so the thing about rangers, the newer, the more that ford added to them. old ones had manual transfer cases, and manual hubs. around 96 they swapped to vac hubs. they fail often but have improved in 02 and up by doing a live front end, so that squashes that rumor. the 4.0 is the way to go. the gas mileage lacks a tad but they are good motors. very dependable. and the engineering is good too. strong and sturdy. the 4x4 system like i said is improved from 02 up with a live front end. so no hubs. mostly all newer rangers around 07 are kinda the same. expect 200-250k miles on your truck. if you average maintain it. 300-400 if you baby and go the extra mile all the time. and it depends on how it was taken care of by the previous owner. any more questions just ask\
99 Ford Ranger 5-Speed manual 3.0 Flex Fuel "work rig"
07 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7 Hemi Limited "wife's car"