At Hearts Pest Mangement, I have followed the tradition of many fleet owners/managers by purchasing Ford Rangers again and again. Perhaps I have gotten myself into a lazy rut. I need to take my own advice and think out of the box I have gotten myself into. After many repairs this spring and now in the early fall, I am unequivicably convinced that Ford Rangers just don’t last predictably. Oh, you’ll have one that breaks the mold, but many will have engine problems below the 100,000 mile mark. A few years ago I had one Ranger with a transmission that went out at 25,000 miles and then the engine at 35,000 miles. That was actually heaven-sent as they were obviously warranteed. Now I am purchasing extended maintenance and premium protection plans for my Rangers. They are a logical choice so as to keep maintenance bills predictable and to even out cash flow, but they are also my plan B for trucks that have become my 5th collumn. What is your opinion on the various engine options for pest control trucks that haul considerable weight?
Does anyone out there believe that auto mechanics, even the specialists, know how to solve anything beyond the most obvious electrical problems? We have given up one personal vehicle – and one Ford Ranger, due to unpredictable and repeating electrical gadge malfunctions. I let go of a Ford Ranger just this week, as I did not have a premium extended car plan on this truck with 87,000 miles and I could not tolerate the work interruptions inflicted on my service technician. Neither the dealer, nor an auto electronic specialist was able to find the problem. I also lost my GPS coverage when the Ford dealer recommended removing the GPS to see if its’ wiring was interfering with the operation of Ford electronics.
Should I switch to the Toyota Tacoma? The pricing is higher, but perhaps not that much higher if you consider items that are standard in some of the Tacomas, not found in the Ranger. …or if you believe Tacomas will retain a higher trade in value – despite recent revelations about Toyota quality control or the lack thereof.
Are some of you looking to other options? For a while, I was looking constantly in the news for the introduction of hybrid light duty trucks. Frankly, I have given up hope. I even looked at veggie truck fuel. I don’t see anything that supplies noticeably better gas mileage, though some trucks have noticeably poor gas mileage.
I’d love to hear some ideas out there. I’m not a mechanic and I don’t want to be one. I want trucks that run consistently, capable of handling the work that I expect a work truck to handle.
This post is sincerely submitted by a consultant with no clue about anything on 4 wheels.