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Old 10-26-2009
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i have 272k miles on my stock ohv and the only things that have been replaced are the gaskets
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Old 10-26-2009
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Ive had two 04 rangers so im going to go with that one Must say the 4.0 was much more fun to drive than the 3.0 i have now. Ford hit it on the head when they introduced the edge back in 01. guess thats why you see more of those than any other ranger out there.
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Old 10-26-2009
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Gotta go with the 03 also....hands down.
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Old 10-26-2009
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having had 4 different rangers, two of them having the OHV 4.0, one with the 2.9 V6 and my 01 with the SOHC 4.0, id have to say the best year out of the ones ive owned is the 01. the SOHC is a much smoother, more powerfull engine id take it over the OHV any day. also the 5 speed auto is a nice combo with the SOHC 4.0. I know some will say the SOHC is crap, but i strongly disagree. ive had not one issue with my 4.0 in the almost 90,000 miles of very hard driving. im impressed with how well the motor and trans have held up to the abuse i hand it daily. the only thing i like better about the 97 and older models whas the TTB suspension, much better offroad IMO.

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Old 10-26-2009
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93-97. I had 200K mi on my 4.0 OHV before the truck totalled. The 98-00 are nice too, and the back extended cab doors are so convenient! I drove the IFS rangers for work, and they have better road manners streetwise. Get a 98-03 body on a pre-'98 frame and you'd be set.

Have no experience with the newer SOHC problems. They're decent street driving though, minus the 15 mpg though.
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Old 10-27-2009
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01-03 most def!!!
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Old 10-27-2009
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I like my 05, it just needs some TLC, and some new emblems :)

I like the way they sit compared to the 06-08 rangers.
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Old 10-27-2009
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by far 1993 splash 4.0L manual 2wd reg cab flare side buckets and console with fog lights
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Old 10-28-2009
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for me anything from a 93-03.. i like the new ones (03-10) too but if i was gonna spend that much money on a truck i'd get a fullsize.

i like my 93' but it definitely needs some TLC, its got 264,000 kms on her now so its old and tired.. just tired of driving an old truck. if i was gonna get another ranger it would be 01-03. something with 4 doors.. my 93' has plenty of passenger room, hell i've had 5 passengers plus me in my ext'd cab ranger.
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Old 10-28-2009
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I would want an 95-97 with the ttb, but with the 01-03 front clip and a 4-door cab.
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What is PATS?
passive anti theft system
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Old 12-16-2013
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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.

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