Hey all, just moved to Bragg and am looking at Rangers to get a small, capable truck to explore the backroads and launch my kayak/haul my wife's craigslist finds...
When I'm not in uniform I wield a camera much of the time - Alex Jansen Photography
It's in serious need of an update, but that should give you an idea of who I am through my lens.
Also, the reason behind the registration is I need your sage wisdom. I took a look at this vehicle yesterday ( for ranger 2006
) and I brought a mechanic/truck guru friend with me because, frankly, I'm not an expert in this subject matter.
It has 220k miles on it, original motor (V6), standard white Ranger (2006) with no extra anything (it's auto and 2WD) and the owner admits to doing a lot of work on it (replacing timing belt, pulling the engine, replacing fuel filter, pump, etc., and cleaning it, etc.). Took a look under the hood and under the chasis, and frankly, I was shocked to see what might have been a truck that could have just rolled off the dealer showroom - both under the hood and under the vic was damn near immaculate with zero rust/dirt/grease anywhere. Even my friend said he's never seen a vehicle that clean at that mileage.
The owner says it is so high in mileage because it was a landscape manager's vic that he used to drive around and supervise his minions.
Took it for a drive and it had plenty of power, good feeling behind the wheel. you can't really see it but there's pretty big cracks in the windshield, so I know that will have to be replaced ($200?), and I couldn't get him to do it before the purchase. The other main issue was a busted CV boot, and I talked him down to $3,700 with both boots replaced.
I have a few days to get over there and inspect it again, but knowing what I know, what are your thoughts? I've never purchased such a high mileage vic before and I'm reluctant. Am I being realistic in expecting another 100k out of it if I take care of it, or am I getting ripped off?
Sorry for the long intro and diving right in like that, but I really don't have experience in this matter and my buddy admits not knowing much about Rangers.
Thanks, and appreciate being here - much to learn :)