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Enjelus, No one knows if the payload capacities have been exaggerated. If you want a Ford Ranger, then buy a Ford Ranger. It’s your choice. According to this article (http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/08/taj-mahauler-we-drive-the-mahindra-diesel-pik-up.html) this little truck will hold a 4X8 sheet of plywood; just saying…. Sure, you can’t close the tailgate while it’s loaded with the plywood but who cares? You can easily secure such a load. Besides, how often does the average person load a truck with plywood? However, it’s nice to know that it will. The Ranger starts at $17,820 and with destination charges, more like $18,500. Okay, that’s around $3500 less that what Mahindra wants for their base model. So, what kind of a Ranger do you get for that price? I built one on the Ford website. You get and truck with a vinyl seats, manual transmission (not necessarily a bad thing), AM/FM stereo, 143 horsepower and 154 pounds of torque. The Mahindra starts at a claimed $22,000. So, what do you get for that? You get a 2.2 liter diesel with 140 horsepower and 236 pounds of torque (possibly more). More payload capacity, A/C-heat, disk brakes, electronic stability, power windows, locks and key-less entry, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with MP3 playback, SD card slot and iPod adapter, and a six-speed trip-tronic/automatic transmission. Hmmmmm, let me think…. I’ll pay the extra $3500 for the truck that I want (if it is all that it claims to be). Some people don’t want all of those extras and maybe you are one of those persons. If you are, then you should be completely happy with the base Ranger, enjoy it. I however, DO want those features in a truck and if it cost a mere $3500 bucks more than a completely stripped down Ford Ranger, I will stand in line to buy one. JMO….
I am a U.S. citizen expat and a veteran. I have lived and worked in several countries throughout the world. I currently work in Afghanistan. This truck makes the most sense to those of us that have had the opportunity to utilize a small truck with a diesel engine and to those who understand the advantages diesel engines. I am like many others here. I want to buy American, I truly do. Unfortunately, the Big 3 have produced nothing but gigantic pieces of garbage for far too many years and, IMO, charged too much for inadequate quality. I applaud the Big 3 for addressing their quality issues and they are currently producing very nice vehicles. Well, except for Chrysler, that poor company builds SOME vehicles very well but others are just not built to the quality that Ford and Chevy are currently producing. I personally will not purchase a Chrysler or Chevrolet product. Not until they cut me a check for bailing their sorry a**** out. My first project, many years ago, landed me in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our company had a fleet of these small four door Mitsubishi trucks. They were all 4X4 5-Speed with 4 cylinder diesels. I had never seen a truck like this before. I drove the absolute snot out of them. I was so impressed with their performance and fuel economy. They would go forever on a tank of fuel. And they were great off road performers. I would have loved to bring one of those trucks back to the U.S. For me, it was the perfect vehicle. I wondered why in the heck we didn’t have these great little trucks in the U.S. I believe that there is a market for this kind of truck in the U.S. Much more so than many people here think. I read a lot of negative comments about the price and that will be left to debate until the trucks actually appear on dealer lots. Everyone wants a quality truck with a 10K sticker price. Seriously, how often do you get your cake and get to eat it to?? In most cases, you get what you pay for. If you haven’t learned that lesson in life yet, you need to re-evaluate your learning process. None of us will know if the truck is worth the price until they are here. The replies about it being a POS are based on what?? Pure ignorance is my guess. I wish the oxygen thieves would just keep their opinions to themselves. Just because you have the right to an opinion doesn’t necessarily mean that you should give one…. From what I have read, this truck will have a U.S. exclusive interior that's been designed to American tastes (and sizes) by Michigan-based supplier Lear Corporation. It also has to meet U.S. safety and emissions requirements. If the truck is a hunk of junk, we will all know about it within the first 6 months to a year after it arrives. I am looking forward to this truck and I hope it is everything that is being advertised because it’s EXACTLY what I need. If it isn’t, then I’ll exercise my right as an American to buy something else. Good luck Mahindra....
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