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Old 08-28-2010, 10:33 PM
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Default Hey, looking at a 2003 XLT!

I'm not a ranger owner yet, but I'm looking at an automatic 2003 Super Cab XLT for my fiance. I've taken it for a test drive and I was very satisfied. I was hoping people could let me know what to look out for. Everything seemed fine but my friend recently purchased a different lemon so I am a little iffy. The price is right and the mileage is nice (80k) but if these things are prone to blown head gaskets or anything else, I'd like advice on how to figure out it out before I buy.

I did have a couple other questions but I figured them out. They were... "Are revs limited to 3000 RPM in neutral and park?" (yes), and "Is it true that the door ajar frequently goes on because of door latches?" (yes).


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Old 08-28-2010, 10:37 PM
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ok first what engine is it? and what rear end?
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: Hey, looking at a 2003 XLT!

Ah yes it's a V6 4.0L with a 6 ft bed.

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Er and yes I did notice the recall about the acceleration control and the spontaneous combustion. It looks like it hasn't been serviced for that yet.

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Oh I don't know if XLT comes any other way but it is a 4x4

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Old 08-28-2010, 11:09 PM
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ok i have a 03 XLT FX4 LEVEL II i bought mine when it had 32,000 miles on it and i can personaly say and show pics and vids of me ripping the hell out of it and making it home. i have done minimum mods and i do rock crawling, mud bog, drag race abit, and drive across the state of michigan every week. this is my daily driver truck. only prob i have had was ball joints which from my off-roading wore them out these are great engines and trucks
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:04 AM
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welcome to FRF, Brian!
as for what rear end does it have, he meant is it a 3.73 or a 4.10 with an open or Limited slip differential? also, is it a 2wd or 4x4?
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:34 AM
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Welcome! The door ajar light came on for me too, nuke it with lithium grease or wd40 and problem solved!
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:25 AM
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:49 AM
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:49 AM
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welcome to FRF, Brian!
as for what rear end does it have, he meant is it a 3.73 or a 4.10 with an open or Limited slip differential? also, is it a 2wd or 4x4?
Ah thanks. From decodethis.com and seeing the list of installed options the ranger has, I believe it is 4.10 with an open differential. Really the 4x4 use will almost entirely for winter driving, unless my fiance suddenly gets very confident behind the wheel

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Old 08-29-2010, 08:48 AM
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:14 PM
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Welcome! The door ajar light came on for me too, nuke it with lithium grease or wd40 and problem solved!
x2 lol had to do this
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:25 AM
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: Hey, looking at a 2003 XLT!

i have an 03 xlt 4x4 with the 4.0 and the automatic tranny great truck i plow snow with it . bought the truck with 14,000 miles it now has 77,000 miles its had brakes 1 front wheel bearing and the common airbag light from a bulb burned out .but other than that i'd drive it any wheres.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:03 PM
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Welcome! I say get it and join the club officially! Sounds like a pretty good truck with a nice setup.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:51 PM
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Default Re: Hey, looking at a 2003 XLT!

hey i'll sell you my 03 ranger 4.0 auto 4 door i want a new one it has 77,000 miles and they dont give crap for a trade in anything over 7,000 and its yours i can send picture if interested. email me at pintopaul@verizon.net
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