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Old 09-25-2010
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I've owned two so far. My first Ranger is the one I still own and use as a DD. It's a 1995 2.3L automatic with just over 250,000 miles. Only parts I've replaced so far are the water pump, EGR valve and heater control valve. Engine and tranny are 100% original. Still waiting for it to die or start burning oil before I decide on a replacement.

Second was a 1998 2WD Mazda B2500. Biggest piece of garbage I've ever owned. Why Ford dropped the 2.3 in favor of the 2.5 (worst 4 cyl engine ever made IMO) is beyond me. It got 17 mpg compared to 23-24 in the 2.3 Ranger and didn't really offer any more power. Paid it off and sold it in just under two months. Worst $7,000 I ever spent.

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first truck was a 2wd 93 4.0 ext cab it was the plum purple paint,and then of course the 01 i got know
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Only one so far. My current 05.
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2000 Ford Ranger 2.5L Manual

My one and probably only Ranger ever. Unless they make another Ranger in like 2015 or I get a ridiculously good deal on a low mileage 02-04 FX4 Level II Twin Stick.

I plan on keeping this one forever. It's not worth anything so I might as well keep it. Maybe someday in like 10 years when I have a new car and this one is just rusting out I will make it a project car. D44 SAS and a 5.0 or maybe a 351W :) Who knows. Anything is possible.
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My first was a bright red 2007 Sport 4x4 with a 4.0 and an automatic. It was a nice little truck, but the mileage sucked. I traded for an F150 FX4...same mileage, more power, better ride, etc.

I just bought a new daily driver: bright red 2003 XL 2.3L manual transmission. I love it! It gets 30 mpg and I can still haul some stuff. The F150 tows the boat or camper while the Ranger gets me around every day...what could be better?
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i just bought my 3rd a week ago....1985 4x4
just finished the duraspark conversion today....still got a LOT of work to do to it to make it roadworthy...

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This is my 5th-all purchased new-all ordered just the way I wanted them:
1) 1990 STX 4x4 Regular Cab-Red w/Grey Sport interior-2.9L V6/5-speed Manual
Unfortunately(or fortunately) this truck was "Lemon Lawed" so I got:
2) 1991 XLT 4x4 Regular Cab-Black w/Grey Sport interior-4.0L V6/5-speed Manual
This is the truck that I really wanted in '90, but at the time the 4.0/5-speed wasn't available
3) 1993 XLT 4x4 Regular Cab-Black w/Grey Sport interior-4.0L V6/5-speed Manual
This truck was identical to the '91 only in the newer body style
Vanity plate on this truck was "Deja Vu"
Lifted with longer coils in front and threw on some 31-10.50 BFG ATs
4) 2000 XLT 4x4 Off Road SuperCab-DSG w/Grey Sport interior-4.0L V6/5-speed Manual
This truck was the first that I did any real mods on
245/65R16 BFG ATs, Hurst shifter, BBK TB, Ganatelli MAF, S&B Intake
5) And my '04-By far the nicest-XLT 4x4 Supercab-Black w/Grey Leather interior
4.0 SOHC/5-speed Auto--See sig below for mods
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Old 09-26-2010
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I've had:

A '94 repo Ranger I bought in '95 right after I graduated HS. It was a regular cab/long bed 2wd 2.3/5-speed XLT in dark toreador red with the porno red interior. Can't find a pic but I do remember that with a headwind and the A/C on it would need to run in 4th gear to keep up speed on the highway...lol. Traded it in on the '98

The first new vehicle I ever purchased was a '98 regular cab/short bed 2wd XLT in deep emerald green with grey interior. 3.0/5-speed. Cant find a pic of it either. Traded it in on the '03

I bought a new '03 Supercab 2wd XLT in Arizona Beige. Loaded, 4.0 Auto. It started like this:
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and ended up like this. Gibson exhaust, SCT tuner, Bronco II rear sway bar, K&N intake, lowered 2/3 with DJM stuff, 17" Mustang Bullit replicas, Kuhmo 255/50/17 tires, Explorer OHC, power leather seats, dome light, auto-dimming mirror, line-x, Extang bed cover, billit grille, 4x4 front bumper/fog light conversion, '07 taili-lights, clear corners:
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Traded it in on an '07 F150 FX2.

My current truck is an '03 Supercab XLT/FX4 4x4 4.0/Auto that I bought mainly just as a weekend ride since during the week I am usually in my work provided vehicle and I missed having a truck for home duties since we sold the F150 in '08 since I thought we didn't need a truck anymore (Doh!). This Ranger only has 58,000 miles and the price was right so now it resides in my garage. I still have the factory bucket seats out of the other '03 wrapped in plastic up in the garage attic. If only I could find a center console like the other '03 had I would swap them into this one:
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1989 Ranger GT 2-tone 2.9/Standard (Sandalwood/Dark Chestnut)? - Good truck/didn't like leaky 2.9 valve cover gaskets.

1995 Ranger Splash 4.0/Auto (Black) - Only owned it for 2 days...

2008 XLT 2.3/Auto (Vista Blue) - Boring, but still my favorite truck by far. And that includes the 3 F150's I've owned.
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Previous Rangers

Hey all ...the name is Justin... love this site. heres my first reply-

apparently im on number 4!

02 black edge single cab 3in body... presently owned
94 black b4000 ext cab 5.5in susp. + 3in body 35in tires- sold
93 green/teel xlt ext cab 4in susp. eddie bower custom interior- sold
97 green xlt single cab first car/ first love- crashed many times then sold
ALL 5spds
ill always own a ranger there's no other truck out there i'd drive

other cars owned:

92 camry wagon
89 saab 900
89 firebird ws6 350tpi... heads intake exhaust
89 mustang 5.0..heads cam intake exhaust
88 f250 4door 8ft bed bl w/ 33s
91 3000gt intake/exhaust
98 cherokee 4.5in lift 32's intake/exhaust
91 corvette intake/exhaust
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I've only had one and it is a 91 stx red.
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Before it was totalled, fixed, and sold..

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First 2001 Edge 3.0 5-speed (Sold, bought second ranger)


Second 2002 SuperCab Edge 4.0 Auto (Sold, Bought F150)


Third 2001 SuperCab Edge 3.0 5-Speed (Sold, bought a 07 Sport Trac BIG MISTAKE!)


Current 2010 XLT 2.3 5-Speed
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First Ranger I bought was a 93 bone stock Splash traded off with 250,000.


My 2nd Ranger is 99 XLT. Not my daily driver, I use a Tacoma for that. But, I love dropped Rangers, simply because they look better than the other manufactures.
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Old 10-08-2010
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The one i currently own is the only one ive had, would buy another one in a heartbeat!

04 Ranger Edge 4.0 2wd
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