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New vs Old, Then and Now

Tracy Bowman

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Amid all of this COVID-19 chaos, let's shift the focus to something a bit lighter. Show me your first car (or first Ford) versus your current Ranger! Feel free to share what you miss, what you've had in between, and if you're eyeballing your next ride.


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THEN: This was my first car, a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport. I was lucky enough to find one with that was very well maintained, and was 4x4 with the factory 3.73 limited slip rear diff. I ran it hard to 338xxx miles without a single issue before the trans finally gave up. I was going off to college anyway and couldn't take it with me, so off to the scrap yard it went. I loved this truck. It put up with so much, and was so easy to work on. It had no issue tackling any terrain, even for an inexperienced 17 year old. Fun fact: I fit 22 people in it in my high school parking lot.

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NOW: My 2019 Ranger XLT Sport. It's nothing special, but it's the first new car I've ever bought by myself so forgive me for being a bit proud.
What do you mean?! Yes it IS special!!!! :like:
 

Scottiejets

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2019 ranger xlt
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01 edge, got her when I was 15 with 23k and I beat the crap out of it right up to 300k, still feel like I betrayed her by letting her go, super happy with my 19 xlt but that old black one will always be my first!
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Tracy Bowman

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My 1st car 1971 Plymouth Valiant. The boys definitely liked it. :) (This one is not mine, but it looked just like it).
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My 1st FORD was a 1989 FORD F-150 extended cab. Bought it from my brother-in-law. I loved that truck but, boy, what a gas hog! Again, not mine, but it looked just like this. I LOVE brown vehicles!
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The reason I don't have original pictures is because I've never even thought of taking a picture of an automobile!
Then came my beloved 2019 FORD Ranger!:sun:
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Yep, this one is mine!
 

AzScorpion

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Dave
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2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat 4x4
My first car was a "70 Dodge Challenger which I wished looked as good as the one in this picture. I was only 15 when I bought it and it was basically a parts car along with a box of parts which included a tunnel ram and dual quads. My friends older brother had one which he use to drag and had a ton of extra parts and helped my build it minus the dual quads. lol

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My 2019 Ranger

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P. A. Schilke

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Engineer Retired
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Hi Folks,

My first vehicle I built....

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Best,
Phil Schilke
Ranger Vehicle Engineering
Ford Motor Co. Retired
 

RANGER_MARC

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MARC
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After spending most of my life in under-powered (but cheap) vehicles by Volkswagen (multiple minibuses) and Honda (Civic Wagon, CR-V, Element), I got my first Ford vehicle (a new Explorer Limited) in 2014. We loved the Explorer but, when the time came for a change, we decided to upgrade to something more capable, more elevated, and, mostly, more fun! Here is my last look at our beloved Explorer, parked on the dealer's lot next to the new (2019) Ranger so that I could move all my junk over more easily. Out with the old (sob!), in with the new (rah!). I don't plan on parting with my Lariat anytime soon--unless Ford brings the Ranger Raptor to the States!

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Phoebe

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My first (this one isn't mine - no pics of it - but it is the same color mine was...gold). A '77 Honda Accord that I bough from my aunt's brother - aunt and uncle bought it new, sold it to him, he sold it to me for $400. This thing had blown rings and smoked like a chimney. I went through A LOT of oil. Had it for about a year and replaced the motor. Blew the head gasket and seized the motor...what a P.O.S. it was...lol. But she was my first and one I won't forget...especially since she left me stranded more than once:

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Now, my 2019 Ranger :inlove:

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love that color :thumbsup:
 

BDoc

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Bryan
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US Air Force, retired; now Civil Service (USAF)
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Addison
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Raleigh, NC
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2019 Ford Ranger XLT Sport SuperCab (301a), 2017 Ford Fusion Sport (401a + Driver's Assist), 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, 1988 Merkur Scorpio
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Oh boy, here we go....

First car 1976 Toyota Corolla...1.6 liter 4 cylinder with a 3-speed auto (stuck in third so had to shift manually)...bought for $1.00 from my ex sister in law...got me through freshman year of college
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A total dog, and by the time I sold it it had more fiberglass than steel...engine still ran but no headlights, no wipers, no nothing...owned it between 1985-1987.

Second car, and first Ford: 1984 Ford Escord L, 1.6 liter I-4, carburated, 4-speed manual (fourth was OD), bought new to me in 86...good little car (34 MPG combined)
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I think it had about 30k miles when I got it, ran it to about 70k (changed timing belt at 60k) and by the time I got rid of it the exhaust had a crack behind the cat...traded it for this:
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1984 Ford EXP with the carburated HO engine, 5-speed manual and TRX wheels...thing had exhaust headers:
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It also liked oil almost as much as gas....mostly spilled over those cool headers. A lot of firsts with this car: first speeding ticket, first hit a deer (a small one), and used the back of it as a bed more than once...:bandit:
Also my first breakdown on the highway (Ignition module went), first tow home...
I owned this car between mid 1988 and mid 1990 when I traded up to this:
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My first brand-new car...Bought after starting my career in 1990, a 1989 Ford Probe GL, 2.2 liter I-4, 5-speed..fast fun car (sucked in the snow)...after this it was two rangers 94 and 98, an 06 Hyundai Tucson, a 2014 Subaru Forester and the Black Beast of AAAAGGGGHHHH
PD> I almost forgot...1988 BMW 528e with euro kit...still own this one:
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That's awesome! I had a '96 Probe GT 5 speed.
 
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