I own a 2001 Ford Ranger 4X4 XLT-Off Road. Its simply been the most satisfactory vehicle I've ever owned. Despite being in 3 accidents over the years this truck's reliability has been fantastic. Only routine maintenance has been required: breaks, flushes, pcv valves, etc... I'm currently at 135,000 miles. The only maintenace problem I had was the stereo shorting out at about 80K.
I love the Ranger because it holds a big man comfortably. There is lots of leg and head room. You fell like you are sitting in a legitimate chair - not like a Tacoma where the seat is only about 8 inches off the floor and your legs stick straight out. The 4 doors are another plus which makes it easy to access the extended cab.
The only real knock I have against it is the gas mileage (about 17 mpg combined) which is enough to make me consider getting rid of it. Nissan's light truck gets better gas mileage but that thing looks like a space-ship. Not for me.
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