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Old 01-01-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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My neighbor is thinking of trading in her old wagon for a used compact pickup, and I've let her drive my 1999 Ford Ranger to get a feel for the difference. She liked the ride and the handling.

Then she tells me she test-drove a 2001 Nissan Frontier owned by a relative and said she was MUCH more impressed with how "solid" it felt on the road, and how much more she liked the design and options.

I always thought these two compact pickups were about the same in quality and reliability. Can I hear some thoughts on this? (I want to be able to defend my poor Ranger.)
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Southern NH
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Sorry, but I have owned Fords and Nissans and the Nissans were much more reliable. Consumer Reports would probably show this as well...
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Atteboro, MA
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did you check out the honda ridgeline? It's a great truck. It drives like a car and has a trunk compartment under the flat bed. Pretty cool We love ours.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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the ford ranger is one tough little truck and will be cheaper to fix and maintain plus the only differance is the ranger rides like a truck and the nissian rides more like a car but as for being durable the ranger is pretty much a 1/2 ton truck in a 1/4 body and with the 4.0 V6 is great for towing and hauling plus the ranger looks better than the frontier IMO.

fuel milage is the same
2001 Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD

14MPG CITY
17MPG HWY
15 combined
2001 Nissan Frontier V6 4WD

14MPG CITY
18MPG HWY
15 combined

taken from http://www.fueleconomy.gov/***/sbs.htm (broken link)
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: United States
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Personally I would go with the Frontier. Ford does make a really good truck though. I like the looks of the Nissan though.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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I have never owned a Niussan. But I have to say that the hondas and toyota I have owned were as solid feeling after I had them 10 years as when new. Never had this with a ten year old american car or truck;and I have own alot of them.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I have never owned a Niussan. But I have to say that the hondas and toyota I have owned were as solid feeling after I had them 10 years as when new. Never had this with a ten year old american car or truck;and I have own alot of them.
I have and I own American cars ranging in age from 15 to 44 years old. Definitely a solid feel, probably because of the thick sheet metal, and steel where plastic is on modern cars.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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I had a Ranger, I would go for the Frontier.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:39 AM
 
Location: United States
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I have and I own American cars ranging in age from 15 to 44 years old. Definitely a solid feel, probably because of the thick sheet metal, and steel where plastic is on modern cars.
Possibly true, but have you felt the metal on the new Impala's and Malibu's??? My Civic don't even bent that bad! GM has thinned down their shells, even on the trucks. I see many of the newer models already with dents and dings.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Possibly true, but have you felt the metal on the new Impala's and Malibu's??? My Civic don't even bent that bad! GM has thinned down their shells, even on the trucks. I see many of the newer models already with dents and dings.
I don't own any new cars so I don't know.
However, one of my Cadillac friends bought a new (2010) Cadillac DTS and I'll ask him about the sheet metal.
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