- Oct 29, 2019
- Reaction score
- Vehicle Year
- Make / Model
- Ranger XL
- Engine Size
- 3.0 V6
- 2WD / 4WD
- Total Lift
- Pretty sure it's stock. I could be wrong.
- Tire Size
- My credo
- Nothing personal. I'd rather be driving my Bug.
Sorry, I only made it 7 pages or so in. But it's 0230, I have to be up in 4 hours, and I had thoughts I wanted to share in response to these early posts.
#1 Floor mounted high beam switches. It's just common sense! You shouldn't need to take your damn hands off the wheel on a dark country road to turn your high beams on/off or flash another car for deer/cops ahead!
Oh, man. I don't have a left hand (it's congenital; never did have one), so any hand control on the driver's left is a pain in the ass (but guess where the turn signal, wiper controls, headlight switch, dimmer switch, cabin light, and parking brake release are all located on a '93 Ranger...yeah, okay, that one I didn't think through when I bought it). Go ahead; try rolling down your window with your right hand next time. Worst positioned window crank I've ever used. Actually, one of the things I used to brag about with my Bug, though, was the dimmer switch being on the floor. Three-pedal tango is easy compared to reaching around what passes for a steering wheel these days. Besides, when do you ever have to operate the clutch and dimmer switch simultaneously? Also, with my Bug, I could reach through the steering wheel, but thanks to the explosive device they stick in there now, it's more like a giant M&M you grip the edges of to steer, so I have to reach around. Happily, an advantage of my '93: no airbag to accidentally go off and break the only arm I've got.You must be kidding...? Hard to do when doing the 3 pedal tango, added a switch in dash for easy on/off. Nowadays, the switch is in the stalk in steering column.
This exact thing was one of the non-negotiable features I need, which led to my finding myself in a '93 Ranger. I don't care how reliable automatic transmissions are or ever will be. My left foot gets bored in an automatic, and starts stomping the floor, looking for a clutch every time I let my guard down. And if I'm lucky, it doesn't find a pedal. No, I'm too used to a stick, even if you ignore my control-freak issues. Besides, automatic transmissions just feel lazy to me. Too much modern automotive design seems intended to divorce the driver's senses from the road, which takes the fun out of driving.Manual transmissions.
Right there with you!Front door window vent, AKA Wind Wings