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Old 02-04-2011, 04:52 PM
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:24 PM
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when u learn then come back and teach me! haha
hell dude i`ll show you
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:39 PM
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alll the wayy out in canada? haha
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:47 PM
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I could make the trip the next time the Penguins face the shark or the kings lol or to just get away from the weather lol.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:04 PM
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Sounds like you know how but don't have much practice? If that's the case every manual I've driven drives a little differently so if you take it easy they may think and slip ups are just 'cause you're getting used to that vehicle. If you've successfully driven a manual more than twice then I wouldn't worry about it... it's more about getting to know that vehicle than it really is about the technique.

It should be easy to find one under 3K, but you might want to make a list of what you do (or don't) want and see if you have any preferred body styles. Once you get a few more details squared away we will probably be more helpful in telling you what to look for and what to watch out for.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:30 PM
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i wish i had made a list when i bought the truck...i love my truck to death and very happy with it...i didnt know much about the truck til afterwards...I GOT LUCKY because i love it!
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:02 AM
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I think manuals get more power and better gas mileage out of a 4 cylinder engine. So go for it.......

the way I taught my teenager to drive a stick.......parked at the bottom of a hill and tried to make her figure it out, with coaching from me.

what happened.....after about 12 tries (killing the engine each time), my youngest started yelling at me (she couldnt figure it out) :-0 So...I took over. then she observd that I was releasing the clutch much slower than she was when I started driving up the hill.

after that, huge leaps in her ability......in other words, SHE FIGURED IT OUT!! She just needed one more time to observe.

now, all is well and she has been driving her own car (with a stick) for about 8 months with no problems :-)

my wisdom (after teaching 3 girls to drive a manual transmission).......it takes about 3 days to learn how to drive a stick. after that, youve got it.......forever. its a life skill that is worth it!!!

have fun :-)
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:36 AM
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I think manuals get more power and better gas mileage out of a 4 cylinder engine. So go for it.......

the way I taught my teenager to drive a stick.......parked at the bottom of a hill and tried to make her figure it out, with coaching from me.

what happened.....after about 12 tries (killing the engine each time), my youngest started yelling at me (she couldnt figure it out) :-0 So...I took over. then she observd that I was releasing the clutch much slower than she was when I started driving up the hill.

after that, huge leaps in her ability......in other words, SHE FIGURED IT OUT!! She just needed one more time to observe.

now, all is well and she has been driving her own car (with a stick) for about 8 months with no problems :-)

my wisdom (after teaching 3 girls to drive a manual transmission).......it takes about 3 days to learn how to drive a stick. after that, youve got it.......forever. its a life skill that is worth it!!!

have fun :-)
Lol, I learned manual with my godfather, he basically gave me the keys to his old Swift with 1L 3 cyl engine and told me to drive him from Timmins to Smooth rock falls and back. It went decenty well but not the best way to learn overall clutch feel since its not a lot of stop and go so my dad basically took our 1995 Pathfinder 3L put a 4x4 block of wood at the rear wheels and told to roll over it by not reving the truck higher then 1000 RPM, now that teach you clutch feel
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:12 AM
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Here is a prime exemple might give you an idea of what you can have for approx $3000
http://autocatch.com/used-cars/2001~...ger~500407.htm
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:18 PM
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I learned how to drive a manual by stealing one.... when I got my license my parents bought me a manual but I'd never been in one before. Dad took me out for one lesson and until I had more practice I was supposed to trade my mom for her car if I had somewhere to go. Well I was pissed off and wanted to leave the house but no one was home and the only car there was mine so I took it. I got in a lot of trouble that day but I only killed it like twice right off the bat and have never had an automatic since.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:00 PM
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It should be easy to find one under 3K, but you might want to make a list of what you do (or don't) want and see if you have any preferred body styles. Once you get a few more details squared away we will probably be more helpful in telling you what to look for and what to watch out for.
I don't really know what I want any more. Though, one thing's for sure, I really want a Ranger. Today, I went down to a local tow yard that had a Ranger posted on craigslist just to take a close look at one. It was the opposite of what I was looking for. It had a 4.0, an extended cab and an automatic transmission. Got inside and absolutely fell in love with it. I would have bought it on the spot, but I don't have all my money in order just yet.

