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2003 ford ranger xlt

looking at a 2003 xlt ranger 4 banger with a 5speed on weds. 25.000 miles. gold color. they are asking $6,495.00 but im sure ill get it for less. does this sound good? kelly blue book puts it at over $7grand in exellant condition. local dealer has it on the lot. thanks.
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Sounds like a bargain to me. I wouldn't want the 5 speed tranny though, I like my automatic.
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why not the manual? my off road is auto, its ok but i like to shift.
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why not the manual? my off road is auto, its ok but i like to shift.
A few years ago, my left foot was crushed in an industrial accident, even though it's not bothering me much now, the doctor told me to expect to get bad arthritis in it, so I'm shying away from anything with a clutch pedal. Also many women don't like to drive 5 speeds which make them a little harder to re-sell. I had a Tempo with a 5 speed which I did like a lot, I didn't mind shifting, but when it came time to sell it, a very common response I got was, sorry but I need a car for the wife, and she doesn't know how to drive a stick shift.

So in my old age (54) I'm liking the automatic transmission I have. It even has overdrive, but I don't use it.

If you're planning on doing a lot of off road driving, then yes the 5 speed may be right for you....Either or, the price sounds really good, a lot cheaper than mine was !!

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Why wouldn't you use overdrive. It makes no sense unless it won't hold the gear. The truck sounds like a good deal.
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I just put it in drive and leave it there. Not many hills around here, and I'm not carrying any weight, so I really don't need it. Most of my driving is short city driving, stop and go, but very short distances.
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i like the manual with the little 4 cyclinders trucks. i dont mind shifting. my 88 mazda b2200 has a 5speed and i love to drive it. auto in that thing would be soooo boring. got to have a manual on this one.n ill take it out for a spin to see how it is.
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If you like the truck after driving it, don't mess around too much as it might get sold to someone else. That's a really good price, and it should sell fast. Back when I was shopping around last February, I found a really nice 2001 Ranger for around $5,000 on the internet, and I went to go look at it, and it was gone before I got to the dealer, then the dealer tried selling me a '93 with 25,000 miles on it for the same price, I passed on it even though it was in mint condition, it was waaaay too old for me.

I took one look at my current truck, and bought it that day......after test driving it, we arraigned financing and I drove it home about an hour later. They can sell that fast.

One thing you can do is compare what that truck would cost new, and you'll see that it's a bargain, considering the excellent condition and low mileage.
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Yeah I wouldnt get a 2.3 without a stick it has to be a tad slower with the auto.

I love mine with the stick its actually a blast to drive.
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still debating on getting a new one still? i like having things new. used cars trucks are ok if they were taken care of. we
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I don't think I could afford a new one, and was lucky to find a "like new" one I could afford. I got over having "brand new" a few years ago, I leased an S-10 new, which cost me an arm and a leg compared to my similarly equipped Ranger that I could afford to buy.
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Why wouldn't you use overdrive. It makes no sense unless it won't hold the gear. The truck sounds like a good deal.
I agree, there's no reason not to use it unless your towing or have a lot of weight in the bed
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Well, when I do put it into overdrive, the motor's rpm increase by about 1000 rpms, so the engine runs quieter and smoother at the lower rpm. It feels almost like it's running in second gear.
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Well, when I do put it into overdrive, the motor's rpm increase by about 1000 rpms, so the engine runs quieter and smoother at the lower rpm. It feels almost like it's running in second gear.
sounds like your taking it out of overdrive. because what yours is doing is the exact opposite of what overdrive does.
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Maybe there's something wrong with it, because the engine rpm's is definitely higher when it's engaged. There's even a little indicator light that tells me when it's engaged.
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The light tells you the O/D is off. Leave it on.
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I turn the light on, and the motor runs at the higher rpms. I agree it shouldn't be that way.
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I turn the light on, and the motor runs at the higher rpms. I agree it shouldn't be that way.
no what he is saying is when that light is on that is saying that overdrive is OFF when the light is not showing that means it is in overdrive.

It says o/d off that means overdrive off and with it on like that its saying you took the truck out of overdrive hence why its running at higher rpms.
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aha, what a dope I am. LOL
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I can't believe how dumb I am. The little light says "O/D OFF" I'm thinking that was some sort of coded text message meaning something like " Over /Drive Only Fast Forward" or some other techie text wording....here it only means "OFF = off "....doooyyeeee



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