Ranger / BT50 - New &/or Old - Known Problems

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by Biggswah » January 1st, 2011, 6:03 pm

rolly82 wrote:
LUXTC wrote:the diffs are rubbish.my mates snapped 8 diffs so far and hes only running 33s and takes it easy in the bush.i wouldnt bother your better off with a more well known 4wd
snapped 8 diffs you say? takes it easy? i call B.S.
Rangers are not well known? what would be a well known 4wd then?
I'm with rolly on this one, i don't treat mine well when im off road and never had any problems with the diff !

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by seedyj » January 1st, 2011, 6:24 pm

8 diffs,would like to see the job invoices for the repairs.

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by fred99999au » January 1st, 2011, 7:14 pm

I'd like to see 33s without a 5 inch lift and offset rims and major guard surgery.

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by Aussie_1959 » January 1st, 2011, 10:09 pm

no probs with my diff either i just have problems keepin her on 4 wheels and out of watewr holes i think she things she is amphibious

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by JBird » January 2nd, 2011, 12:50 pm

In all fairness Luxtc, the only person I know of that has a Ranger running 33's is TAZZY, and from what I have read he doesn't exactly mollycoddle his truck through the rough stuff, yet he has never mentioned any diff problems, let alone broken ones.
Either your mate is the unluckiest bloke out there, or maybe there's a bit of exaggeration coming from your side of the fence?
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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by rolly82 » January 3rd, 2011, 5:24 pm

JBird wrote:...Either your mate is the unluckiest bloke out there, or maybe there's a bit of exaggeration coming from your side of the fence?
I think it's more of the latter, just a big story. its near imposable to snap one diff,
let alone 8.
But back on topic, i have one of these vehicles so i can actually tell you from a owners
point of view and not a distant relative twice removed veiw point on the problems
with these vehicles,
the diff is NOT a problem in these cars.
-Rust has shown it's ugly head in some vehicles, but it is easy to combat
-busted clutches are a problem, but the orignal op is looking for a auto
appart from that, not too many problems are faced with the Ranger/BT50

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by RangerPunx » January 3rd, 2011, 9:40 pm

I went and looked at a couple of the weekend and only just noticed the Auto have a switch for the 4WD system. What are the difference between the shifter in the manual and the electrical switch in the autos?
I would rather a Manual but the missus is not fussed and will be happy with what ever comes along.

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by seedyj » January 4th, 2011, 6:56 am

4wd system- auto is done electronically with the aid of control module and a motor on the rear of the transfer case and the manual is done mechanically thats it in a nut shell without getting into it in great detail hope that helps.

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by Zako » January 4th, 2011, 7:49 am

I've got an auto BT and the only gripe I have with the electronic switch is that it takes a while to get from 4H to 4L... So whilst the others are shooting off, I'm still sitting there waiting... but I catch up eventually :D

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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by BFT RANGER » January 4th, 2011, 10:41 am

LUXTC wrote:the diffs are rubbish.my mates snapped 8 diffs so far and hes only running 33s and takes it easy in the bush.i wouldnt bother your better off with a more well known 4wd
Luxtc you Must be confused with the badge that stuck on the front of your mates ute.
Maybe its a TOYOTA badge.LOL
Even the Ranger's in SA forum's dont have any diff problems or the Thai forums.
Ive seen one front diff that exploded and that was from running a 6" lift and 34" tyres and that from a Thailand Ranger owner.

I for one would buy another Ranger.
and that coming from a guy that sold a TD Auto Prado. The Ranger also comes with a 5 speed auto compared to the outdated 4 speed Hilux.
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Re: Known Problems before I buy (again)

Unread post by Wombat200 » January 4th, 2011, 11:45 am

rolly82 wrote:appart from that, not too many problems are faced with the Ranger/BT50
Main problems that I've had are less goodies available for them off-the-shelf, and Ford's attitude to customer service - which is so bad that I'd be unlikely to buy another Ford ever again, for that main reason..... Other than that, happy with the Ranger so far......

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by Rikarbara » January 10th, 2011, 9:42 am

Apart from some minor cosmetic differences the Ranger and the BT50 are both built in Thialand by Mazda and are IDENTICAL under the skin in spite of what most Ford dealers will tell you. Rick

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by bt50les » January 10th, 2011, 10:33 am

fuel excessive use. model BT50 3 litre 4x4 5 speed. 2009 update bought november 2009
The first 300 ks the tobar was black from soot from the exhaust. and fuel used was 13.5 lit 100ks. I complained at 1st service 1,000 ks and was told all was "good" No problems found. At 10,000ks after much stress problem fixed for 1,200ks. achieved 8.5 litres per 100ks. them back to excessive fuel usage. I am due 20,000ks and have started on dealer and Mazda to get it fixed. I am a 60 year old man and drive at 90ks on the highway. The speedo is 5 kls and hour slow at 100ks according to gps.

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by ashholliday » January 10th, 2011, 3:56 pm

front diff fails if you drive through water

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Re: Ranger / BT50 - Known Problems

Unread post by rolly82 » January 10th, 2011, 4:31 pm

i've driven through heaps of water, diff has not failed yet.

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