Ford Ranger 2005: Still America's Best Selling Compact With The Best Ford Replacement Parts
By Jenny McLane
A Ranger equipped with the German 4.0-liter overhead-cam V6 has an optional five-speed automatic available complements each available engine with close ratios for better throttle response when accelerating, towing a trailer or driving off road. The Ranger line offers a range of options: Edge, Tremor, and FX4 models are available, with upgraded audio and wheel packages. There are Regular Cab and Super Cab extended-cab bodies, but no crew cab.
The 2005 Ranger is available in XL, XLT, Edge, and FX4 and FX4 Level II trim levels, in Regular Cab and two- and four-door Super Cab configurations. It has two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. A 7-foot box option is available on XLT Regular Cab Styleside models. Five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions are available.
The Ford Ranger 2005 has 3 engines to choose from: The 2.3-liter four-cylinder is a modern dual overhead-cam design with four valves per cylinder rated at 143 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.0-liter V6 is a traditional overhead-valve engine rated 154 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This engine has flexible fuel capability, which can operate on ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two fuels in the same tank. This engine is standard on all 4x2 SuperCab models equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.
XLT adds chrome trim, interior amenities (including a CD player, tilt wheel, full carpeting), and useful truck accessories (rear step bumper, sliding rear window, mud flaps). XLT 4WD models get step bars and fog lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels.
Edge models feature upgraded shock tuning and larger wheels and tires. Edge comes in 4x2 and 4x4 editions, but either way it rides at the 4x4 height. It also has either a 6-disc in-dash CD player or an MP3 player, depending on the model. The Tremor package includes an upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/MP3/6CD system with a 510-watt amp, 10-inch bass subwoofer and four large speakers. A high-output alternator keeps the current flowing and white-faced gauges add interior style. The Tremor package also includes five-spoke 16-inch wheels.
The FX4 comes with heavy-duty shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires, and a limited-slip rear differential. The FX4 Level II package gets Bilstein shocks tuned for improved handling on and off road. The package includes a Torsen limited-slip axle, eight-hole Alcoa forged aluminum wheels and 31x10.5-inch B.F. Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. It comes with stainless steel front tow hooks, black wheel lip moldings, and skid plates that cover the front suspension and differential, transfer case, and fuel tank.
Standard safety features include Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, frontal air bags and safety belts with front pretensioners, outboard seating positions and side intrusion door beams, LATCH child seat mounts are provided in the front passenger seat on all models, 24-hour Roadside Assistance on all models.
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About the author:
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.