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I am looking at a 99 Ranger 4WD, 5sp, V6 with 113,000 miles. What do I need to know about regarding problems at this mileage? What should I be looking for? I am mechanical so the answer can be technical. Does this model have an OBDII connector? Is a beat clutch a big deal or is a guess at 400.00 to replace reasonable? Is 113K high for this motor? I run many of my cars to 200K before selling or giving away. Is the V6 here capable of long life with proper maintenance? How well does the brake system hold up, A/C?, Shocks and other suspension bits. My need is for 4WD transportation during bad weather, about a hundred miles per day round trip. Truck will be used on the highway and will not be subject to heavy loads or towing.
Any advice is highly appreciated. Hope to be a contributor once I start getting grease under my nails.
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Hi All,
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Is 113K high for this motor? I run many of my cars to 200K before selling or giving away. Is the V6 here capable of long life with proper maintenance?
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I feel 113k is WAY high for a 99. My old 99 had 72k on it.
the v6 is capable of running long life, BUT it all depends on how well it has been taken care of. Do you no if the person before you has changed the oil every 3k?
I would ask the owner a lot of matience questions if you are yo buy it.

The only probelms i had with my 99 was the dpfe EGR sensor went bad, and the flange that connects the exhaust pipes rusted out. I have heard of a lot of problems on rangers with the flange rusting out, but both of thoes problems are an easy fix.
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Hi All,
First post here.
I am looking at a 99 Ranger 4WD, 5sp, V6 with 113,000 miles. What do I need to know about regarding problems at this mileage? What should I be looking for? I am mechanical so the answer can be technical. Does this model have an OBDII connector? Is a beat clutch a big deal or is a guess at 400.00 to replace reasonable? Is 113K high for this motor? I run many of my cars to 200K before selling or giving away. Is the V6 here capable of long life with proper maintenance? How well does the brake system hold up, A/C?, Shocks and other suspension bits. My need is for 4WD transportation during bad weather, about a hundred miles per day round trip. Truck will be used on the highway and will not be subject to heavy loads or towing.
Any advice is highly appreciated. Hope to be a contributor once I start getting grease under my nails.
Thanks.
Is that the 4.0 V6? Either way... 113,000 miles on the truck isn't really all that many miles now days. If it was me, I would crawl under the truck and see if there appears to be any damage to the frame, skid plates, or any other componets that would hit the ground during heavy off roading.. While you are under there just take note if there appears to be any excessive rust. But over all I would buy one of these rangers with 113,000 miles on it without a doubt of live left in it. As the owner if htere is any service records for the vehicle. My main concern would be the tranny and transfer case fluids.
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Yes, it has an OBDII connector below the steering column.

Clutch replacement is straightforward but, requires quite a bit of disassembly on a 4x4. The combination slave cylinder/throwout bearing is the weak spot on the manual transmission Rangers and should be replaced whenever the clutch is done - it is inside the integral bell housing of the transmission.

The 4x4 system has two trouble areas. 98~2000 use automatic pulse vacuum hubs that have reliabilty issues. They can be easily converted to permanently locked hubs or there are manually-selectable hub conversion kits available for them. Also, the electrically shifted transfer case can sometimes be a problem.

Like other pickups, Rangers benefit from extra weight in the box during winter weather.
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