Ford Ranger 2005: Still America's Best Selling Compact With The Best Ford Replacement PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
A Ranger equipped with 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 two fuels in 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 4x4 height. It also has either a 6-disc in-dash CD player or an MP3 player, depending on 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 current flowing and white-faced gauges add interior style. The Tremor package also includes five-spoke 16-inch wheels.
2005 Ford Five Hundred Complemented with Top Notch Parts for Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The Five Hundred will become Ford's flagship sedan. It has higher seating, increased interior space, and optional all-wheel drive. The Five Hundred has considerably more interior space than full-size Crown Victoria, even though it's only 25 centimeters shorter
"While industry tries to make car-based crossovers, Ford Five Hundred stands alone as first crossover-based car" said Ford vice president Phil Martens.
It's a 4-door sedan with SUV and crossover advantages, including cargo capability, versatility, "command" seating and available all-wheel drive.
The Five Hundred's 3.0-litre Duratec V6 engine makes 200 horsepower while two transmissions will be offered: a six-speed automatic and a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The front seat H (hip) point is four inches higher than that in a typical midsize sedan, and rear seats are higher still. Legroom is best-in-class front and rear, while trunk is biggest in class. An appealing truck/SUV attribute of Ford 500 is high seating that helps drivers see over-or at least eye-to-eye with-other vehicles for a feeling of security.
Standard features include 17-inch wheels (upgraded to 18-in. on SEL and Limited), entry keypad and one-touch "up" front power windows. Options include AWD, leather seating with power adjustments (including power recliner for driver), fold-flat front passenger seat, reverse parking assist and a moon roof, but not yet a navigation system.
The Five Hundred is a front-wheel-drive car with available all-wheel drive. It uses an electronically controlled, electro-hydraulic Haldex limited-slip viscous coupling just ahead of rear differential to transfer torque to rear wheels whenever fronts begin to slip. Electronic controls gather information from anti-lock brakes and other sensors to enable it to react within 50 milliseconds, much faster than competitive viscous devices.