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Old 02-22-2012, 02:46 PM
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So I probably want a V6 unless it has an unusually low amount of miles or I know that they drove it easy and that I will too?

I'm kind of leaning towards the 2WD. It doesn't snow enough for me to need 4WD or anything, so I would only be getting it so I could screw around off roads and stuff a little more probably.

Ooh, I looked at that link and it said something about learning how an engine works. I just read it's guide on how 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines work. Very interesting, I'll have to look around there more about how different car parts work. I'll be sure to get into the Limited Slip Diff soon.

So since I don't know how to drive a manual yet, I'll have to be sure to take someone with me that does when I go looking at trucks that have manuals so they can get a feel for it then.



Awesome, that's all I really need to fit in the bed anyways and the main reason I'm getting a truck. That and I just want one.



What are pre-Tacoma Toyota pickups? I'm not very familiar with the different truck models.

I'm pretty heavily leaning towards a manual transmission, I'll try to push for that when I finally pick one.

I'll look at all of that stuff when I get to looking at specific Rangers then.



The 4cyl vs V6 seems to me like I'd get more power from a V6, but I'd lose some gas on it. If a little bit of gas mileage is my only drawback from getting a V6 which has potential to last longer and has more power, I'll probably get a V6.



Thanks for all the advice again everyone. If anyone has anything new to add, or just wants to reinforce a point someone has already made, feel free.

Really? I hit the link and it brought me to the differential stuff, try it again if it doesnt work then just google, 'how stuff works, differentials"
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:53 PM
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the pre-tacoma toyota pickups might be in your price range. but out in southern california, the mexicans scoop them up and pay rediculous prices for them.



you could look into the 3.0 as well. they're not the fastest, but are very reliable. decent gas mileage as well. just in case you ever need to haul a heavier load or something.



i vote 2x4, but around here we have no need for a 4wd except to waste money



do it. manual trans are now becoming theft deterrents because no one knows how to drive them.




the extra room is always nicer




i have 100k on my 2005, and other members on here have over 200k. don't be afraid of a high mile motor as long as its been maintained regularly.




i'm partial to the look of the 2001+ trucks, but that's just me.




no major rust on the leaf spring hangers or shackles connecting it to the frame. make sure the e-brake engages and disengages, and it can shift through all the gears and reverse. take it up to freeway speeds for any signs of a speed wobble. look over the engine for any signs of a leak, check the dipstick for discoloration, coolant for signs of rust, and other fluid levels.
he pretty much summed it.

I'd recommend a 2001 1/2 to current ranger with the 2.3L and a manual. try to get it with least frills as possible to keep costs and maintainence cost downs. something Like:

ranger XL (base)
2.3L DOHC
Manual
All came with 2wd
AC
and Manual windows and locks

You could find a fleet truck that has these options, that was well maintained and some dont even have that many miles. You'll love the Vinyl flooring (i do in mine), youll love the fuel economy with the 2.3L and the manual. They made 4.10 for these trucks so the get up and go with a small mower will be good, but dont expect to hit 120 MPH . the 2.3L in question has a good reliability rep and its been in service for over 10 years so replacement parts are easy to come buy .

Something like this (i know the price is a little steep but it has about 40K miles on it) and its a little newer )

http://autocatch.com/used-cars/2007~...ger~826624.htm
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:25 PM
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So as of now...

Most likely getting a Ranger, 1k-6k, 1992-2004, Extended cab, 4cyl or V6 depending on miles, hopefully manual transmission but maybe automatic, 2WD, less than 150k miles unless it was taken care of properly.

I think that's where I stand so far. I'd kind of like a V6 just for the more power behind it, but that kind of depends on the difference it would get in mpg. If it's significant, I'll lean towards 4cyl but if not I'll keep leaning towards a V6.

I want a manual, but I've heard some people that are skeptical of the clutch being bad or something like that. I guess that'll have to be more of a case-by-case thing.

For the year, I don't think anyone here has said anything too terrible about any of the years so unless there's a site I can look at that will tell me common problems over the years or something, I'll lean towards the more recent years because there would be more horsepower. From what I've read, over the years Rangers have gradually gotten more and more horsepower standard on the engines every few years. Is there a site or something I can look at that would help me figure out and "bad" years, if they exist?

I think that's about it as of now. I'll just have to look around in the Louisville area on craigslist and see what I find. Any other places I should look that would be useful?
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:47 PM
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Tacomas arent bad trucks but I love my ranger and it has nearly 185,000 on it and running just fine. I got mine off craigslist and the previous owner had taken good care of it but that tells you about reliability and maitenece goes a long ways.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:31 PM
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So as of now...

Most likely getting a Ranger, 1k-6k, 1992-2004, Extended cab, 4cyl or V6 depending on miles, hopefully manual transmission but maybe automatic, 2WD, less than 150k miles unless it was taken care of properly.

I think that's where I stand so far. I'd kind of like a V6 just for the more power behind it, but that kind of depends on the difference it would get in mpg. If it's significant, I'll lean towards 4cyl but if not I'll keep leaning towards a V6.

I want a manual, but I've heard some people that are skeptical of the clutch being bad or something like that. I guess that'll have to be more of a case-by-case thing.

For the year, I don't think anyone here has said anything too terrible about any of the years so unless there's a site I can look at that will tell me common problems over the years or something, I'll lean towards the more recent years because there would be more horsepower. From what I've read, over the years Rangers have gradually gotten more and more horsepower standard on the engines every few years. Is there a site or something I can look at that would help me figure out and "bad" years, if they exist?

I think that's about it as of now. I'll just have to look around in the Louisville area on craigslist and see what I find. Any other places I should look that would be useful?
Check out a book called Lemon-Aid you can usually pick up the older ones from the library, they tell you about every years problems, hidden warranties and recalls, also they give you a price breakdown for the average price of used ones. Let the guys on here know when you find one and post the link, you'll get opinions on if they think it's a fair deal.
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