Unfortunately, afterwards I went to a friend's house, was sitting out side and saw a similar white Ranger roll down the street. When I left my buddy's house I went down the same street and saw some guy changing oil on a white Ranger. Took a good look at it and it had the exact same little crack on the windshield as the one at the tow yard. Damn, I was hoping it would sit in the tow yard for another couple of days.

Both my family and my friends have suggested I get one with a V6, so I think that's pretty much set in stone, plus the V6's are right in my price range and the truck would probably be used to haul around stuff like engines and transmissions. Did I mention I loved the feel of that V6 in the one at the tow yard?

I did prefer the standard cab to the extended, but after sitting in an extended cab, I have to say I really like it. There room enough for an amplifier and subwoofer in the back, and I like the little pullover cover to hide things behind the front seats.

As for the transmission, I'm still on the fence. Since this isn't going to be a sports car, I don't absolutely have to have a standard. But I don't know how well built these automatic transmissions are. I'm of sub-par mechanical ability (I can change oil!!! ) and auto trannys are a mystery to me. The Saturn I owned had a transmission that was notorious for breaking (blockages in the valvebody, input shaft nut coming loose, and solinoid failures), even with light use and regular maintenance. I don't want to deal with that again. But if the auto trannys in Rangers are reliable and have a good life span, I'd prefer an auto.

Lastly, 4x4 is completely out of the question. In the area I live, having a 4x4 vechicle actually jacks up the price of insurance (wish I still lived in Colorado), and being a 20 year old male, my insurance is high enough. There aren't many places around here where I'd actually be able to use it anyway. Plus, I'm not really the off-roading type.

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Sounds like you know how but don't have much practice? If that's the case every manual I've driven drives a little differently so if you take it easy they may think and slip ups are just 'cause you're getting used to that vehicle. If you've successfully driven a manual more than twice then I wouldn't worry about it... it's more about getting to know that vehicle than it really is about the technique.
That's exactly right. I know what's going on down there and how it should be done, I just haven't fine tuned my muscle memory to do it. I know for a fact that if I owned a standard car I'd know how to drive it (I love driving by the way). I've drivien standards on only a few occasions. My trouble is getting started from a stop, once the car is moving it's simple (and rather fun, rowing through gears).

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Old 02-05-2011, 07:29 PM
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If you're hauling heavy stuff I'd go with the V6... you're going to sacrifice a little gas mileage but IMO I love my 4.0 more than my 3.0. That cover in the extended cab is only an option in the 2 door versions (just FYI) and I really think the extra room comes in handy. If you're not going to use the space regularly then there isn't much reason to get 4 doors. Also keep in mind power options. Most Rangers don't have them so if they are important to you either look for one with them or get ready for a swap. Luckily Rangers are everywhere so keep being patient (I don't recommend buying ANYTHING on the spot) and always keep in mind what you're using it for and what you want in it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:44 PM
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By power options, do you mean power steering, and brakes? Or power windows, locks and mirrors? I can do without power windows, ect. but I would at least like power steering.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:53 PM
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do non power steering vehicles still exist?? on post 80s vehicles??? lol i say get a v6 for the power, a supercab because you JUST NEVER KNOW!!! plus ncie place to keep ur truck stuff like straps and shit, automatic because the towing power and torque i believe (PLEASE correct this if i am wrong), plus if you are mechanically inclined (also can use frf like ive done) you can buy a great looking exterior truck with nothing that works and fix it up for less than what you would pay a dealer! and as i found out today, some fixes are really easy!!! for a year n a half now my 12 volt power jack thingy/cigarette lighter thingy has never worked and ive had to resort to using the one closer to me and upon switching out stereos, i found out it was simply..unplugged...GO FIGURE!!! haha


also i recommend the edge... but thats just me!
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:44 AM
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By power options, do you mean power steering, and brakes? Or power windows, locks and mirrors? I can do without power windows, ect. but I would at least like power steering.
lol all the rangers after 1993 I saw had power steering and brakes, but Power Windows, Mirrors, locks and keyless entry are abit of rare oddity in some regions (take ottawa for example) there are barely any sport Manuals with power windows and mirrors and locks, but automatics seems to have more of a chance to have power group.
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