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thehairlessone! 06-10-2018 10:00 PM

Chevy S10 or Ford Ranger?
Anyone have any opinions and why? Buying one or the other in the near future. I like both and arenít sure which direction to go. I always look for vehicles with 1 or 2 owners and decent mileage


xman59 06-10-2018 10:17 PM

having owned a ranger for a few years and i had friends with s 10's,,, the ranger hands down was better,, mine was way quieter and tighter than any s10 i ever saw,,, 4 wheel drive worked very well too

Drycreek3189 06-10-2018 10:19 PM

I'd say Ranger, having two different friends that owned them. But then I don't like anything GM, so I could be biased. :D

Beargrizzly90 06-10-2018 10:31 PM

It depends on what year your looking at getting....I had good luck with the s10 platform from back in the 80’s. Lots of people had luck with the newer rangers.

cuttingedge 06-11-2018 12:07 AM

I'd Make sure it was a standard in either truck.

TX_Hoghunter 06-11-2018 08:28 AM

My boss has a S10 and it had been a great truck.


thehairlessone! 06-11-2018 09:45 AM

I'm wanting a v6 in either.

Silvey 06-11-2018 10:09 AM

I've only owned one Ford, and it was a ranger. I beat the snot out of it, and it kept coming back for more.

Gary Roberson 06-11-2018 10:11 AM

Ranger hands down the better vehicle. I have driven two of them and they are extremely tough. I am debating getting another used one or waiting on the 2019 model to be released. The older models did not get great mileage but they would go places that you would not believe.

Rafter S 06-11-2018 10:49 AM

I had a ranger and my brother had a s10 when we we growing up. The s10 had the better ride but the ranger was a better built truck. We always took my truck hunting when we needed to get somewhere tough. Used his if we traveled anywhere long distance over good roads.

If you are getting this for a ranch truck then the ranger hands down. Everyday driver would have to say s10 (and as a ford guy, I hate to say that)

44mAG 06-11-2018 10:59 AM

I have a 2004 Ford Ranger 4x4 with the 4.0L V6. Drove it in high school and all through college. It has turned into my play truck. When I need to get in tight spaces, I take the Ranger. I consistently haul 1000 lbs of corn through some rough terrain with it. Still going strong.

stickbowcoop 06-11-2018 11:01 AM

I have had 2 Rangers ('88 and '95) and 3 S-10's ('87, '99, '01). I was partial to the S-10's but all were decent little trucks. The 4.3 V6 in the Chevy gets bad fuel mileage so don't buy it thinking you will save on gas. My last Silverado with the 5.3 V8 did better.

thehairlessone! 06-11-2018 10:19 PM

Wow. How bad is bad o. The 4.3 V6? That
Was what I was looking at


topduarte 06-11-2018 10:21 PM

I have had both old school trucks and S10 is my pick.

Reason is S10 is easier to do driveway/garage work on it vs. ranger.

Buck-Chaser 06-12-2018 10:05 PM

My second truck is a 1998 S10 4 cilinder stick shift still have it. It has 249 thousand miles only things i have replaced is water pump, and a few baterries.

Steve_243 06-13-2018 04:35 PM

I had a 2000 Ranger with 4 cyl and auto tranny. Was a great truck for me and taught 2 girls to drive it. They drove it all during high school.

Thayden2 06-13-2018 04:41 PM

This makes me miss my old ranger. I could take that thing places alot of 4x4's couldn't go and it was 2 wheel drive. If I could afford another, i'd get one.

Sparkles 06-13-2018 04:45 PM

Chevy S10 or Ford Ranger?
Iím a Chevy guy (full size anyway) and Iíd buy the Ranger.

Bought my kid one for her first car. We took a road trip to Ca in it and then she beat it up for 3 years.
Had 130,000 on it when I bought it. She has a new car but her friend that bought the ranger is still driving it with over 200,000 on it.
Had an s10 work truck for awhile
Everything about it sucked

If Tacoma was one of the choices thatís what I wouldíve chosen, but they hold their resale really well

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garza 06-13-2018 04:47 PM

ranger. had 2 of them.

stickbowcoop 06-13-2018 05:13 PM


Originally Posted by thehairlessone! (Post 13425165)
Wow. How bad is bad o. The 4.3 V6? That
Was what I was looking at


Sorry just saw this post. I got 15 city/18 highway in both 4.3 V6 S-10's I had. I got 17/21 average in my last Silverado. I think I got 20 once in the S-10 on a road trip. This was back in PA in the Allegheny mountains so maybe better out here?

bow4my2 06-13-2018 05:18 PM

had a ranger, never and issue other than fuel gauge , trying to justify just having one. miss mine

SwampRabbit 06-13-2018 05:25 PM

I'll be THAT guy on this thread....

neither... older model Tacoma. :D

Wish I still had my 2001 taco!

AntlerCollector 06-13-2018 05:33 PM

The older model S-10's are better. I believe you can drop a 350 engine in them. The newer trucks I would go Ranger.

bow4my2 06-13-2018 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by SwampRabbit (Post 13428492)
I'll be THAT guy on this thread....

neither... older model Tacoma. :D

Wish I still had my 2001 taco!

you were already beat to it. lol ,miss my old taco too

beefiedoubleoh 06-13-2018 05:53 PM

Ranger 3.0 v6 is a dog. Pops has one and it makes lots of noise, but aint quick or strong. I'd go with the bigger v6.

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