I had a Mk2 Ranger crewcab (2005MY) for three years and 50,000km, with the naturally aspirated 2.9 diesel. I bought it because I needed a pickup for messy jobs (live out in the sticks and we have to cart our own fuel in and rubbish out). I didn't expect to like it, but it was ridiculously cheap. Nothing broke, and I grew to like it. The only bits I bought for it were tyres, wiper blades and filters in the whole time I had it. I never even bought a set of brake pads/shoes as far as I recall.
Have a 2011 (Mk3?) 2.5TD manual Ranger at the moment which I bought new, everyday car, and it's equally flawless - again I have never bought anything other than filters and wiper blades. I like it to drive on the road, it tows the boat well, nuclear heater in the winter and good in snow. Bit light on the back end and a bit bouncy when it is empty, but that is true of all crewcabs. Overall I can't really fault it.
Both have been used daily on surfaced and unsurfaced roads and are covered in mud for half the year. I won't even look at other options if I can get another one in three years or so, but the local importer has stopped doing them so I'll need to find a supplier first! If I couldn't get one, or they replace it with something rubbishy, I'd probably get a Hilux.
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