'95 2.3l bad noises and a question.
ok so my 1995 ranger with its 2.3l has 232k(ish) miles is gonna die sooner or later. i have a coolant leak of unknown origins. i keep forgetting to top up the coolant and keep running low on water, luckily never truly overheating the engine, but i have a noise that i can only describe as a rod knock, its faint and somewhat intermittent but its there.
question is, do i start pricing replacement engines or replacement trucks?
this thing had a looooooong list of things i need to replace. things like all the suspension bushings, door locks/latches, all the interior is rattling, the fuel filler neck even. its an XLT so it has all the neat bits, but those neat bits are wearing out, like the lumbar support airbag is blown.
i like the truck, have had it about 7 years and it has never left me stranded, though it tried once with a dying fuel pump. it looks like hell except for the 16" wheels it got last year to replace the 14"s.
if i decide to get a used/rebuilt, who is a reputable seller?
thanks for any input.