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Old 01-05-2012
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I got a 4.0L w/ 4x4 and 4.10 gears, I'm getting 17 - 20 mpg.
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I got a 4.0L w/ 4x4 and 4.10 gears, I'm getting 17 - 20 mpg.
this is what i get on mine also, its an 02. i picked it up 2 years ago with 84k for 6500. and have done just normal things to it. deals are out there, you just have to spend the time and energy to find them. ps im 6.4 and ive had a couple people ride in the back seats, not comfortably, but we all fit. insurance on a me at 18 with no tickets is 90ish a month, but when i bought my miata i pay 50 for it and 30 on the ranger because the miata is my primary vehicle.
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This is what I say. First go shopping for Rangers. Decide what options you want, and see what its gonna cost you. Don't go to a dealership, those guys are like vultures, and will swoop in at the slightest possibility of a sale. Look at fleet vehicles (if you don't mind the color white), they are basic as far as options go, but they are very well mantained and most will go for dirt cheap. Then once you get the base vehicle, you can have fun modding it into something you like. I got my used 2004 4x4 with 80k miles for $8k. As far as engines, go with the 4.0, as the 3.0 has basically the same power as your 2.3l anyways.
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This is what I say. First go shopping for Rangers. Decide what options you want, and see what its gonna cost you. Don't go to a dealership, those guys are like vultures, and will swoop in at the slightest possibility of a sale. Look at fleet vehicles (if you don't mind the color white), they are basic as far as options go, but they are very well mantained and most will go for dirt cheap. Then once you get the base vehicle, you can have fun modding it into something you like. I got my used 2004 4x4 with 80k miles for $8k. As far as engines, go with the 4.0, as the 3.0 has basically the same power as your 2.3l anyways.
I bought a fleet Vehicle from Ford...That was my ranger prior to this one. About 2 weeks later while I was walking up to it in a parking lot I noticed It looked a little odd...It had a bent frame. Still drove perfectly fine so I didn't notice till I saw it at the angle I did. I took it back to the Ford dealership...They told me it was a fleet vehicle so I had to go down the street to talk to them...OKKKK So I went over their, they inspected it and called me and told me to come talk to us. I did...They told me they think it was me who bent the frame!!! I was pissed!!!! I went threw some people and nope they wouldn't do anything. They said that since I took the frame rails off and their was a ground wire ripped that I must have been offroading and bent the rails and ripped the ground wire off! They wouldn't do **** for me. (Note: I never went offroading at all at this point. I took the rails off due to I think they are ugly. The ground wire was already broken. (As of course I didn't break it.) When your buying a car/truck from a dealership you should not have to look under it to see if it is in proper order. Used or not. Either way I ended up keeping it for about a year. Like I said it drove fine. Randomly that was the fasted 4L that I've had to date. Or ridden in at this point I've had 3 OHC's myself. (it was an auto just in case your wondering.) Anyway back to it. I kept it around for about a year till I traded it in on my Nismo. Took close to a 2000 dollar hit...Never again will I buy a fleet vehicle nor anything from that dealership.
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Old 01-06-2012
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Dang that sucks dude. A bent frame is nothing to take lightly! Before I got my truck, i checked carfax, and visually inspected every inch of it, after that, I paid my mechanic to go over it for something I missed. I would never drop $$$ on any car or truck without a thorough inspection, regardless if it came used from a dealer or was a fleet vehicle. Sounds like that dealership pulled a fast one on you. Buyer beware.
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No joke...Funny thing was, is it did come with a carfax. What pisses me off is it was at a real ford dealership. Not just some rinkydink dealer. Or even a used car dealership. It had to be inspected before they sold it. I Think they didn't notice it either...Like I said. I owned it and didn't even see it till like 2 weeks later. You know they just drive it in and put it on the rake. Checked if everything is in good working order inside and out and underneath of course and since it drove fine and everything checked out they just passed it. Guaranteed they didn't notice. Yea it pissed me off. I was over it pretty quick after I bought my next truck though. To tell you the truth I was over it within a month after all of that dealing with the dealership BS. It drove great and did everything any of my other rangers did. Still did good off road. So it was fine. Just kinda looked a little off on the side. lol It more or less was not really noticeable unless you were really **** about little details or got a great side shot of it.

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I've got a single cab 2.3 automatic mostly stock, I'm getting 16.5-17.5 city and 30-31 highway mileage. I love it the way it is. I wouldn't change a thing and have no desire for a bigger truck at all. Too hard to park in tight places, poor mileage, more room for garbage to accumulate, too hard to reach over the side to access the bed or tool box, too hard to get into a higher truck. I'm perfectly happy with mine the way it is. I'm planning on keeping it for another 5-10 years...
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