i should probably have used better grammar there, the clutch wont engage until about 60 percent of the way out. it didnt do this before i replaced the clutch, it would engage earlier at a about half way out. its definatly different then before becuase i was shifting poorly on my way home because i was not used to the the clutches friction point.
I have my mechanics bill in front of me, the cost for the slave cylinder was 119 dollars, and the clutch assembly was 299. so that was parts alone. labor was 398.
If I do this clutch job then I should be good for a long time as far as expensive maintanence goes right? Or is there anything else I will have to worry about replacing in the near future? My toyota and both celicas never had any mechanical problems, my jeep did because I beat the **** out of it. Im just trying to figure out if buying a ford is worth the money, Im not putting down ford just I have always been told dont buy ford, chevy, gmc, or dodge.
People who say dont buy from detroit arent speaking about the trucks or they are just domestic haters.
All three of the engines in the ranger are pretty bullet proof, especially the 3.0.
Ball joints and clutch slave cylinders seem to be the biggest problem with rangers. Beyond that, just make sure to do regular maintenance.
Ok so I brought my celica to a shop today to get the oil changed and emissions inspected before I sell it. I told the mechanic I was selling it for a ford ranger and he told me its a big mistake. He said he has been a mechanic for 40 years and says that the toyota will rarely see a mechanic where as fords are in there on a day to day basis for all sorts of different problems. He said never choose a ford over a toyota, and that I will be seeing him alot more if I get the ranger. What do you all think? Now I am having second thoughts about it, what could be so bad about them that is always breaking? SHould I still get it? It does have 118,000 on it and I am selling my celica for 6k, paying off the 2700 I owe and taking out a loan of 2600 to buy the ranger. Now I am having second thoughts I wont have money to be dumping into repairs I am a fulltime college student and make about 80$ a week. What do you all think? Still go for it?
Bro..mine has over 250 000 miles and its 7 years old. Only replaced parts have been tires,brakes,shocks,clutch/slave and u-joints.
Tell me that's not reliable. I had a 1987 Toyota that sent a rod through the oil pan at 165k miles.
Find a new mechanic.
I cannot vouch for imports being more reliable than domestics because it simply is not true. You cannot kill GM 3.1 (wait,no...I killed one in an Isuzu Rodeo...spun crank bearing at 273k km) and 3.8 motors, any big 3 V8's from years ago up to today are bulletproof and all are PROVEN designs and technology.
Reliability is all in how you drive and maintain the vehicle.
Last edited by crazymikey; 01-05-2009 at 08:45 PM.
See,this is why we have forums like this. Learning and sharing.
Toyota ALWAYS has made quality products and I would buy a Toyota any day. However, ALL brand new cars, even Kias and Hyundais, are so well built today compared to even 5-10 years ago that you really are getting a well built and quality product.
My mom has a 2001 Kia Sportage which is a complete piece of crap. It's rusted out, electrical problems, tons of mechanical problems, cheaply built...and our next door neighbours have a 2006 Kia Sportage. It's like comparing apples to oranges. The new Kiais VERY well built and they already have over 100k miles on it and haven't had any problems yet. They also have a 2005 Grand Caravan that always has something wrong with it.
In my truck I don't have to push the clutch in very much before I can shift. Maybe push it 3 inches? Although If I wanted to I could push it in the whole foot or so. So it might just be that you are used to pushing the clutch all the way in and then it engaging half way or so.
I think he should let somebody else drive the truck,such as a mechanic, and give their opinion on how it feels.
I am quite confident that there is nothing wrong with the clutch, especially at 118k. It should have lots of life left.
My clutch completely wore out on me. It was easier to change gears by rev matching and not using the clutch. It was so worn out,I could barely get it into 1st or reverse from neutral. It would slip when changing gears. Now that it is replaced,it feels the same as my dad's '08.
always take a used car to a mechanic before buying it. idk if you you did this or not, but why not go to a ford dealer, straight drive a brand new ranger, and compare it to the other clutch. the brand new ranger isnt gonna have anything wrong with it so if the 2003 is the same then its probably fine. also, a friend of my dads told me that foreign made clutches have a very different feel then american made clutches, so if your only used to driving on the celica your not going to be used to it. i test drove a scion tc, clutch was completely different.
a friend of my dads told me that foreign made clutches have a very different feel then american made clutches, so if your only used to driving on the celica your not going to be used to it. i test drove a scion tc, clutch was completely different.
A clutch is a clutch they all work the same. Only difference in the feel will be whether it is hydraulic or mechanical. A hydraulic one it not adjustable whereas a mechanical one is.
You win extra points for telling him to go drive a new Ranger. Good idea.
remember when you first learned stick shift, and the first time you pressed down on the clutch and it felt like it went down further then you thought it was, well when i test drove the tc, it felt like the the clutch didnt go down as far as my ford as far as i remember. i dont understand, what do you mean adjustable?
that is nice and If I found a good deal a good distance away I would do it if it was worth it, but I dont like the flareside (bed is too small) and I have been told to stay away from ford auto trannys.