2009 Model Ford Ranger Review

Ford Ranger 2009 Model Wildtrak

Ford Ranger 2009 Model Wildtrak

The 2009 model Ranger, built in Thailand saw a new face introduced with chrome three bar grille and wrap around headlamps giving it a more modern appeal.  A shame for Ford, as the Government were starting to close the tax loopholes that made the one-tonne pick ups so attractive to car buyers.

The 2009 was the last Ranger model designed and built by Mazda (the 2012 replacement is a Ford in-house vehicle, not badge engineered).  Despite not being a Ford vehicle from the ground up, there were, nonetheless signs of Ford’s Kinetic design influence.

Upgraded seating with a choice of climate control, the 2009 model saw Ford truly recognising the driver as important in their pick up.

Available in two-wheel drive and four wheel drive, the Ranger was available with a choice of 2.5 or 3.0 litre diesels with manual or auto gearboxes.  The increased towing weight of 3 tonnes using a braked trailer appealed to many. Three sizes of cabs – regular, super and double can be kitted out in a range of trim options right up to the Thunder and Wildtrak models.  The regular cab was a straightforward two-seater, whilst the superlative-sounding ‘super’ cab was the middle sized one with occasional rear seats, whilst the doublecab was a full five-seater.  The length of the cab has an impact on the loadbed, although he Ranger scores reasonably well here with over 1.5 metre length available on the doublecab.

Buying Used?

As with all pick ups, check the underbody for signs of excessive off-road use.  Make sure that four wheel drive can be engaged and disengaged – when it is working check that there is not any excessive noise from the transmission or axles.

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