Sorry this is old... but I'm looking for a ~$3000 Ranger. Requirements are 4x4 and 5spd. I don't care if it's a B series or a Ranger. I'm trying to understand the nuances between model years. This will basically be an around the town vehicle but that doesn't mean it should be a POS. I want to keep it in good condition. I've found a few that look ok. Looking at the below vehicles, it's hard for me to figure that a 1996 could be preferable than a 2000 for the same (roughly) price and same miles (last one) although I do like the plastic lined interior ha ha
Does this first one actually have seating in the back, or is it just storage?
$3200- 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 - (Milton) - 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4
- 137k miles
Like the cap on this, but do not like the short cab...
$2500 - 2000 B3000 - 2000 Mazda B3000 SE 4x4
- 2 door - 156k miles
Oldest one with plastic flooring and manual crank windows :)
$2798 - 1996 B3000 !!! 1996 MAZDA B3000!! 4WD!! 5-SPEED
- 132k miles
Any thoughts on any of these? Does the 96 have the PVH? Would the '00s have live axles? What else should I care about in terms of finding a decent cheap and reliable vehicle? Cheapest/easiest to maintain will be the priority here.