Ford Ranger 2020
Matt Campbell had this to say: The Ford Ranger FX4 is yet another worthy addition to the line-up for the Blue Oval brand. It’s an impressively kitted out model, even if there are no changes to the mechanicals underneath.You can read the full review here.
Here are the features of the Ford Rangerwe liked: Great styling differentiation, Still good to drive, Comfort and composure
The Ford Ranger Ute competes with the Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara in the Under $50k category.
With a braked towing capacity of 3500kg the Ford Ranger is suitable for general purpose towing.
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Ford Ranger 2020 Towing capacity
The Ford Ranger’s towing capacity ranges from 2500kg to 3500kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.
|Ford Ranger Model||Body Type||Specs||Braked Capacity|
|XL 2.2 LOW RIDER (4x2)||Ute||2.2L,Diesel,6 SP MAN||2500kg|
|XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2)||Ute||2.2L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO||2500kg|
|XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4x2)||Ute||2.2L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO||3500kg|
|XL 3.2 (4x4)||Ute||3.2L,Diesel,6 SP MAN||3500kg|
Ford Ranger Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Ranger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Ford Ranger 2019: The gearbox is not engaging
I’ve heard of a couple problems with the ten-speed automatic in these Rangers; problems that could produce the problems you’ve noted.
From what I can gather through the trade, there has been a dealer bulletin regarding failures of and problems with the transmission’s torque converter. Without a functioning torque converter, it’s entirely possible that you could have experienced exactly the symptoms you’ve mentioned. The fact that the computer hasn’t logged a relevant code is a bit of a puzzle, but stranger things have happened. Apparently, there was a manufacturing problem with a batch of transmissions (some of which were sold in Australia) and that problem caused torque-converter failure.
The other problem my insiders have identified involves the front oil pump for the transmission. Again, without this functioning, the transmission lacks the oil pressure it needs to engage and provide drive. Like the torque converters, it seems there was a bad batch of oil pumps made with too much hardening applied to the teeth, which made them brittle and prone to breaking.
I’m tipping the dealership will have a pretty good idea of what’s going on and that it will involve either the oil pump or the torque converter. At least your vehicle is still under factory warranty.
Ford Ranger: Can I flat-tow the Australian model?
I have some not-so-good news for you, David. The US-spec Ranger has a driveline that allows the transfer-case to be placed in neutral-2WD. Australian Rangers don’t. And it’s really that simple.
Flat-towing an Aussie Ranger would mean that the automatic transmission would be spinning internally without lubrication. That’s because the oil pump that lubricates the transmission only operates when the car’s engine is running.
Modern four-wheel-drive tech has all but eliminated the neutral position in the transfer-case, so the vast majority of vehicles are in the same boat. Technically, you could flat-tow a vehicle with a manual transmission (because the gearbox is splash-lubricated, not pump-lubricated) but my contacts at Ford tell me that you’d void your new-car warranty in the process in the Ranger’s case.
So what are your flat-towing options? Something like a Jeep Wrangler or Suzuki Jimny might be okay (but I’d check with the manufacturer first) or find something older with an old-school transfer-case set-up that allows for a neutral position.
Ford Ranger 2019: Why does my car shudder?
So, going by your description, the engine has only just started before the vehicle rolls downhill to the first intersection. So the engine has only been running for a few seconds, and then only at idle. It’s possible that the transmission pump hasn’t had time to build up enough pressure to fill the accumulators to eliminate any slack in the shifting clutches and bands. Which could, on the odd occasion, produce a clunk when you hit the throttle for the first time on a cold transmission.
Honestly, though, this is a problem you see more in older cars with worn transmissions, and I wouldn’t expect it from a 2019 Ranger.
But let me ask you a question: Is the vehicle lifted on its suspension? Many Ranger owners opt to raise their cars for greater off-road performance, but this changes the angle of the driveshaft and can cause precisely the shudder you’ve described. The fix is to fit a spacer between the car’s body and the centre-bearing of the driveshaft. That corrects the angle of the driveshaft and stops the shudders.
Should I buy extended warranty?
All the feedback I’ve had Steve makes me think that these extended warranties are a waste of your money. They tend to be very cleverly worded to ensure that the things that typically go wrong with cars of this age are not covered.
Have a close look at the fine print and make a decision from there. But if the warranty doesn’t cover things like fuel-injector and fuel-pump problems, or diesel-particulate filter dramas (all big dollar items on a Ford Ranger) then I’d be asking some difficult questions. And then leaving with my money still in my pocket.
Ford Ranger 2020 Price and Specs
|Ford Ranger Model||Body Type||Specs||Price|
|FX4 2.0 (4x4)||Ute||2.0L Diesel||$62,840|
|FX4 2.0 (4x4) SPECIAL EDITION||Ute||2.0L Diesel||$62,840|
|FX4 3.2 (4x4)||Ute||3.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO||$61,340|
|FX4 3.2 (4x4)||Ute||3.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN||$59,140|