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Well stopped by the dealer were I got the Ranger to look at what they had they are trying to get me into either an Escape or an Ex-Cab Ranger both Sonic Blue, power equip. group and autos (the only sticks are XL Rangers) but the Ranger is a 3.0L and the Escape is a 2.3L the Ranger is about $500 less after the discounts. Opinions guys ?

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ranger but keep looking around alot!!! go with a 4.0L you will love it hun!
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yeah tell them to let ya know when they get a 4.0 in stock
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Yea if you can dont go with anything less then 4.0 and 4x4. All of the other stuff is optional lol.
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Can't afford it Zach....I was between jobs when all of this happened and currently unemployed, so Im kinda stucked with the dealer I got the 2004 from :(
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Why not buy something a few years older? There are plenty of nice vehicles out there, and it may be easier to find what you want. Even get a 4.0L 4x4. This is the newest vehicle I've ever owned, and it's still 11 years old. I don't care that someone else has already driven the vehicle... just means they eat all the depreciation that happens the second you drive it off the lot.
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i agree with you tammy id look for around 2000 and up or so and get what options you want and dont settle for anything.. atleast get the 4.0... but whatever you truley want is what you want.. do what YOU want. but do what i say and get the 4.0 hehehe :)
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Given the problem people have had with the SOHC 4.0's (timing chain rattles) I would suggest going with a '00 or older ranger, especially if you are on a budget.
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Ive got an '03 edge i'll make a deal on. but sirecely just wait and get what you want.
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I have the 2000 4x4 4.0 with all the goodies. The OHV is a nice motor but they all got a ton of miles on em now. I would look for an 01 or 02 with the 4.0 That way you can have a vehicle with fewer miles and a newer front end. I bought the best I could afford at the time. Trust me, you will be much happier with a newer looking truck than the 98-00 front end.
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get the ranger... or wait till you find one you really want.. or go used... i know someone who is selling a 01 4.0 in yellow
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Ty look for a used 2001-2003 truck hun you dont have to buy new you can get a nice 4.0L ext cab lower miles out there cheap just start hunting hell whats your zip code???
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DO NOT GET A 3.0. 3.0 sucks, greatest thing i ever did was get out of a 3.0. Get the escape, good gas mileage, nice ride height. Or get a ranger with a 4.0.
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Ty, you know you won't be happy unless you get a Ranger (preferably a 4.0), besides isn't the Escape a FRONT wheel drive? Plenty of good low mileage Rangers out there. Good luck with your search.
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DO NOT GET A 3.0. 3.0 sucks, greatest thing i ever did was get out of a 3.0. Get the escape, good gas mileage, nice ride height. Or get a ranger with a 4.0.
Not totally true jon. I love my 3.0 once in a while I wish it had more power, but its a 3.0 autp ext cab and i just took a trip to tn and did about 240 miles on that and 40 miles around my town before I hit the highway and I just avg almost 20mpg with 4.10's. So i'm pretty pleased with mine.

Escapes are pretty nice if I NEEDED a small suv for a family or something i'd get one. If you dont have a family just stick with the truck
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DO NOT GET A 3.0. 3.0 sucks, greatest thing i ever did was get out of a 3.0. Get the escape, good gas mileage, nice ride height. Or get a ranger with a 4.0.
What was so bad about your 3.0? My mom's Ranger is a 3.0 and it has been great so far. It probably won't win any races, but it has plenty of power for daily driving and gets good gas mileage. 3.0s also tend to be more reliable than 4.0s.

If money is tight, I would go with a used truck so that you don't take the depreciation hit on a new one. I'd go with a 2WD as well to use as little fuel as possible.
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Well, I'm just hoping the reliability part holds up, b/c the power and mileage is lacking once you put on larger tires and offroad protection.

I will say with the stock tires, I did get a few trips in the 20-22mpg range. Those days are long gone. If it hits 16 (after calculating odometer reading for larger tires) it is a good thing.
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I hate to say this...but you should get the escape...
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Ty.....you will find the ranger you want for the price you want. Hey they wanted $14,999 for my truck and i payed around half of that out the door. so you will find it! So dotn you worry.
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Nothing wrong with the 3.0L mine was a 3.0L and I loved it!!

Im looking at new vehicles because banks are more likely to give me a loan on a new vehivle then on an used one.

The escape would be nice since I do kinda have a family. The Ranger ex-cab is enough space for now I guess.

Mainly I am looking for a 5-speed manual, blue, with seating for more than 2 people. 4.0L not important :P, 4x4 would be nice (but not necessary).

So Im leaning more towards the Ranger only cuz it is cheaper.
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you have kids?
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Yes and no....they aren't mine but I love them like they are :) now back to my topic
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ummmmmmmmm well on that note....if you have to transport kids get the excape hun. i personally hate them drove then alot at my last job and cant stand them. also the repair lot at work was always focus, windstar and escape's so ya thats why i dont like them.
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I hate to say this...but you should get the escape...
no reasons why? :P
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how old are the kids? If thier not too old they could ride in the jumpseats on a ext. cab. I love my 01, somehow I don't have the timing chain rattle
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