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    I didn't realize that the GPS wouldn't get along with the Nextels.

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    I think the new trucks 'look' better than the CLS 'gay pride' rainbow logo.

    That's just my thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    I didn't realize that the GPS wouldn't get along with the Nextels.
    I did not either, any details?

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    Since we got GPS our Nextels cut out every time the GPS pings. It is overly annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AULupstate View Post
    I think the new trucks 'look' better than the CLS 'gay pride' rainbow logo.
    I think they look sharp. I can't wait to get the umpteen NASCAR like bunch of stickers off my truck. I've got and SM&P truck with all the tags & stickers, but then I had to throw on the CLS logo and USIC sticker on each door when everything merged, and the USIC sticker isn't even the logo or color of what it is now. It's too much.
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    The CLS logo always reminded me of a Painting Company.

    I guess when you tell your people to put paint down every time your machine goes off it does seem fitting.

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    My Buddy got one of the new trucks last week. No room for a pump. The computer stand replaced by a desk. The beacon is now a double rotator type and he said it sounds like someone trying to drill a hole thru the roof of truck with a slow, dull drill. The computer desk also prevents any movement of the passenger side seat. Oh yeah, they are 4 cylinders now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    My Buddy got one of the new trucks last week. No room for a pump. The computer stand replaced by a desk. The beacon is now a double rotator type and he said it sounds like someone trying to drill a hole thru the roof of truck with a slow, dull drill. The computer desk also prevents any movement of the passenger side seat. Oh yeah, they are 4 cylinders now!
    If they really are 4 cylinders, they fleet managers are gonna be in a heap of trouble. The 4 cylinders are absolutely awful with the extended cabs. It's too much weight with those little engines. They already can barely handle that weight, let alone the added weight of all the supplies and equipment.
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    That's awesome. These guys NEVER think of weight to power ratio when buying these vehicles. It seems to be a standard problem too, not just limited to one company.

    Oh but the 4 cyl. is excellent on gas to bring that cost sown!!! Ok, load that same truck up with ALL the eqipment that is supposed to be in there. Guess what GAS BILLS just shot up!!!

    First thing to shit out = Transmission. It's not made to haul that weight
    Second = Valve cover gaskets. To much pressure being built up trying to move that weight.
    Third = Engine. No oil or oil leaks mean problems.

    Penny wise and pound foolish when the repair bills start pouring in.

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    Sounds like a good time for the Vehicle Longevity and Economy Bonus (VLEB). You get points for having low cost repairs and good mileage readings. Then, once you've racked up the points, they can cancel the program and hand out nothing (but hey, you have a job right ?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave72 View Post
    Sounds like a good time for the Vehicle Longevity and Economy Bonus (VLEB). You get points for having low cost repairs and good mileage readings. Then, once you've racked up the points, they can cancel the program and hand out nothing (but hey, you have a job right ?)
    Hey when did we start working contracts in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AULupstate View Post
    That's awesome. These guys NEVER think of weight to power ratio when buying these vehicles. It seems to be a standard problem too, not just limited to one company.

    Oh but the 4 cyl. is excellent on gas to bring that cost sown!!! Ok, load that same truck up with ALL the eqipment that is supposed to be in there. Guess what GAS BILLS just shot up!!!

    First thing to shit out = Transmission. It's not made to haul that weight
    Second = Valve cover gaskets. To much pressure being built up trying to move that weight.
    Third = Engine. No oil or oil leaks mean problems.

    Penny wise and pound foolish when the repair bills start pouring in.

    My philosophy has always been 'If you buy JUNK you will replace it'

    Buy quality ONCE. Buy the RIGHT equipment for the job.
    I thought both the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder models used the same transmissions, just different gear ratios and shift points.

    The 4 cylinder puts out a respectable 143 hp t 5,250 rpm and 154 ft lbs of torque at 3,750 rpm. At the same rpm the V6 puts out a healthy 207 hp but it's 238 ft lbs of torque is at a lower 3,000 rpm.

    As previously noted the little 4 cylinder does all right without the extended cab. I have driven these and they drive well. Equipment weight is going to vary by company. As pointed out here a number of these trucks need to carry pumps plus all the rest. In the Ford Ranger regular cab with 4 cylinder I have only had to carry the electronic locate equipment and miscellaneous tools but I did load up with every case of paint I could cram into it.

    I was trying to check the web to find some historical data a=on the inline 4 vs V6 in this model regards repairs but just too many websites pop up on the Ford Ranger.

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    My Buddy says his 1st fill-up showed he was getting a little over 12 mpg as compared to about 10 mpg with his old V6 Ranger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    My Buddy says his 1st fill-up showed he was getting a little over 12 mpg as compared to about 10 mpg with his old V6 Ranger.
    Some wonk in an office is thinking - 2 miles per gallon times x number of trucks for y miles equals x * y dollars per year. Add to this the savings of the lower purchase cost of the four cylinder.
    This of course equals a tremendous success. If the long term maintenance costs are higher they just do not get factored in.

    If one wants to generate a report to support their theory the numbers can be made to say anything one wants.

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