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Hello everyone,

 

Since both the ranger and maverick are out in the market for a good time, I wanna know which one has better reliability than the other whether they are new or used? The maverick have 2 engines option, while the ranger have on 1 engine. Also, which does have better maintenance when it comes to cost and parts? While the maverick is cheaper, but if the ranger is overall better except MPG, I might end up getting the ranger. I don't have lots of work to do except loading medium weight stuff, traveling, and daily drive.

 

Best regards.

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Ranger if you want a truck that’s built like a truck. Maverick if you want a truck that’s built like a car. 

Tacoma if you want a truck that’s built like a truck, but is reliable and not an endless money pit. 

Ridgeline if you want a truck that’s built like a car, but is reliable and not an endless money pit. 

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Neither. The Ranger uses the same EcoBoost engine as the Mustang, which is not made for a truck. The Maverick EcoBoost engine is made for Ford Escapes, Focuses and Fusions, also not truck-like. The only thing giving them power is the turbo. The Maverick is also not a real pickup truck, as @Kaizen said. It's a unibody car that looks like a truck. They're made in Mexico, which is where most of Ford's vehicles come from that are having quality problems. They're probably cheap for a reason.

If you want to stick with a Ford, find an old Ford Ranger that's in good shape. They're small, but they're still built like a truck and can haul. The Maverick can only tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds on the chasis, certain add-ons can raise it to 4,000. Out of the box, an old Ranger will tow 2,000 pounds on the bumper, up to 5,000 pounds on the frame. 

If you just want a truck, get a Toyota or Honda Ridgeline, depending on what you want. 

For me, I would prefer to own a four doors truck since the old ranger didn't come with that feature. I currently driving 2002 Explorer Sport Trac and it is doing well. I'm also keeping my old thought of buying the second-gen 2007-2010 models either with a V6 or V8, but somehow I wanna own something new. I couldn't get one since their prices still high so I bought the first-gen. Still on the look out about these 3 truck options I'm considering and hopefully I can make my decision next summer.

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@justin-shepherd and @kaizen are on the right track with the Ridgeline.  Hits your specs exactly.  Even though it's a little more expensive than a Ranger, cost of ownership over the long haul will be similar, and will give you much less frustration.  Besides, the cabin driving experience will be simply on another level of roominess, quietness, and handling.  I test drove one and it was real nice [I didn't buy it because in the end, I need a truck that can do real towing and hauling and other trucky things].

A lot of conversations on this site revert back to "don't buy an XX, get a Toyota or Honda instead."  That's for good reason.  But there can be good reasons to buy a Ford, too.  And if you get one without a lot of complex options, drive it gently and maintain it religiously, you might get a Ranger or Maverick to 200,000 miles.  But if you do buy a Ford, it is absolutely mandatory that you have a local dealer you can trust.  Their sales ethics must be pristine, and their service department exemplary.  You need a dealer that is going to stand behind their product.  Anything less than a top quality dealer is a deal breaker for a Ford

Somehow I forgot to mention my third option and it's buying the second-gen of the Explorer Sport Trac with a V6 or V8 (2007-2010). I couldn't get one since their prices are high and got the first-gen instead. Hopefully I can get something next summer.

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The Maverick is based on the European Ford Focus MK4.

 

I can’t really comment on the Hybrid version and no one truly knows anything about it yet - all that’s known is that Ford has a history of making the worst CVT/eCVT gearboxes and no reliability info is available yet about the latest generation.

As far as the turbocharged petrol - The main difference is that Ford is offering the 2.0L EcoBoost as was offered in the Ford Edge - and it’s not a great engine by any stretch of the imagination!

A bellow average but with proper care, 125k-150k miles is probably doable.

 

As far as the tranny, Ford went with the same 8F35 unit as the Focus - and it doesn’t have a great reputation either.

Looking online, most issues are related to the gearbox hesitating to shift and it’s not uncommon for them to jerk even at low mileages and require very frequent ATF replacements.

 

The Ranger, Bronco (and VW Amarok) are based on old the old generation of the Mazda BT-50.

So far, all that is known is that the 10 speed that comes with the 2.3 EcoBoost has serious issues!

So being honest, neither of them are built “tough”.

The Maverick 2.0 seems to be a lightly safer bet - that powertrain has been tested, but it’s still just a big disappointment.

 

Have you considered a Toyota Tacoma? It’s probably the last truck not ruined by overly complex tech. 

I'm currently driving 2002 Explorer Sport Trac and it is doing well. I'm also keeping my old thought of buying the second-gen 2007-2010 models either with a V6 or V8. I couldn't get one since their prices still high so I bought the first-gen, but somehow I wanna own something new. Still on the look out about these 3 truck options I'm considering and hopefully I can make my decision next summer.

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Buy a Toyota Tacoma or if something bigger then the Toyota Tundra.

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