Gonna buy a ranger, need guidance
I'll start by saying whats up, as this is my first post! I look forward to learning tons from you guys and gals. Well I've decided to sell my current truck (Trailblazer), since I don't need it for family room anymore. My wife has a large sedan now, so I have my heart set on another traditional truck like I always had before the Trailblazer. I've owned Toyotas and a Chevy thrown in there here and there, now I really have my heart set on a Ranger!
I have someone coming this weekend to possibly buy my TB, so the search for the ranger will begin soon. I would just really like to know what areas to pay close attention to when test driving certain years of rangers. I have been looking for '02-'06's with the 4.0 SOHC, 4x4, and 4.10 axle. I have also considered some nice, lower mileage '97-'00's with the 4.0 OHV, 4x4. At first I didn't know on whether the manual or auto would be best, as the only towing I will be doing is a 16' aluminum fishing boat, or trailer with a ATV or motorcycle. But then I thought that launching a boat on a steep grade would be best suited to the auto, and I drive trucks at work all week that are sticks, an auto would be nice. So any feedback would be great! Any issues that I might notice? Just want to get a good, reliable truck.