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#1 DZG OFFLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:18 AM

Since most of the automotive forums im on are crazy biased....

My current daily driver is a 77 F250. Shes been a faithful servent for almost 6 years and i have no idea how many miles....but, after 40 years even the best warriors need retirement. It just needs alot of work...

So, ive kinda narrowed it down a bit and im just looking for a few opinions. I want something that gets atleast high teens for mileage, and is reliable and easy to work on...without spending much more then 2-2500 bucks...in order of what i want..

1- 86-88 Ranger/BII 4x4. 5sp, 2.9L V6, basically fits every need, but they are pushing 30 years old, and its hard finding one that isnt a rust bucket, beat to hell, or suffering from "its old and nice so its worth a mint" syndrome...

2- 98+ Crown Vic/Grand Marquis. They appeal to me because there big, comfy, can tow a trailer, last forever, and can look/sound damn cool with the right exhaust and rims. Finding nice ones are easy and they are cheap and plentiful. The only thing holding me back on these are the fact they are awful in the snow.

3- 97-02 Expedition, cheap, plentiful, 4wd but still use fuel at an alarming rate.

4- 87-04ish dodge dakota -Biggest thing with these are i question their reliabilty with the V6.

Im open to other suggestions as well, not a big fan of S10s though, and i do not want some front wheel drive, unibody, econobox.

Thanks in advance!
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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:26 AM

I agree about the reliability issue with the Dodge 3.9 V6.

 

FIL bought one new in '93 and with only 300,000 miles its already knocking.  :(


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:28 AM

moderators pull this post, it's going to get ugly

I did have an 87 ranger, 2.9 it went almost 300k without no engine issues but that was decades ago

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:33 AM

I drive an 02 dakota...I have to say the V6 to look for is the 3.9! Stay away from the other one... The 3.9 will run forever, easy to work on. never failed me in over seven years. Mine gets around 18 to 19 mpg...I specifically looked for a manual trans in mine, 2 wheel drive. If necessary I could put on my hoist and replace clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing in a day for under 3 hundred dollars. I know of one of my friends who drives one, over 300,000. runs perfect!


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:40 AM

moderators pull this post, it's going to get ugly

I did have an 87 ranger, 2.9 it went almost 300k without no engine issues but that was decades ago

I'll just lurk this one out. 


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:43 AM

I'll just lurk this one out. 

I'm lurking too!


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 07:56 AM

This is also the most civil forum im on...had no intention of sparking cyber riots...

That being said, my dad also had an 87 2.9 ranger that went for 300k+ with no issue.

As for the dakotas, it seems very hard to find a 5sp one, and no way im dealing with a mopar slushbox.

How does the dakotas do on fuel? Also, what do the 4x4 ones run for a front suspension? Torsion bars or coils?

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:09 AM

Can't get a nice easy on gas and holding up long time vehicle anymore for $2500, my opinion. Go big, spend 5 or 6 grand, at least something in a nice Chevy truck out there for that money.  If I didn't do GM, probly would have a Dodge or Ram, excuse my mistake on name.  Manuals pretty much non-existant, who wants to be shifting all the time anyway.



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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:24 AM

Can't get a nice easy on gas and holding up long time vehicle anymore for $2500, my opinion. Go big, spend 5 or 6 grand, at least something in a nice Chevy truck out there for that money. If I didn't do GM, probly would have a Dodge or Ram, excuse my mistake on name. Manuals pretty much non-existant, who wants to be shifting all the time anyway.


If im going to spend that much ill just sink 1000 into my 77 and bite the bullet at the pump...lol. I apperciate the opinion though.

I prefer a manual, just for durability and i like rowing my own. I drive a semi for a living so its weird to me to run an automatic lol.
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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:54 AM

I gave up on newer vehicles and decided to fix up my 1985 Chevy C-10. It will cost about $500(when I get the time) but I like its simplicity compared to the new stuff. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:55 AM

I would go with the crown vic or grand marquis.  Four good winter tires, studs in the rear ones, if you like, then a few sand bags in the truck. But if you drive in snow storms, then a four wheel drive. But some times its just better to stay put and not be out in a snow storm or when weather is just bad out.  Just my opinion.

 

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:56 AM

Crown Vics are awesome. You can pick up used police cars everywhere and most of them will have either under 100k on the clock or slightly over. Our 98 Merc Grand Marque with the 4.6l was very reliable untill the overdrive band blew apart in the AODE tranny for the 2nd time BUT it had 290k on the original head gaskets which is amazing for a 4.6l.

 

I would love to own a Crown Vic with the P71 package 4.6l and 4R70W. Try to stay away from the Ford AOD and AODE trannys if you plan on pulling a trailer. 

 

2.9l rangers are really good trucks IF you can find one that isn't rusted in 1/2.

 

3.9l Dodge dakota is a really good good truck but they do rust  and Crysler Auto trannys in them are prone to pump failure which burns up the clutches. I did see somewhere that Porting the pump will make them last alot longer. I used to own a 3.9l Dakota club cab long bed but sold it when the tranny went. Driving down the road 1 day and it just quit moving. I suspect that the inner seal went on the pump.

 

1990s ford F150 4x4 are good trucks if you can find one that isn't rusted up really bad. 5.0l fuel injected with 5 speed



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Posted November 09, 2017 - 10:41 AM

ok ok, this is my ride I paid 500 for and put 325.00 in parts into....about 3 or 4 years ago.

 

825.00 total is about 275.00 per year going by 3 years.

 

Starts and runs perfect no knock, ping, or smoke. Does not burn a drop of oil. Has hauled loads or wood, tractors, kayaks, and what ever else I tie to it. 

 

 

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I honestly think its been 4 years now so that 206.00 per year. 

 

Over 300K and running strong.

 

This is my daily driver winter beater work car. 

 

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So simple and easy to work on, but so reliable you probably won't have to. 

 

 

 


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 10:43 AM

I'm lurking too!

I could not help myself.

 

"Can't get a nice easy on gas and holding up long time vehicle anymore for $2500" 

 

That comment pulled me out of the wood work. 



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Posted November 09, 2017 - 11:03 AM

Got the blue one for 1000.00 put 1200.00 into it. complete brakes all around, new timing assembly, water pump, PCV, spark plugs, hoses, ALL filters, re: fuel air etc. oil change, engine coolant flush, and a restore on ALL front end components. (done by me)

 

176K miles and I would say its ready to go for 115K with out a flaw. next timing service is at 115K.

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Oh and gets 28-30 miles per gallon. 

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The red one we paid 1000.00 for as well, but it was a younger car 135K miles had hood damage and a broken headlight. No parts list on this one because it was an exact replacement of the one that saved his life  we used all the brand new equipment we just installed on his old car into this one because I gave his old one the same serviced I gave the blue one. 

 

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The one he crashed I paid 1200.00 for and put about 1200.00 into. 

 

It was a real pretty car at one time. He only put 3000 miles on it from when he got it till when he crashed it it was currently running perfect and just hitting the 300K mile mark. 

 

BTW I challenge you  to find a rusted out Volvo S60. 

 

 

 

 

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