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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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1993 Ranger STX Retro Review

Just wanted to share this 93' Ranger review for nostalgia, and so we could get a sense of how the technology and standard features have changed throughout the years. Just listen to those smooth shifts in the 5 speed manual at 2:02 aha.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 09:50 AM
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Nothing like a bit of nostalgia on a Friday. The 1993 Ranger STX may not have as much ponies or torque as the latest model, but it was a virtual work horse and I heard it was a hoot to drive with its 5 speed. Too bad they don't build things as sturdy as they used to, the old Ranger just won't die, just need a bit of maintenance and you're good to go.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2018, 08:58 AM
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Definitely a bit of a shame that current owners wont be finding a true replacement with the revised 2019 models. For one reason or another it doesn't look like any of the big automakers have any interest in compact pickups anymore. I guess there isn't a lot of demand in the market for one.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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I think current owners of the Ranger would argue that there is definitely a need for one. But we may have to look to other brands such as Hyundai and their rumored Santa Cruz to fill that gap in the segment. With how popular the T6 platform is in foreign markets, I don't see Ford making any significant changes.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 09:08 AM
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Mazda should really consider bringing back the B series pickups, because those were some fantastic compact pickups as well. I still think there are people who want the utility of a pickup, but in a smaller more efficient package. There seemed to be quite a lot of interest around the Santa Cruz when it was shown off at auto shows, and Hyundai isn't exactly well established in the segment.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2018, 10:06 AM
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You never know. Maybe Mazda will follow the new trend of ute pickups and bring back the B series pickups. Ford is doing it with the Ranger for North America and Hyundai is kind of on the way. Then there's the upcoming Jeep Scrambler, which should be somewhat compact.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Mazda still offers a couple of different B series pickups in the UK, but I'm not sure how likely it is that they'll return to North America. They were pretty fantastic little pickups though, and I believe they were only offered in a two door configuration. I'm assuming that they we're discontinued in the U.S once the previous gen Ranger was released?
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-21-2018, 05:26 PM
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Comparing old to new, its crazy to see how much the Ranger has changed. Current dimensions and overall specs are probably closer to a 90's F-Series

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