Ford Ranger (2006 – 2011) Review

Ford Ranger (2006 – 2011) At A Glance


+Better to drive than previous Ranger. Capable of seriously hard graft even by pick-up standards.

-Still slightly off the pace for comfort and refinement.

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Best £5000 van with off-road capability?

"I'm a dry stone waller looking to replace my Ford Ranger pick-up with a smaller, more economical van. I need petrol as I don't do huge mileages day-to-day. I need three seats and the ability to occasionally carry a load say half a ton. However, I'd really need one that can sometimes cope with driving on grass or tracks, too. I have around up to £5000 to spend, what do you suggest I buy? "
I'd argue any front-wheel drive van with a good quality set of all-terrain tyres would cope with this type of use. Given your budget, the Ford Transit Connect would be my recommendation although petrol models are rare. That said, if you do need something that's more capable for off-roading, I'd suggest the Peugeot Partner with Grip Control. They are difficult to find on the used market because they sell in low numbers when new. However, they are very good, adding underbody protection and utilising a clever traction control system that allows the front wheels to cope with mud, sand and slippery terrain.
Answered by Dan Powell

Rang my insurer to tell them my car had been damaged and they say it's a write-off - can I stop it being written off?

"My daughter skidded off a B road in the Scottish Borders yesterday. The road was heavily covered in mud from tractor work in the adjacent field. There was no "mud on road" warning signs posted. Her 2009 Ford Ranger mounted the verge and hit a tree with damage to the front nearside wing, headlights and wheel. She called the police to warn of the hazard and, when home, called her insurance. Insurance said from damage described, the car would be a write-off. She now wishes she hadn't bothered calling them as she will have to get the truck repaired as it is needed to get to work and collect children from school. Will the call to her insurance constitute a claim and affect her premiums and no-claims bonus if she undertakes the repairs from her own funds? I presume the car cannot be written-off unless she actually pursued the claim."
She would need to contact her insurance to cancel the claim, but her insurance will still keep on record. You are basically now damned whether you do or do not contact your insurer. She needs to contact her insurer and advise that the car is not a total loss and she wishes for them to arrange for an engineer to inspect the vehicle, as well as for it to be repaired. Her insurer will still try to total loss the car even though no claim is made so she needs to make sure this does not happen. There is also a duty on the landowner to make sure they are not causing a hazard by causing mud to be brought on to the road. It may well be a claim can be pursued from the landowner. To make it clear, a vehicle is only ever a total loss when the repair costs exceed the market value. If the repair costs are less than the market value, the vehicle is not a total loss.
Answered by Tim Kelly

Which is the better used buy - a Ford Ranger or a Mitsubishi L200?

"Which is better - a Ford Ranger XLT or a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior?"
There's not a lot to choose between the Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200. Both are capable off-road and boast comfortable and durable cabs. However, when it comes to MoT pass rates, the Ford edges ahead of the Mitsubishi and for this reason I'd take the Ranger. Ford Ranger: Mitsubishi L200:
Answered by Dan Powell

Our timing belt broke after only seven months - is it the the fault of the dealer who fitted it?

"I bought a ten year old Ford Ranger from a dealer seven months ago, with a three month warranty. The timing belt went last week and the dealer's own mechanic fitted a new one just before we bought it. Our local garage says the belt is badly worn, either faulty from manufacturer or badly fitted. The dealer asked us to send pictures of the belt and then to send him the belt, which he now has. He's saying faulty belt (well, he would) but who pays for the damage? The belt should have a 12 month guarantee on it (according to our garage). Should we chase the dealer or the manufacturer? We're waiting for our mechanic to fit a new belt and to see if any more damage was done. We need the vehicle running ASAP as it's used daily for work."
It is the responsibility of the dealer who sold you the truck:
Answered by Honest John
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