Hey all...I'm the tard asking what ranger to get!
I just picked up a 2005 2.3l Ranger XL, with a 5 speed manual. Short cab, short bed. Its white! I'll post up some pics tomorrow.
It was only 4k (my budget), and so came with some problems that will need to be addressed soon.
1. new tires! front 2 are close to bald and are different rims than the back tires, which are almost bald and are bigger than stock. I'm planning on getting either 4 new rims (alloy) or 2 matching rims for the front.
2. New rotors/brake pads. There is a slight shake when braking at high speeds (like slowing down off the freeway)
3. Probably a transmission rebuild in the future...it has a new clutch, but the tard who drove it before me must have done some damage to first or second gear cause its hard to shift into first, and second will grind unless you take it really slow. I can't downshift into second without it grinding.
There will be lots more mods, but those are prolly the most important. I drove it 90 miles home, and I like it so far!