Well guys its a sad day for the ranger family, we lost another one. Last Friday my 3.0L siezed up and offically died. Needless to say I am sad to see it go and now I'm not sure what I should do. My tranny was slipping in second gear and currently the A/C doesn't work. What do my fellow Ranger brothers think I should in this situtation? Should I keep my spirits up and buy a new/rebuilt engine and pray the tranny doesnt go too, or should I call it a good life and send it to the big parking lot in the sky? By the way it was only a 1998 4x4 3.0L with 84,000 miles.
Get a new engine and tranny. Give that truck its life back. Even if you end up spending 4-5000 for the engine and tranny, you are still better off than forking out car payments over the long run.
Even when you consider repairs it never pays to buy new. Although your engine went bad early (for some unknown reason) you surely wouldnt be putting that much $ into your trucks repair EVERY year for 5 years. There are some years where you might put a bunch of money into a vehicle, but there are many years where (other than maintenance) you dont have any problems. If you take out a loan you constantly have that payment each month, plus as the vehicle gets older, those repairs start popping up again, plus you are still making that payment.
96 STX 4x4 Extra Cab
4.whoa 5-speed (rebuilt unit by Kormex Transmission - EBay seller A+ from me)
Rancho RS5000 Shocks
Bridgestone Dueler 31 x 10.5
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id just cahnge the motor... how do you like southern? i need to change schools.. im at ksu right now and i want out! i was in statesboro at the beginning of football season to see some friends but i havent been back down there since. lets just say it was fun
Well I've ordered and newly rebuilt jasper 3.0L engine and gonna bring the ranger back to life, I thought about going bigger but too little time and money to switch out non-matching components. And with that new engine hopefully wont put too much strain on the tranny before i graduate in the fall. After that I can put a new one in plus some A/C and the truck will be pretty much brand new with a warrenty of all the major parts, so it will be like driving a new truck. As far as Statesboro goes, i dont want to move away and i like ga southern, its been good to me so far and hate to leave in the fall. And its definitely a good place to be and have a good time on the weekends.
Once you get it rolling you should look in the hanes manual and do all the tune up stuff you can do with your money and skill level.
I think it is cheaper to keep cars with more miles but their reliability is compromised. in the long run it will be more cost effective to spend the money on new parts now and install yourself at home. If you have to pay for towing ontop of parts and possibly the labor it could be a financial disaster.with all the money you save you can spend it on building it stronger instead of paying the tow truck driver .
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