I’m sure you saw Sean’s great post about his new truck last week. Well, he swung by my place with it not long before that and gave me the lowdown, which got me thinking about my own truck situation. I’ve been nursing along a 1997 F150 since around 2004, and it’s been a good ride. I inherited it from my father, and he’d already added an aftermarket transmission cooler and an electric towing package. Bottom line: I’ve towed up to 15,000 lbs. with it with no problem.
But like all F150s, it has an Achilles heel: the heater core. After a second replacement in four or five years, I decided I wasn’t interested in removing the dash again down the road. And honestly, I’m doing a hell of a lot less towing than I was when I first got the F150.
So out went the F150 (along with my Porsche as well) and picked up something remarkably similar to Sean’s Ranger. OK, you got me: mine is identical to his, as you can see from the picture above. (That’s mine on the right.) We did end up with a few minor differences. I got cruise control, Sean got fog lamps. And his came with a bed liner. I’ll have to find one later.
At any rate, consider the purchase my vote for the practicality of a truly compact standard-cab truck for those of us who don’t need to tow.