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Am looking at a 1999 Ranger extra cab 4-wheel drive automatic, with 117,000 miles on it. Selling for $5700. We presently have a 1989 Ranger with a manual transmission. Are the automatic 4-wheel drive transmissions as good as, as strong as, and reliable as the manual?

In the automatic, the dash light does not come on when switched to 4-wheel drive low. The light is on for 4-wheel drive but does not come on for low. How can I tell if it is shifting into low 4-wheel drive.

I tend to shy away from electrical doodads and I'm scared of the 4-wheel drive automatic transmission. Any thoughts on this truck?

Thanks for any replies.
--Ken
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you might be able to feel or hear it shift in to 4 low and i am pretty sure correct me if im wrong but i think th light comes on for 4 low i cant remember
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my 4low light did not come on a while back, the 4hi light would blink on and off then stay on, i switched out the 4x4 switch and now it comes on, if its not coming on then it could be the switch.
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I bought my '99 a year ago, 4x4, automatic, and it had 106,000 on it and works great. To go into 4 LO you have to come to a complete stop, put the transmission selector into neutral THEN switch into 4 LO, other wise it will stay in 4 HI. You have to do the same thing to get back out of 4 LO, stop, go to neutral, then turn the switch. 99's do have the auto-pulse hubs that are prone to failure to lock in, but are easy to fix:either by putting a lockout kit on, or there are how-to's on here that tell about other fixes.
If the truck is overall great shape and been taken care of I wouldn't hesitate to buy it, sure beats the price of a new one ... I gave $5000 for mine last March, which was a good price for around here... I see other Rangers equipped like mine going for much more all the time, especially 4x4's.
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thanks for the reply.truck seems to be in good shape........does the power seem good to you .like I said.my 89 seems to be faster or maybe it's my imagination.anyway.thanks.....ken
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