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go for an 04+ Edge, better looking Front end in my book...but maybe im a little biased
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My first vehicle was a '93 ford ranger regular cab 5speed, had it for only about 6 months before i too totaled it by flipping it over (very smooth landing btw, like landing on pillows :D), i had just lifted the truck and had bigger shoes put on her too :( - after that i bought my '88 Jeep Comanche, 250k miles, A/T.....beautiful truck. but even with that i still missed the ranger, and so last week i finally got it back when i purchased a 2003 ford ranger subercab fx4, A/T, 61k miles, immaculate condition.

if you do happen to get a ranger - it wont disappoint, very reliable trucks, and easy to repair/maintain.
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hada 97 vw which was a pos then i got my ranger it had 110k on it drove it to the 170 mark , then dropped a new engine and trans into the thing and i got rid of all the electric 4x4 problems with a 1354M i dont ever want another vehicle and after i dont want this motor im gonna put a 5.0 in it.
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My first vehicle was a 1988 ranger XLT 4x2 Ext. cab with a 5spd and a 2.9. It was a great first pickup. I had it for a couple years, it had 80K miels when I got it in 1997 and I sold it in 1999 with about 120K on it. I burned through my first clutch with it though, other than that no problems. It did have leaky valve covers that I never got around to replacing, so occasionally it would smoke with burning oil when I parked it! LOL I paid $1800 for it.



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My first was a 1990 Ranger. 2.9L with twin sticks! I bought it for 500 bucks and it had closer to 200k on the clock. Took it home cleaned it out did some body work and painted it. Ended up putting like 300 bucks into it. Had it for about 2 years I wanna say and I put 30k on it without ever having a problem. Ending up selling it for 3k and bought my 99.
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The Ranger is a solid, reliable vehicle, great for a first car. There are lots of accessories available and they're easy to work on. I have the 4.0 SOHC motor in my B4000, but all of the motors are pretty good. All of the motors were used in many other vehicles so they're all common and easy for anyone to get parts for.

I prefer an automatic, but both transmissions are decent. The manual is a Mazda transmission, the automatic is a Ford transmission made in France...With the automatics, you need to change your fluid and filter very often...they're prone to all kinds of issues later in life. The manuals are solid as a rock except for clutch issues. Like any car, keep the fluids clean and change often. Don't buy a truck without service records, especially an automatic. I can't emphasize enough how fragile the 5R55E transmission (5-speed auto) can be if you neglect it.

Don't forget to consider the Mazda B-series. They're essentially the same truck as the Ranger, from 1994-2009. When I was looking for a new Ranger, I ended up in a Mazda because I couldn't find a Ranger configured how I wanted...4x4 with 4.10 Limited Slip...it seemed like all the Rangers I found had open-diff, at least at the time I bought it.

My Ford dealership is also a Mazda dealership. At the time, they were selling Rangers and B-series side-by-side, take your pick. You'll enjoy the car, whatever you get. If I had to have one Ranger for high school, I'd get a single cab 4-cylinder 5-speed. They're peppy and get good gas mileage. Try to find one equipped how you like.
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I had a Ranger for my first official truck. It was a 94' XLT Reg cab 2WD with 120k miles on it. I gave 2800 for it. The truck was awesome and ran great! It still runs great for its new owner with 190k on the clock. As you can see from everyone's answers, sthe Ranger is a great starter vehicle, heck for that matter, any vehicle. They are pretty reliable and tanks because they usually last so lng
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I wanted to emphasize how important it is to find the vehicle that YOU want...don't settle for the first one that you come across. Make a good, solid decision you can live with forever. Things like color, engines, transmissions, trim, etc. will eat away at you if you don't have the one you want. Take your time...look online at cars.com, autotrader.com, eBay, etc. Look far and wide...service records are important...just get the most truck for your budget, with room left over for immediate needs like tires, maintenance, etc.

