Hello, new user here to Ranger Forums.
Have a 2002 (made in 2001) XL Ranger 3.0 V6, automatic, 140,000 miles. It's bone stock save for the replacement K&H Air Filter that I swapped out when I was doing detailing work and hauling around a tank of water (and I already know I overspent for something I really didn't need).
It's been regularly maintained and cleaned throughout it's life and has never sputtered out or stalled on me ever. Had the transmission fluid changed out over a year and a half ago and was given a very clean bill of health overall. Have only had minor problems such as inconvenient bulb burnouts (which I have yet to replace behind the dash) and squeaks here and there.
Anyways, I certainly can't say that it hasn't been a reliable vehicle so far but when things start falling apart, they seem to all happen at one time. The biggest issue that I have (and the one that I can afford to deal with on a $2500 vehicle) is the rough idling/operation and low power. It also boggs down on the and shutters violently on the highway when over 3000rpms and at around 85mph on the gauge. That may just be the governor kicking in but it no doubt has lower top speed than it did a few years ago. I've been reading up on it and have my suspicions over bad ignition coils, crummy/clogged throttle body, bad spark plugs - all things that I will not be able to know for sure unless I physically investigate further.
I have only done minor things to my truck such as replace the oil, change out fuses, bulbs, install a third middle light for use on a topper and install my stereo system and speakers. I would like to able to attempt to work on whatever may be troubling the car itself at the moment, but have not attempted previously - at least not on my own.
I may have a friend or two that can help me but it would take weeks of planning to set that in order.
So my biggest question is this - Is this something that I would be able to attempt on my own/with help of a friend? Or is this better left to the (overpriced) experts?
Can take pics if it helps out.