Review of used Ford Ranger
Formerly just a small horse, the humble ute is now required to perform all sorts of tasks, from traditional workers, to cool sportsters, weekend escorts and even family hacks.
In the past Holden and Ford dominated the market with locally-built and locally built cargo-based models and Falcon models, the needs of Australian ute buyers are now well served by a range of designs. and code samples.
One of the more popular ones is the Thai-made Ford Ranger, which once wore a cape once worn by the Falcon, which itself is descended from the original ute Aussie.
PK Ranger is an upgraded and updated remake of the previous PJ model. It boasts a new, more refined appearance, the range of variants has been expanded and includes a new high-end ‘Wildtrack’ version, and has more standard features.
It is available in the form of XL, XLT and Wildtrack, with a range of chassis and pickups, featuring a choice of taxi body styles, super cabs and dual cabs, all dynamically equipped. diesel engine, and had a choice of rear drive of four-wheel drive.
XL is the entry model. It is available as a rear or four-wheel drive chassis with single, super or dual bodywork, or a pickup, with the choice of rear or four-wheel drive, and single, super or dual-engine cabs. be.
All are powered by turbo-diesel engines, powered by 2.5-liter or 3.0-liter engines, and depending on the choice of either a manual or an automatic transmission.
Standard features include dual front airbags, air conditioning, tilt-adjustable steering column, MP3 connection, two-speaker audio, CD player, remote central locking, cupholder, front power windows and electric mirrors, and fabric decorations.
Optional extras include ABS brakes, bucket front seats and trays.
Switching to XLT saw reduced options. It is only available as a pickup, comes as a rear drive with a dual cab, or four-wheel drive with supercar or dual cab.
XLT buyers have been treated to additional features of 16-inch alloy wheels, ABS brakes, EBD electronic brake force distribution, air conditioning, front airbags, CD stacks, fog lights. front, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, flares and chrome grille, mirrors, and door handles.
Metal paint is the only option offered.
New in the range in PK is the Wildtrack. It is only available as a four-wheel drive vehicle with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine and a manual transmission option of an automatic transmission.
Standard is 18-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, CD stacker, air-conditioning, fog lights, side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and control knob, power windows, mirrors taillights, roll bars, roof rails, side steps, sport dials, and suede-look trim. If that is enough, you may also have metallic paint.
While the PK Ranger is well equipped for the day when it doesn’t have features like Bluetooth to sync iPhone or Android devices, there’s no navigation to find the way, it doesn’t have a touchscreen, air conditioning doesn’t. Climate control climate and no sunroof.
Similarly, when parking or reversing, you cannot make a call with the help of a reversing camera, parking sensor and parking assistance system.
Spare tire is a full size.
The number of seats in the cabin depends on the body selected.
If you choose a single taxi, you have a couch that can accommodate three people, but also the bucket seat option, which will limit seats to two.
The supercar can accommodate four, two in the front seat and two in the back seat.
With bucket front seats and a rear bench for three people, can accommodate five in dual cabins.
The cabin is neat and tidy, all controls are within reach of the driver, and the seats are comfortable and supportive.
There is a leg room for the driver, the steering column can be tilted and has a cup in front.
XL and XLT have lacing fabric; Wildtrack has similar suede panels in the seats and doors
It is still too early for ISOFIX child car seat mounting points.
Like the previous model, no petrol engine is offered in the PK Ranger; Both engines offered are general four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines.
The base engine is a dual cam on the 2.5-liter, fuel injection unit has pumped out 105kW and 330Nm when operating at two peak power and torque.
It is a ready worker, smooth rotation and easy drag from low speed.
The 3.0-liter version, standard in Wildtrack, offers more horsepower and torque, with 115kW at maximum power and 380Nm at maximum torque.
With plenty of torque, it’s even more available from lower speeds and more flexibility than smaller engines.
The transmission options are either a five-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed automatic transmission, and the final drive is through the rear wheels or all four.
Utes was once unrefined and uncomfortable, the kind of vehicle a boss would drive for his workers, but would drive one himself.
All that has changed, utes like the PK Ranger are much more refined and significantly more comfortable, while still being able to get the job done as needed.
With independent front suspension, the PK handles well and is quite comfortable to drive, while the semicircular rear suspension springs carry or pull a load like a worker.
On the road, the show went smoothly and ready, and the people inside were treated to a quiet and comfortable ride, with little wind or noise on the road to disturb the inner calm. .
PK Ranger was rated three stars by ANCAP.
All models come with safety features including airbags for the driver and front-seat passengers.
Xt and Wildtrack have the safest features; they also have dual front airbags, but there are side airbags for those in the front seats.
ABS brakes are optional on the XL, but are standard on the rest of the range.
Any common problems?
The reliability of PK Ranger is good; There are a few issues to note
Owners of cars with manual transmissions are sometimes surprised to find they have to replace the clutches at relatively low kilometers.
The cost of replacing the clutch may be higher than expected because the double block flywheel is often replaced at the same time.
When tested, a Ranger seeks damages caused by unresponsive and thoughtless workers who cannot care about the boss’s car. Also check for signs of street abuse.
Ranger’s warranty, is three years / 100,000km, but that long period has expired.
Ford recommends that the Ranger be serviced every 15,000km or 12 months and apply the applicable limit price.
The service is expensive and any experienced mechanic can do it.
A recall in 2010 warned owners of the possibility of fatigue cracks developing around the bonnet striker when stretched during tough times. If it cracks, the bonnet can open while driving.