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Old 07-24-2015
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Should I just junk 1999 Ranger?

I've had my 99 Ranger for about 8 years, which is pretty amazing to me, since it had over 200K miles on it when I bought it! It was a reliable work truck but I am not very good when it comes to fixing mechanical issues and I think it has reached the point where it is not worth investing any more money. Additionally, it has broken down on me twice this year and I do not have the money to fix it this time.

I noticed occasionally it would not go into gear (it is a standard) but I didn't really have the money to repair anything, and I had no idea what was going on. After I almost got stuck I checked the fluid for the clutch and it was low; so I put more in and it temporarily fixed the problem. But then a couple of weeks ago I noticed the clutch did not feel right. It was too lose, so I started to get worried. And today it just quit working. I had to push it out of the street (luckily my girl friend was with me so she could steer it) because I got stuck at a red light. The clutch pedal felt really stiff, but it wasn't working, and then it felt too loose, and nothing happens when pressing it down.

I'm pretty sure the problem is the slave cylinder, and I don't think I can remove the transmission to get to it myself. I certainly don't have 500-1000 to pay somebody to fix it, and I'm not sure it would be worth it anyway. There is some kind of issue with the ignition (I assume) that causes the truck to stall under acceleration. The radiator looks like it needs replacing again (there's a bunch of crap in it that looks like rust). And the AC doesn't work anymore. I would think it is worth more than the junk price, but I don't know if anyone is going to want to buy it if they have to pay for a major repair for an old truck in the condition it is?
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What does it look like?

People buy things on looks not whether they work well, if it's got dents and dings and/or rust it may just be a parts truck.

That being said I would advertize it as "mechanics special" needs new clutch and AS IS

Make sure you have AS IS on bill of sale signed by the buyer, the copy you keep, "as is" is "assumed" on the purchase of used goods, but having it written down is best.

It reads like a mechanic or DIYer could spend under $1,000 to get it back up and running.
So look up what '99 Rangers similar to yours are selling for locally.

Then subtract $1,000 and thats your price, take less if you want

Also call Ford junkyards, see what they will give you for it, just to see.
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Thank you. It has a few dents and one of the back windows broke. Maybe a mechanic would want it.
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Might just be me.. but anything with a good running motor is worth $500, even if it needs work. That's what I would offer you if I were looking at it. But, you might be able to squeeze $1000 out of the right someone.
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Maybe I should at least try to sell it then. I might try to get $1000 and if I only get $500 it would still be more than I would get if I sell it for junk. The truck has been very reliable for something with so many miles, but there's always a point (in my opinion) where they just get too old and worn out, especially if you can't fix everything yourself.
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How much did you pay in the first place? Find a mechanic to trouble shoot problems and volunteer to work for them doing anything that needs fixing that you can do...minimum wage hourly with all pay to go to the truck repairs directly. Stay at $500-$1200 max. Problems could be a lot less than what you're thinking because you know so little. Regular oil changes and antifreeze are cheap compared to doing nothing and driving till it drops. Get the window fixed first. Rain in your car ruins value quick. Junkyard price about $20. Is the paint and operating parts like lights intact. Actually, a 99 Ranger is a 'newer one', not really old at all. I have a 94 4x4, 5 years older. Take care of them. If you can't afford to fix this one, how can you afford another vehicle? If your plan is to buy a clunker, drive it till it stops and then walk away, you will always be on the edge with your car. Maybe you need to ride a bike and take the bus for a while until the car is fixed. Gas, insurance, registration and maintenance are all expensive, often more than than the vehicle price in a year, so cheap cars aren't always.
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What is the cost of fixing everything versus the cost of a completely different replacement vehicle?
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How is the seats maybe sell on parts?
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think you have answered your own question. i had the same question a few weeks ago. took 500 for mine. the junkyards were offering 75-100. got a replacement that's in my sig.

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Maybe I should at least try to sell it then. I might try to get $1000 and if I only get $500 it would still be more than I would get if I sell it for junk. The truck has been very reliable for something with so many miles, but there's always a point (in my opinion) where they just get too old and worn out, especially if you can't fix everything yourself.
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Fix it. My 94 ranger 4x4 has 250K miles on it. It's 22yrs old. I'm just in the process of replacing for the 1st time. Exhaust from the converter back. Fuel tank straps. All the shocks. Front leaf spring hangers. New bed mounting hardware and the fuel filler tube. All said and done I'm a little over $500 in parts cost. I do all my own work. I keep the truck because it is so reliable. Of course over time things wear out and have to be replaced. You have a choice - Buy a new vehicle at whatever interval you feel comfortable with and get the best warranty you can get. When that expires and the car is payed for. Sell it and start over. Or keep it and incure the cost of maintaining an aging car. It's your choice. But at the cost of buying new. Maintaining an already payed for car will be cheaper. How much cheeper depends on if you do the work yourself or what your mechanic charges.
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