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Old 03-03-2007
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Might be buying a new Ranger. Need some help

I found a black 99 Ranger for sale. It's a 4.0L, 4x4 supercab with the stepside/splash bed. I can get it for $4K, maybe $3,500 or even cheaper. But here's the kicker. It has 150K on it. Is this a good deal? How many more miles can I expect to get out of this thing? I'm going by later this morning to possibly buy it so I need some advice quick if anyone can help me out.
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I'm not familar with 99 rangers specifically.

But I'd look for:

Excessive clunking when at idle and put into drive & reverse.

Smell the oil and look at it. Should smell like oil only (not excessive gas) and it ought to be brown or black. No grey.

Look at the under side of the oil fill cap for grey. (should'nt see any)

Check the coolant for any signs of grey. (should'nt see any)

On the drive check to see that the tranny shifts properly. Not too firm or too soft.

Otherwise.. just use your judgement on tires, paint, interior, ect..

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^^^^ Agreed, I hear the old OHV engines are really reliable, but it all depends on the care of it.... If you want, take a sh*t load of pics and post em, all of us will tell you if its worth it or not.....

Good Luck!
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Here's the link to it. Doesn't really show a whole lot though. They're asking $5K, but I was told they want to get it off the lot and it's going to auction on Monday night. An employee there told me they'll probably let me have it for $4k, maybe less.
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I think $3500 would be a good price. Many say the 4.0 will last you easily 200,000. I have 90,000 on mine and it is great. I bought it with 60,000 and have not noticed any difference in performance or anything over that time. Just do like was said above about checking the oil and so on.
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