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2003 Ranger Edge Buying Advice

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2003 Ranger Edge Buying Advice

Hello all. I've been in the market for a small 4x4 truck to use as my daily driver. I was looking at the Tacomas but they are way too expensive. I've found a 2003 Edge, auto, full service history, belt done at 70000 miles. It has the 4.0. I've been reading through the forums gathering information but would like to hear from folks familiar with this model.What else should i look for ? Thank you all and have great New Year...
 
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Welcome to the forum

", belt done at 70000 miles."?
Not sure what that means, but total miles would mean something

The Edge package is a base model, Brochure here: http://www.motorologist.com/wp-conte...r-brochure.pdf

2003 Ranger 4.0l SOHC engines were the tail end of the timing chain issues with these engines, problem was pretty much gone in 2005

Rangers are good vehicles and can take high miles on the chassis, 4x4s have more parts so will need more attention.
Shift into 4WD and 4Low once a month while sitting in the driveway, this keeps the electric shift motor working

2003 4.0l will have 5R55E automatic trans, good transmission if not overheated, same as all automatics, heat kills them
2nd trans cooler is required, not optional IMO

You can get a Bluetooth OBD2 reader, under $40, this works with any Smartphone, and it works with ANY vehicle sold in the US or Canada after 1995, not a Ford thing or even a Made in US thing, ALL VEHICLES were required by law to use OBD2 computer protocol
Easy to plug in and look at Code History, or to see if its been recently reset to Clear all codes, which is a warning sign that there may be trouble the seller doesn't want buyer to see
These OBD2 readers are good investments, a good tool to have long term

1999 and up Rangers had PATS(passive anti-theft system), this requires a coded key to start the engine, hopefully you get 2 or 3 keys with it, adding a spare key can cost $200+

Most Ford Dealers do Used Vehicle Inspections, $100-$150, they will often find things so you can bargain down asking price more than the $150 so cost of inspection is free, but even if all is well it's still worth the $150 to know that, lol.
If seller is not willing to have vehicle inspected then pass on it
Even if you won't do the inspection asking to do it can be a test of sellers confidence in the vehicle passing an inspection
 

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Welcome to the forum

", belt done at 70000 miles."?
Not sure what that means, but total miles would mean something

The Edge package is a base model, Brochure here: http://www.motorologist.com/wp-conte...r-brochure.pdf

2003 Ranger 4.0l SOHC engines were the tail end of the timing chain issues with these engines, problem was pretty much gone in 2005

Rangers are good vehicles and can take high miles on the chassis, 4x4s have more parts so will need more attention.
Shift into 4WD and 4Low once a month while sitting in the driveway, this keeps the electric shift motor working

2003 4.0l will have 5R55E automatic trans, good transmission if not overheated, same as all automatics, heat kills them
2nd trans cooler is required, not optional IMO

You can get a Bluetooth OBD2 reader, under $40, this works with any Smartphone, and it works with ANY vehicle sold in the US or Canada after 1995, not a Ford thing or even a Made in US thing, ALL VEHICLES were required by law to use OBD2 computer protocol
Easy to plug in and look at Code History, or to see if its been recently reset to Clear all codes, which is a warning sign that there may be trouble the seller doesn't want buyer to see
These OBD2 readers are good investments, a good tool to have long term

1999 and up Rangers had PATS(passive anti-theft system), this requires a coded key to start the engine, hopefully you get 2 or 3 keys with it, adding a spare key can cost $200+

Most Ford Dealers do Used Vehicle Inspections, $100-$150, they will often find things so you can bargain down asking price more than the $150 so cost of inspection is free, but even if all is well it's still worth the $150 to know that, lol.
If seller is not willing to have vehicle inspected then pass on it
Even if you won't do the inspection asking to do it can be a test of sellers confidence in the vehicle passing an inspection
Wow, thank you for taking the time to respond. Should have. Even more clear, serpentine belt replaced. Vehicle has full service history since new. That's what is states on the carfax . I like the idea of second trans cooler, I need to research that. All fluids were changed at 40k and again at 70k. Thanks again
 
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welcome from lancaster area, i have family in the waynesboro / greencastle area. I had a 2003 4.0. Never gave me a lick of trouble outside of a check engine light
 
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Small world..... good to know you never had any serious issues
 
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So i found a very nice 2004 Ranger , single cab, 61k miles, two owner, 3.0l automatic. After recovering from the prices some of these Rangers are going for I would like to buy in the immediate future. So my next question.
Would you guys hesitate to buy this as your everyday daily driver ? Perhaps i'm getting too cautious as i get older but just appreciate any advice. thanks
 
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Don't worry I personally have a 2006 Mazda b2300 RWD (ford ranger with 2.3 litres) anyways it's a single cab with 112 thousand miles. It serves well the chassis has been great with Canadian winters and never left me stranded. My rear diff had a major leak and had to replace cover along with one rear leaf spring. If you are somewhat handy it is easy to maintain. This was my first vehicle and i was able to service it cheaply with parts from junkyard or AutoZone. Any other questions about the platform I would be happy to help
 
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Hello all. Squisher here and i’m Looking at a 2003 Edge, extended cab, 4x4, v6, Auto, 4litre with approx 60,000 K miles. Very low miles. Great price. I’m looking to buy it and upgrade from my 2002 ranger, v6, 4 liter 4x4, XLT, Extended cab with 125,000. I’m stilll trying to I’d what’s different between MY ranger XLT AND AN EDGE.? I may not be able to visit a mechanic so I’m looking for advice on the more easily detected items. I may buy the code reader and pull up the list for ref. Ive read a rough idle may be a really bad sign. Also the front bearings and i believe tie rods were a 2003 edge concern. Can i feel that on a test drive? Or, are there known 2003 EDGE issues to ask or look into? Thanks for your info preceding my post and whatever may follow.
 
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When looking for model differences Google (year) Ford Ranger Brochure

I found this for 2003 Ranger: http://www.motorologist.com/wp-conte...r-brochure.pdf

XL and Edge are base models
XLT is an upgraded model, more "standard options"

Outside of the timing chain issue with all 2001 to 2004 4.0l SOHC engines I don't think the Edge had any other common issue
The rough running on the 4.0l SOHC was usually a cracked elbow on the PCV hose, a vacuum leak, easy fix
Or dirty MAF sensor, also an easy fix

The thermostat housing tended to leak on the 4.0l SOHC as well

2001 to 2005 4x4 module was a known issue, not common but they did tend to fail more often than older model 4x4 controllers
2006 and up 4x4 modules were better but can't be used in 2001-2005
 
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Great info. Ill crawl under it in about an hour and quiz on all those points. My mechanic may be able to see it if I get to it quick enough. I don’t know what options might be lacking in the edge Im looking to buy, verses my XLT, but it has power windows and locks and that alone is an upgrade. NOt too many bells and whistles on these Rangers as it is. Unless their mechanical and I don’t kow it.
Thanks a ton. Wish me luck in my inspection / buy.
 
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