Couple of issues
I just bought a 2000 Ranger 2WD, 3.0L 5-spd with 104K on it. Don't have a terrible amount in it but it does a few things that I've noticed:
1- The old high RPM during shifting. I've read dozens and dozens of posts and articles on this issue with some good thoughts, but no clear fix. I will be a concise as I can be on this. It does NOT do it when it's cold. After it has run and is at normal operating temp, it will exhibit this behavior. If I come off of the throttle to clutch for up or down shifting and hold the clutch, it will spin up...WAY up. I don't have a tach on this one (which, to this day, I find stupid. All vehicles that have a manual tranny should have tach), but it's really up there. The day I bought it, it did it and scared the crap outta me. I shut it down and pulled over. Started it..normal idle. And it will stay way up in the RPMs for 10-15 seconds before coming down, reluctantly. I'm pointing to TPS, but I have no codes thrown.
2- As I said, it's a 5-speed. Under load (meaning I have the throttle halfway or more to the floor on a hill), I get a rattling noise from the tranny. I've heard other vehicles do this and never seem to be a problem. Any ideas?
I'm always a bit nervous when I buy a used vehicle, especially with a decent amount of miles, although I've been very lucky with most of them lately.
I appreciate all of the help and look forward to learning much here.