... or so it's looking like, anyway. I'm helping my friend with a small farm buy his first truck, and various Rangers are popping up. I was hoping some of the folks here could offer some buying advice on two that we're checking out soon:
1. 1995 Mazda B2300, 4x4, regular cab, manual hubs, otherwise stock, broken t-case selector motor, 123k miles and hasn't had a timing belt done yet.
2. 1988 Ranger, 4x4, supercab, not sure what engine (were all 4x4 supercabs the Cologne V6?), 131k.
What are some things to watch out for? Is the timing belt issue a serious one (seems like on some cars it is, some it isn't; I work on BMWs that have chains so I have no idea)?
How would one of these compare to a 93 Mazda B2600, the last year it was actually a Mazda? All I have on paper is that the 2600's fuel economy's lousy: 18 to 21.
I get that with a 3800#, 300hp V8 station wagon... but my guess is that it'd be a bit more reliable than the Ford? The '95 2300 should be getting at least 27 highway, does that sound right?
I assume few to none came from the factory with an LSD. What kind of money and effort does it take to put one in?