As with all new models, it will be interesting to see how many warranty claims I end up submitting for the new vehicle. I judge the vehicles we sell by the number of warranty claims I process for them each month.
This is definitely a step in the right direction, but IMO they still have a ways to go. Why can't they put some of this effort into a smaller 4wd that might be capable of approaching the 40mpg mark? 450 ft/lbs of torque is impressive, but still way more than most truck owners will need. For towing a fishing boat, I could get by with half that.
Vladlimer, make no mistake-this is not a "small pickup"! I drove the identical truck last week but with the V-6 engine in a 4X. I am six feet tall and the height of the step-in to the cab is 2'' above my knee! The top of the tailgate comes even with my shoulder and the rest of the rig is correspondingly massive. I love the damned things but they are just way too tall to be practical for old folks. But just about the right height for an NBA player.
I don't know when this bigger, badder, bolder, more poweful, more massive and macho bullshit will stop but I know it will at some point. Manufacturers have herded the masses into these giant rigs not because we need them but because the profit margin is so high. 3/4 and 1 ton trucks have always been available for those that truly needed them but those of us that don't are being sold a bill of goods.
A Frontier sized 4X with a 2.8 TDI engine would get 30 mpg and haul 2 guys and a drift boat effortlessly across any pass in Washington. Bring it on and leave the factory lift kit on the factory floor.
None of us at the dealership can figure out why Ford dropped the Ranger. We were selling plenty of them and all they needed to do was install one of their new engines that gets better MPG, update the design a little and that's it.
Nope. Instead they still opt to offer the Shelby Mustang GT and we sell one of those every other blue moon.
Gene, could you line me up a test drive in one of the Shelby GT 5.0's?? One of my friends that I race with races one and I love it!
Thats kinda like the ford dealer in Morton, Wa... He used to have loads of the Rousch package 'stangs in different stages. Now come on and tell me they sell enough of those to keep them on the lot in Morton....
Jimmy has been in business for a long time so I am sure he knows what he is doing, but I just dont get how they sell.
Vladlimer, make no mistake-this is not a "small pickup"! I drove the identical truck last week but with the V-6 engine in a 4X. I am six feet tall and the height of the step-in to the cab is 2'' above my knee! The top of the tailgate comes even with my shoulder and the rest of the rig is correspondingly massive. I love the damned things but they are just way too tall to be practical for old folks. But just about the right height for an NBA player..
The first pick-up I owned was a red Datsun pick-up with a six foot bed. Then to a S-10, followed by Dodge Ram 2500 extended cab with a short bed.
Currently, I drive a 1-ton Dodge Ram 3500 with a eight foot box. The thing is 21 feet long without the front bike rack. That extends it to 23 feet. I was only teasing about a "small" pickup since MY CURRENT PICKUP is a mid-size. I can buy one still longer!!
Bought it for towing a 5th wheel and that bed resulted in me buying a larger 5th wheel since the smaller sizes would not fit. Next time I am buying a flat-bed for towing and getting a custom bed made for towing and outdoor activities. I actually think it would be cheaper. I talked to Dodge about the "feature", but they sell trucks on looks not functionality anymore!!
I am only 5' 6". So I have been developing my upper body by lifting myself into the truck. Has kept me fit in retirement. My wife, however, does not see the benefits of pull ups. After two years she is still yamering about running boards.
I was hoping Dodge would come out with a 4500 and 5500 series CTD to compete with Ford... bigger is better right? Dodge has been embarrassed the last two years in the new strictly regulated, head to head, performance runs with Ford and Chevy. Still, I like the CTD and our recent trip to MT, we averaged 16.7 mpg with the truck camper.
I like the idea of the Ranger truck with a new technology TDI engine... that would be a very practical set-up for those wanting truck attributes but not needing to haul or tow heavy stuff. The Audi's and VW's I drove in Germany last year with these engines were fantastic. My Ranger with the 4.0L V6 only got about 18 mpg hwy... I'll bet a TDI could easily avg 25+. I suspect Ive is right in that they would be cutting into what is currently their cash cow market.
Yeah, I know what you mean by P.O.S. My Dodge truck is 20 years old now and has already used a fuel pump and a starter. The original transmission is still in place working perfectly after 16 years of towing a fifth wheel trailer. The interior is unmarked and the seats are still more comfortable than anything Ford has built since my first F-150 back in '77. On last week's fast trip out I-90 over 2 passes and 50 miles up the Coeur D Alene River it only averaged a paltry 17.3 mpg (Factory ratings in 1994:13 city, 17 highway)
The original brakes only went 118,000 miles and the air conditioner had to be recharged after 18 years. What a P.O.S.! I hope my next truck is at least as much a P.O.S. as this one has been.
Count yourself amongst the lucky few. Auto tranny on those Cummins has been a POS until recently........ The diesel shop here in Kent currently has 3 newish (6 yo) Dodge trucks waiting for tranny rebuilds. Pretty common according to them and friends who have owned the Dodge.
A smaller half ton (Ranger/Tacoma size) that gets decent fuel economy needs to be built. Even the best of the best that is out there right now gets 20 mpg at best on the highway. That's really pathetic. I have a 3/4 ton GMC but would replace my Outback with a smaller more efficient truck if given the opportunity. I get better highway mileage in this luxury liner than I did with any of my Rangers.