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Old 11-30-2010, 01:28 PM
sixshooter sixshooter is offline
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Default Re: At what point will my Ranger stop breaking?

yeah, PO usually means Previous Owner in automotive/motorcycle forums...

but then again, abbreviations can be dangerous... I could have meant that the Post Office had done it. Which would have been very very strange.

The fact of the matter in this case is that the mechanic I bought it from cut the parking brake cables so he could fix the rear brakes.

No mysterious Platforma Obywatelska party member trying to sabotage me, and certainly nobody cutting my brake LINES, which would result in immediate un-drive-ability. Just parking brake CABLES. So I have to remember to turn the wheels toward the curb when I park, or shove something under the wheels. I used my Lit textbook yesterday.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:02 PM
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So I have to remember to turn the wheels toward the curb when I park, or shove something under the wheels. I used my Lit textbook yesterday.
Yeah, that's about all lit books are good for really.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:06 PM
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yeah, PO usually means Previous Owner in automotive/motorcycle forums...

but then again, abbreviations can be dangerous... I could have meant that the Post Office had done it. Which would have been very very strange.
I was at work so when I read it, all I could think was "Purchase Order" LOL
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:17 PM
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Default Re: At what point will my Ranger stop breaking?

To directly answer your question, none of them ever stop breaking. It actually sounds like you probably got a nice little truck and for a good price. I would just keep on the replacement merry go round until it slows down some. ...and it will slow down. Vehicles like that are products of owners who don't believe in preventative maintainance. When someone gets hold of one like that who takes care of a vehicle, sometimes it can be overwhelming, because we would see something needing to be repaired, where someone else would not.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:05 PM
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Keep your head up man, you're not the only who has had problems with a new truck. I've had my Ranger for close to 3 months now, and i've had two IAC's go out on me in that period.

To the guy with the 03 Level II, As far as expecting the dealer to do general maintenance, Never. My truck had a total of 50 point inspection, wipers, oil change, and pin stripe that I didn't even want. That was all the general maintenance they did. I took an entire week of driving to the dealership, performing my own 60,000 point inspection, letting the truck idle forever to listen for any noises, and I must have test drove it 6 times. The only problem I found was a slight vibration, and they put it in the shop and concluded it needed a tire rotation and fill. I would have b*tched to them about the shoddy oil they put in it, but I knew they weren't gonna do anything about that, so I changed that myself. Bottom line, dealerships are out to minimize their expenditures and maximize their profit. Carfax can be your best friend. My truck luckily had 6 pages of service records, all for maintenance inspections, tire rotations, and oil changes. From what I could see from the Carfax, and what I head/felt driving the truck, it was very well taken care of.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:25 PM
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sounds like normal wear and tear items for a truck its age to me. how the previous owners maintained it also has alot do with the issues youre dealing with now.
Exactly. So now you are having to fix the neglected bits. Any 15yr old vehicle when buying can often have similar. Most cars today don't last that long really..they can but past a few years many people just let things go. If it continues and you try to sell it at least you can point out the new parts. Nobody here can really tell you what to do without seeing it in person. Driveline..motor especially OK...body/rust..might be you have done OK believe it or not..maybe not. That is why some people spend 15X's more for a new one..with warranty..then they take care of maintenance and more really well..or if they don't they have a complete piece of junk in less time than the age of yours. It's not like you bought a 300,000 dollar house...find out it needs 50,000 in repairs and even if fixed the real estate market dived and you can't get 200,000 for it fixed...that has/is happening too.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:54 PM
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Good point Fordzilla80 about carfax..(notice it isn't free)

http://www.samarins.com/history/

http://www.carfax.com/cfm/general_ch...CMP=KNC-Google

Same as buying a house..you should get it inspected by a qualified person...may cost 250..and if you don't like what they said be ticked that you spent that on a house you didn't buy...WTF...that person saved you thousands.

Unfortunately I've seen on TV that vehicle documentation regarding accident damage can't always be the truth. But hopefully 97% of it is for most vehicles. Still what Carfax charges is reasonable I guess.
" For these reasons, when buying a used car, it is worth to check the used car history as a first step and then have a car inspected by a mechanic of your choice. "
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:06 PM
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carfax is definitely worth it, I imagine. I've never used it. I bought this particular truck from a mechanic who was one of my favorite customers when I was selling car parts. I liked selling to him, and he preferred buying from me (I rarely had the lower price, but he enjoyed doing business with me for five years). So I trust the guy, and from that perspective of trust I understand that the stuff that has gone wrong for me with this truck is all stuff that would be virtually impossible for him to have known about, or are things which he knew I could do myself, which justified the reduced price he gave me.

I have to admit some naοvetι on my part. I knew he was lowering the price for me because I was saving him time and effort in repairing it "fully". So I get what I paid for. My aggravation is probably, then, more to do with life in general, which is far too broad a topic to be discussed herein.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:36 PM
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Well I hope it goes well..from the long-shot picture it looks like it's in decent shape.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:37 PM
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Good point Fordzilla80 about carfax..(notice it isn't free)

Unfortunately I've seen on TV that vehicle documentation regarding accident damage can't always be the truth. But hopefully 97% of it is for most vehicles. Still what Carfax charges is reasonable I guess.
" For these reasons, when buying a used car, it is worth to check the used car history as a first step and then have a car inspected by a mechanic of your choice. "
Agreed 100%. After I wrecked my old Ranger, I sold it with the intention of it being used for parts. It was actually fixed up instead. Since I had sold it for parts, it didn't get reported to anybody but the police. I don't think the police report to Carfax, so the fact that the whole left front side of the truck was virtually torn off will never show up on Carfax should the current owner ever decide to sell the truck.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:29 PM
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I don't feel so bad about what I've had to do with the 05 that I bought this past weekend, from a dealer.
Changed plugs in hopes to get rid of a weird miss off the line. Then found out it was about 1 to 1.5 quarts overfilled on oil, guessing the dealer changed it themselves or took it some where. I changed the oil, and it runs much better now, and changed the fuel filter too. Replaced one burnt out light and tonight I cleaned the IAC and it seems to start and run much better, and changed the belt dressing SOAKED serpintine belt and the squeek is also gone. Now to do a trans fluid and filter change this weekend and I think I'm good!
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