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Old 08-10-2018, 11:32 PM
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Looking to buy ranger

I currently am driving a 2004 F350 6.0 4x4 6 speed. My job changed locations about three months ago and am now having to drive 100 miles a day. Itís time for a commuter. I have been looking at rangers..preferably 4 cylinder models to save even more on gas. I will literally just be commuting to work in it. That is all. Iíve got my eye on a 99 and a 03 ranger. Both 4 cylinders. The 03 is an auto, the 99 is a 5 speed. I know nothing about rangers. Can yíall educate me on any need to knows on buying one? Anything in particular to stay away from? Any input would be appreciated. Oh and they both have around 150k on them. Thanks
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:29 PM
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To each his own,,,,but i hate the auto ( slug-o ) matic trans. Stick shift all the way foe me.On 4 banger do both have 4 or 8 spark plugs ? Got a friend with 98 ranger 4 banger ,,5 speed,,,8 spark plugs,,,very solid running truck,,,great gas mileage,,dependable ,reliable truck
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:21 PM
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I bought my '07 Ranger for the same reasons as the OP.
mine is a 2.3L Auto and get about 25 mpg all day long.
just coming up on 150K and she is running like a top...
while I like a manual transmission sometimes I prefer an auto for this application...
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:06 AM
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03 is a 16 valve 4 plug engine wi th timing chain. This year had an electronic thermostat all one piece assembly and pricey. Also had an intake manifold runner control which can be problematic. Heater hose assembly has plastic connector that is mounted low on driver side that can fail due to engine heat. In rust belt check gas tank straps and rear spring shackle mounts. Have 03 myself and a good truck but there are weak areas i mention due to high mileage units you are checking. Personally would go for newer trucks with lower mileage .
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