 4wd would be ideal but the drop in gas mileage is a killer. In the add i put a link to he says he gets 28mpg on highway trips ( my commute to work is 90% highway), is that not a common number to get? I'm sure there's a ton of posts on gas mileage so i'm sorry if i'm being repetitive. But as far as the Ranger in general it seems like you guys think it would be fine as a daily driver with a long commute. I appreciate the fast feedback!
Ok, If you really have 12K to spend then you're golden.
You should get a 2001-2006 extented cab Ranger(4-door if you can find one with the 4.0 SOHC. 2WD or 4X4 If you want a 2WD then you're going to be looking for a needle in a hay stack but it'll be worth the wait. The 4X4 trucks with the 4.0 will be a lot easier to find but they'll be a little harder on gas and not as fun to drive on dry pavement.
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