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Is the Ford Ranger the truck for me?

I am a soon to be first time vehicle owner and am looking for a reliable smallish truck that is not too overwhelming, but can still hall some stones/dirt/camping stuff. I have heard/seen some good things about the Rangers on this site but am further in need of info.

But if i'm asking you guys for help i may as well tell you a little bit about myself as well:
My name is Ed i am 18.5 years old (for the record i'm not one of though's new generation crazy yolo kids) I enjoy listening to classic rock and vinyl records but still try and keep up with new music. I am studying in the field of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air/Conditioning)

Getting back on the topic at hand my father me both agreed that a small truck is what i should get and the Ford Ranger looks to be the truck for me.

So if i could get a hand with some general information about buying them used such as: Things to look out for/ what sized engine i should try and get,what i should stay away from/ how many miles do you think is to many for this truck, and any other information you think i should know (Feel free to direct me to links i may have missed) and also your first time buying stories i would love to!

And if you think the Reg. cab Vs the Extended cab is better along with 2WD Vs 4WD

Thanks in advanced,
Ed
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depends on you budget. how much are you looking to spend
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I'm not sure how much it snows in your region but if it does snow significantly, 4x4 is worth every penny
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Hey man welcome to the forums. This is actually my first post on this forum in over 3 years. Anyway, I would say whole heartedly that rangers are a GREAT first vehicle and will do exactly what you want them to do. I had (May her soul RIP) a 1995 XLT with the I4 and 2wd 5spd. She got me everywhere. Of course I didn't do any serious off roading so the 2wd worked fine and I only ever got stuck once in the snow. The extended cab is great but don't expect to actually use it for passengers. I kept my sub woofer box back there. But you could use it for hauling gear you don't want to expose to the elements and still have a passenger.
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I think a Ranger is a great first truck. What is your budget?
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I figured this question might come up, but forgot to mention that i'm working with 6,500 dollars... I know that's not a whole lot but that's why i'm not buying a brand new 2011 one haha.
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You can find a Ranger in that range.

I'm assuming you need 4x4?
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I don't need 4WD but it's always nice haha

I live in the Buffalo, NY region

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It seems like once you buy your first Ranger, you always end up with a few more! I know I wouldn't sell mine unless I had another one already bought.
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They're pretty good trucks and easy to work on. I haven't had any major problems with any of the 3 that i've owned so far!

you should be able to get a 4x4 for that price range with around 100k on it.
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If you buy one in your local area, keep an eye out for rust.

They are great first trucks. I never plan on selling mine, and I DO plan on owning more.
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