Mea Culpa – Guilty of Shortchanging the Ford F150

February 12, 2013

So a while back I posted two blog entries about the discontinued Ford Ranger.

1) Fleet Ford Rangers or Tacoma and Other Options
2) Ecoboost My Ranger

At this point, I have to retract most of my concerns about the Ford F150.

Yes, the gas mileage is too low, but having eliminated 7-8 Rangers and replacing them with F150s (3.7 liter engines), I have realized that the gas mileage is not very different. In fact, I get more consistent gas mileage from the F150 than the Ranger.

More importantly, I have had virtually no mechanical problems with my F150s. My pest control technicians are happy with the comfort and with their increased productivity. Turns out, they don’t enjoy sitting around the dealership with their route work building up.
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EcoBoost My Ranger!

May 9, 2011

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Ford has much too much eGo in their EcoBoost. What are they thinking in Detroit? Did they not know we were in serious economic trouble? Did they not consider the possibility of another run up on gas prices? Power? As a pest control fleet owner I could car less about power. We carry 500-1200 pounds in the bed, not 3,000 pounds. We are not racing them off-road. I don’t think I’d want my guys to even consider the possibility that they could power down the streets.
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Fleet Trucks – Ford Rangers or Toyota Tacoma – other options

September 17, 2010

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?
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