I am a machinist and have always done my own work on all my vehicles and all my kids vehicles just because I couldn't have afford it any other way.
I've spent countless hours under the hood, under the car, left much blood, sweat, my cussing at times overheard above the rock and roll I play when I'm working in my shop. I'm almost qualified to do everything with nothing.
I've been driving my Ford Ranger since Dec. of 1991 (2.3L auto) I purchased it with 5k miles on it and it now has 399,500 miles. I've been a bit laxed on my maintenance lately but my truck has been having some issues that I have been unable to solve. (engine roughness and loss of power, steering loosness even though I've changed every part) both of these issues are stories in themselves.
Recently I've taken possession of my son's 2000 Ranger 3.0L. We replaced the heads a little over a year ago and one mechanic says we have low compression on 3 cylinders (valve related). He has 280K miles on this truck.
I am a ranger kind of guy but I didn't like the suspension changes and much prefer the ride of my 1991. I bought my daughter a used Ranger in 1999 because I got tired of working on her Plymouth Laser. I was right to buy the Ranger, I never had to work on that baby at all. It was heaven.
Well, that's the long and short of it. I hope you guys can help me and I hope to be able to help you as well.