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Old 01-22-2011
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Thoughts on a high mileage used purchase

I am looking to upgrade my ranger and I came across ( sorry no pics, out of town) a super clean 01 xlt extended cab, 4.0 5 speed. Truck has 155k on it a new clutch 20 k ago. Bedliner, factory rail caps, running boards and a bug deflector. Gold with the tan interior. I have been around cars all my life and I am shocked at how clean it is. Now I know the 4.0 motors as I run the M122 blown 4.0 in my mustang but that high of mileage is foreign to me and I know nothing of the manual trannies. Any thoughts and supposedly 50 k of the mileage was piled on in one year by a salesman. they are asking $ 5000 for the truck. Not a single dent and every thing works as it should.
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my truck had 162k on it when I bought it. but, there really isn't anything "bad" about buying a vehicle with mid 100k miles, as long as you have checked everything and made sure that its as good as it appears. maybe take it to a mechanic and have a pre-purchase inspection if you are serious about it. I know plenty of people who had bought vehicles with upwards of 100k miles. also, is it a 2wd or 4wd?
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Its a 4wd. He will take my truck for 2k and mine is rough as hell. I just got it back from my daughter and she damn near killed it. Took me about a month to get the truck running well, but I want something that looks nice but is cheap.
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for 4wd, I would say thats not bad. my buddy bought a 99 4x4 stepside with 160k on it a few years ago for 5k and it had some problems. so I'd say thats not bad. not sure what everyone else thinks, but I'll stand by what I said.
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Sounds like a good deal. I picked up my 99 4x4 for $4900 in March '10 with 109,xxx on it. The only issues I've had was new upper and lower ball joints needed replaced. I'm not sure on the 4.0L, mine is 3.0L.
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I bought my 99 auto 4x4 used for 7500 and it had 129k miles on it. 3.0L though, I still have it today and it's sitting at 213k. No major issues just old age issues now.

Like was mentioned above take it to a mechanic for a presale checkup and maybe try getting the VIN to get a car history report. Get as much information and then make your decision.
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Nothing wrong with considering it if the previous owners followed the scheduled maintenance. Regular oil changes (among other things) are important. I'd have it looked over by a reputable mechanic. You also must keep in mind there will be things that will need to be replaced and go wrong on a high mileage vehicle.
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Actually I would have no problem dropping in another motor if needed. The body and interior is so nice that it will be worth some wrench time. The guy is away on vacation so I have some time. I'll post up with some pics when and if I get it.
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If the truck is clean and in good repair it wouldn't bother me at all, my 06 Corolla has 400,000 miles on it and it has been an awesome car with no problems.
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I may be selling my 4.0 mustang that has the M122 blower on it and if i strip the system off it will bolt right on to the 4.0 ranger. Would be cool. but not sure how much the tranny will like it.
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If the truck is clean and in good repair it wouldn't bother me at all, my 06 Corolla has 400,000 miles on it and it has been an awesome car with no problems.
OT, but how do you have 400k on an '06? My dad drives his 2000 F-350 all day long, 6 days a week, and he's got 355k on it. Just wondering haha.
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