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#16 Nascar3244888 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 31, 2011 - 04:38 AM

I have owned my 98 Ranger for 5 years with no major problems as my daily driver. I have 114k on it now. It is a 5 speed 4x4 3.0L V6 extended cab ranger. I have put this up to many tasks including hauling 1 ton of stone 3 times, offroading, and just plain highway driving. I average 20-22mpg every time around here driving it back and forth to work or the junkyard. Highway I have had as high as 24mpg. I love my truck and would not trade it for a nother brand. My family has had nothing but ford. Plenty of torque, good amount of hp. I have gone from 235/75/15 tires to bfg 31/10.5/15 tires and she really does good in the mud now. Dual exhaust. K&N air filter upgrade. just some little other upgrades such as a cd player and stuff. All in all they are great trucks and are best value for your money. Here is a pic of mine before I had the tires put on as well as my ranger windshield banner and window vent shades.

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 10:38 AM

Nascar3244888 that is a very nice looking PU. The tires look like they belong on that truck not like some chopped up mud runner. You obviously take good care of your vehicles.

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Posted September 03, 2011 - 09:35 PM

I have two trucks, a '01 Dakota Quad Cab 4WD with the 4.7 V-8. With a tail wind, empty, I might get 15-17 mpg. Pulling my 14 foot trailer with the 5 foot ramp gate, about 12-13. I also have a '97 Ranger with the 2.3, 5 speed and I get about 26 to 28 depending on how much I'm in the gas pedal. I pulled a 4 x 8 trailer with a JD 140 on it and still got around the mid-20s. It's a bit underpowered, but it gets the job done and it doesn't have to stop at every gas station like the Dakota does.

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 04:27 PM

I bought a 99 ranger new in 99. I've had it since, put 160k miles on it and it hasn't been a bad truck, but it's had issues. It's a regular cab, 7ft bed, 3.0 with 5 speed manual transmission. About once every couple of months I stall it pulling away from a red light, it just doesn't have the torque my old truck had. The oil pan gasket popped out from between the pan and the engine block. The front brakes were always an issue until I replaced the rotors as well as the pads. The front suspension wore and had to replace the ball joints. Needed a clutch about 130K miles. Now there is an exhaust leak into the radiator fluid, so I'm looking into replacing the head gaskets and I've been warned that the heads may be cracked. With mixed city/highway driving I usually got about 19-22 mpg. I don't expect perfection, but I feel this truck has needed to be worked on more frequently than I might have wished.

One thing I will say, since I purchased a full size pickup a few years back: Don't just look at the MPG when thinking about your savings. My F-150 with the 5.4 engine cost twice what the Ranger does to put new tires on. Oil changes cost more, spark plugs cost more. In general, everthing about the larger truck costs more to keep it operating.

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 08:47 PM

I have a 97 F-150 2wd 4.2 V-6 and 5spd. The neighbors bought it new and forgot to put anti-freeze in it when it had 145,000 on it. I bought it for a fetch-it truck for $500 dollars and installed a Ford rebuilt engine and rebuilt everything from the differential to the bell housing. For some reason I just like driving that truck. I actually like driving it more than the 2010 Sport-trac. or our Sable. Gets good mileage and rides real nice. Needs some pretty aggressive tires on the rear to get around in the winter though. The limited slip does help. For in town I would rather drive something like your Ranger or the Sport-trac for tight turning and ease of parking. It's tough to get everything in one vehicle.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Well I didn't buy a Ford Ranger I got a Mazda B3000.
1999, regular cab, 6ft box, V6, Auto overdrive, with AC, 244000km and it seems to be OK.
Has a bit of minor rust here and there but look at the pic under the hood.
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It has had a good clean up and is black which hides a lot of rust but no rips in the seats or busted up interior I think overall it has been well taken care of.
Picked it up today, got to fix a few things on it, exhaust from the cat back is shot, parking brake sticks, wiper blades no good, plus. Hopefully by next Sat plated and on the road.
I know if I looked hard and long enough I could of found one better but for what I paid for it I could easily done worse.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 06:53 PM

Not a bad looking truck Doug. Only thing black doesn't hide... damage (scratches and dents). Good luck with your new to you truck.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:32 PM

Congratulations on you new truck Doug. Hope you can put another 245K on it , Al

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 08:05 PM

Nice truck Doug, hope you get it plated and getting some bucket seat time in soon.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 08:06 PM

Nice truck Doug, I have a 2000 mazda B 3000 that i bought used about 10 yrs ago .No breakdowns no nothing, i would go anywhere anytime in it.Thease trucks just keep on going.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 11:28 PM

Our Nephew purchased a Mazda PU years ago and I honestly didn't think that truck would ever die. He worked for rural water and that poor truck went everywhere every time it was asked to. I hope you have as good of luck with yours.

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 02:07 PM

I had a 94 Ranger and recked it, and I wish I had it back. I bought a 2000 GMC POS15 to replace the Ranger. Its not neer as good a truck. I'm looking for another Ranger. Thank God I still have my 84 Bronco II

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Posted November 30, 2011 - 12:30 PM

Congrats on the new rig. I am partial to the old Rangers mine has never let me down.Posted Image

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Posted November 30, 2011 - 04:50 PM

Well I didn't buy a Ford Ranger I got a Mazda B3000.
1999, regular cab, 6ft box, V6, Auto overdrive, with AC, 244000km and it seems to be OK.


Good news! You actually DID buy a Ford Ranger! In that particular range of years, the Ranger was built by Mazda! I have a Haynes manual for that year (I had a '99 Ranger single cab, 4X4 with the 3.0L and a 5 speed) and you're welcome to it if you PM me you address.

Aside from being under-powered, it was a good truck. Had 199,000 miles on it and it still ran great!

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Posted November 30, 2011 - 05:32 PM

Congrats on the new rig. I am partial to the old Rangers mine has never let me down.Posted Image


Thats when Rangers were real Rangers, yrs ago I gad a 1982 Ford F150, 1/2 ton pu and it had the Explorer option on it.




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