if i could make one suggestion, get a standard, and 4wd. cant go wrong there. if you know how to drive a standard, good. if not then their really not too hard to learn. the 3.0 is a BULLETPROOF v6, but the 4.0 isn't too bad either, more power. the auto tranny has some minor issues, a standard is more maintence friendly, but overall, amazing trucks. i got a 99 supercab, with a 3.0 v6 and the t5 standard. i absolutly love that truck. but good luck to you, really cant go wrong with a ranger, very reliable trucks. and welcome to the forum
99 Ford Ranger 5-Speed manual 3.0 Flex Fuel "work rig"
07 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7 Hemi Limited "wife's car"