eyeballing first Ranger, '02 XLT 5sp 2.3L - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource

2.3L & 2.5L I4 Tech General discussion of 2.3L and 2.5L I4 Ford Ranger engines.

eyeballing first Ranger, '02 XLT 5sp 2.3L

  #1  
Old 12-18-2018
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: fort worth
Posts: 2
eyeballing first Ranger, '02 XLT 5sp 2.3L

hello,

Move this if needed, not sure where to post, here or general.

been searching for a compact truck on the cheap that can haul my miata around and do other stuff that trucks do and miatas don't.

Lo and behold our new Network admin shows up with a ranger and decides after working for a month here that he wants to sell it. I was secretly hoping he would because it seemed like the sweet spot of what i was looking for.

It's a 2002 5sp 2.3L XLT
no body damage
208k miles
-i think thermostat is stuck open because in winter the truck won't get up to temp. He says in summer it will.
-a short grind when shifting to 3rd on occasion, though when revved higher it's occurs less frequently (i drove it for about 10m)
-new plugs wires, AC seals (TX!), need to ask about timing belt (chain?)
-new crap-*** hankook tires that are like driving on giant hockey pucks.
-newish clutch (though i noticed he disengages clutch at stop lights with car in first and waits on the light...even if it's like 5m!)

asking $2500, probably could get it to $2350

I know these are Mazda engines in there and read good things about them. There are no leaks i see underneath but he says recently he has seen some "spotting" of oil in his driveway. I need to inspect it closer. He doesn't want to sell it to me for obvious reasons (co-workers who just met), but i told him i'm game and would be more pissed at him if he sells it under me than i would if i buy and it throws a rod leaving the parking lot (half kidding but i let him know i'm interested). He says it's an old 4 banger with xyz listed above and i should stay away. I say i can fix most things other than trans, electrical and engine issues. Not an expert but putzin around on the miata for the last year and a half of ownership has me up to full half-wit status, from a zero-wit before i bought it.

So...any advice or things i should look at and consider with this truck? We kind of agreed that if i take it to a mechanic and get a full list of issues he would fell better about selling it to me. Fortunately for me, i can park the thing in the driveway and tinker on stuff and get it up to snuff while i keep driving the miata, which is my daily. Only real concern is the transmission synchros possibly going and of course what life expectancy is for that engine. And...no issue hauling around a 2300lb car on a flatbed trailer? I saw it can haul 6,000lb, which i couldn't believe when i read it. No hitch though, just one on the bumper.

thanks!
 

Last edited by gnostic19; 12-18-2018 at 11:15 PM.
  #2  
Old 12-18-2018
2011Supercab's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 212
Originally Posted by gnostic19 View Post
. And...no issue hauling around a 2300lb car on a flatbed trailer? I saw it can haul 6,000lb, which i couldn't believe when i read it. No hitch though, just one on the bumper.

thanks!
You read that part wrong

A 2.3 with manual transmission can pull a maximum trailer load of (trailer and load) of 1660 lbs.
Truck, Trailer and load max's out at 4800 lbs. The truck weighs about 3100 lbs.

And a 1600 lb trailer behind a Ranger will have to have brakes.

So your Miata weighs 700 lbs to much and you don't have a trailer yet.
 
  #3  
Old 12-19-2018
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: fort worth
Posts: 2
Icon8

Originally Posted by 2011Supercab View Post
You read that part wrong

A 2.3 with manual transmission can pull a maximum trailer load of (trailer and load) of 1660 lbs.
Truck, Trailer and load max's out at 4800 lbs. The truck weighs about 3100 lbs.

And a 1600 lb trailer behind a Ranger will have to have brakes.

So your Miata weighs 700 lbs to much and you don't have a trailer yet.
This makes sense, seemed way out of whack. New to trucks and loads. So no on the 2.3L ranger, case closed.
 
  #4  
Old 12-19-2018
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 11,741
2005 Ford towing capacities here: https://www.fleet.ford.ca/resources/...wing_Guide.pdf
Page 18 has Ranger specs
These specs will be the same for all 2001 to 2012 2.3l Rangers

GCWR = gross combined weight rating, this is more related to braking, its the maximum weight of and IN the truck + the total trailer weight
Ranger weighs about 3,000lbs + its load, say driver and cargo is 800lbs, so 3,800lbs
2002 2.3l manual has GCWR of 4,800lbs
So 4,800 - 3,800 = 1,000lbs left over for trailer and its load, not 1,600lbs
1,600lbs capacity would be empty truck with just the driver

Automatics are stronger transmissions than manuals so will always have a higher tow rating, no it has nothing to do with drivers abilities, lol

These are "legal" limits, not what it CAN tow, its what it MAY tow on public roads, people tow over the legal limits all the time, but if there is an accident, not even weight related, your insurance company can walk away, same as they can for drunk driving accident, insurance clause stating you must operate any vehicle in a legal lawful manner

If towing is a deal breaker then pass on this one
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Sierra Invenio
Member Introductions
8
05-12-2015 11:34 AM
cawalther
Ranger Based Vehicles
3
07-24-2012 10:48 AM
Splash
Drivetrain Tech
2
10-02-2011 02:56 PM
uphillbattle
Drivetrain Tech
1
06-12-2010 05:26 PM
mr_malina
Drivetrain Tech
11
11-12-2006 02:45 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: eyeballing first Ranger, '02 XLT 5sp 2.3L


Contact Us Sitemap Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.