They've made millions of Ranger-based vehicles over the years...the one you want is out there.
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My first car was a 98 ranger xlt reg cab 2x4 with a 4cyl. The truck was a hand me down from my brother. We first purchased the truck in 05 with 69k miles for 2500 but the p/o beat the **** out of it but nothing that wasnt easily repairable. I loved the truck but wanted an ext cab and 4x4 with air cruise and power windows and locks. I now drive a 99 ranger xlt 4x4 offroad ext cab with all the goodies that I picked up this march for 5800 with 101k miles. My advice is if you want a ranger get one dont double think it and be patient when looking for one.
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got a 89 4x4 2.9 sclb a4ld manual hubs push button 4wd selector got it for 1g dropped 1500 into it in the year i owned it, not all to keep it running did alot of rattle canning. 2.9 is a dog but nothing sounds quite as dirty and nasty as that little v6 with a open exhaust, hated the trans with a passion. sold it to my friend when i moved he rocked it for a year as his first vehicle more reliable but left him stranded 3 times, dropped the driveshaft twice.

got a 08 now 2.3 scsb manual trans and its as much fun as my teggy was, even though its way slower
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I had an 84' El Camino as my first car but totaled it after owning for 5 months, sooo I really consider my 99' Ranger my first vehicle ha. But yeah I bought it with 145k miles for $4500. I wouldn't say I beat the **** out of it but it gets used. Its been my work truck/DD since 07 I haul my lawn care trailer with it and I haul off loads of dirt, mulch, rocks you name it. It handles it all really well. Very reliable truck. Never had a problem with the 4.0 has always ran strong. Its got 176k on it right now and runs the same as it did when i bought it. And yeah Rangers IMO are the perfect first truck as said above.
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does the ranger got any pep under the hood for a standard six?
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does the ranger got any pep under the hood for a standard six?
The 4.0 SOHC V6 is the same one they put in the 2005-2010 Mustangs.

It's not the fastest light truck and it never had a V8 option like the Tacoma and Dakota but it hauls some *** once you get over 4000 RPMs.

If you want speed in a Ranger go for a 4.0 SOHC built after 2004. Low-end mudding and off-roading torque 4.0 OHV from the late 90s. If you want real power swap in a 5.0 or even a 5.4 lol.
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The 4.0 SOHC V6 is the same one they put in the 2005-2010 Mustangs.

It's not the fastest light truck and it never had a V8 option like the Tacoma and Dakota but it hauls some *** once you get over 4000 RPMs.

If you want speed in a Ranger go for a 4.0 SOHC built after 2004. Low-end mudding and off-roading torque 4.0 OHV from the late 90s. If you want real power swap in a 5.0 or even a 5.4 lol.
tacoma never had a v8 option.
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tacoma never had a v8 option.
Yep, never mind the Taco. No V8. You can get one in the Colorado's now though. 300HP.
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The 4.0 SOHC V6 is the same one they put in the 2005-2010 Mustangs.

It's not the fastest light truck and it never had a V8 option like the Tacoma and Dakota but it hauls some *** once you get over 4000 RPMs.

If you want speed in a Ranger go for a 4.0 SOHC built after 2004. Low-end mudding and off-roading torque 4.0 OHV from the late 90s. If you want real power swap in a 5.0 or even a 5.4 lol.
Ite thanks man
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i bought a 1987 ranger for $650 and sold it for $700 just secently. i loved that this to dead and dumped that clutch so many times, they are great little trucks that can take a ton to beating and keep on ticking what can u say. built ford tough. so buy a ranger
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I went to the shooting range today, saw a GMC s-10 Zr2..and fell in love with it. It just looks more...beefy to me than a ranger, but I will do my Homework and have made up my mind by the time i actually get a job to pay for either a ranger or not
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I went to the shooting range today, saw a GMC s-10 Zr2..and fell in love with it. It just looks more...beefy to me than a ranger, but I will do my Homework and have made up my mind by the time i actually get a job to pay for either a ranger or not
go back to the shooting range and look at the interior, then tell us what you think about that gmc
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Wasn't my 1st car but was the 1st new car a 93 xlt had 2.3 miles on it. Blew the engine at 275,000 miles hauling to much weight. Have an 05 now and still loving them Rangers!
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yes i would definately recommend getting a ranger for your first car/truck! i got my 01 4.0 v6 black ranger xcab 4x4 stepside a few months ago and i absolutely love it! i get about 17/22 mpg when im not driving like a bat outta hell. ive taken her offroading and shes amazing. just light enough and enough power to be just about the perfect mud truck in my opinion. if i got a lift and 33's on her, shed be unbeatable. but yea i love her and its got 135000 on it and nothing is wrong internally
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Hell, if Ford doesn't make another Ranger after 2011 I'm gonna go start looking for the one I want to keep forever. Probably a 2006 FX4 Level II with two tone Redfire Metallic and DSG, since it has my favorite front end plus the updated interior, and the cool tailgate and the bolt style fender flares. just a 3 inch BL and torsion crank. Fit in some 33s on some basic rims. Niiiice.
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