what to look for in an 86 Ranger 2.3 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource

General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-16-2013
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Goldsboro, NC
Posts: 6
what to look for in an 86 Ranger 2.3

Found an 86 Ranger on CL that I am interested in. I previously owned a 98 Ranger 3.0L with an automatic and I was very underwhelmed by it. Anemic power and abysmal MPG.

My daily is a Wrangler with better power but worse MPG. I wanted to find something that would let me haul things for around the house and make better MPG along the way.

Found this 86 Ranger on CL and it looks great. Its a 4cyl with a manual. My only fear with a vehicle this age is problems with maintenance. I know every used car or truck is different, but did this generation have any significant issues to look out for or even just overall questions I could show up with when checking it out? Also, would I be better off saving a few hundred more and just getting a slightly newer generation Ranger? I don't care about fancy, I just want something that runs well, gets decent MPG and can haul things.

The guy is asking $1600, is that way out of line for an 86 Ranger? He apparently got it in trade for something. He just sells cars on the side it seems.

Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kalamazoo
Posts: 3
I would be careful. wheeler and dealers will ask high for a lemon. it looks clean, but look at it as best you can, we are talking frame, body, wheels the whole thing.

If he sells cars on the side he's looking for $$$ and wants to make a buck flipping lemons or cheap cars for top dollar. check out the car nex to it. if that's his he obviously makes a lot of money doing this....
Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013
RLong31's Avatar
The Ban Hammer
iTrader: (5)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Monrovia, IN
Posts: 2,629
Rangers will probably never be able to get good MPG's.. except maybe the 2.3.. but then you lose some of that hauling power. If you're driving it around the house, why worry about MPG's and just get a 4.0?
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Turbo on 3.0 ranger??? LOOK LOOK!!!! Matt162b 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 14 11-14-2010 01:00 PM
Look Look! The mailman just came!! Seb_L Suspension Tech 17 03-16-2010 11:57 PM
look look look ... bruiser General Ford Ranger Discussion 7 11-27-2007 04:37 PM
Looking at Buying Ranger... Can someone look at this VIN for me? grandmastem General Ford Ranger Discussion 1 11-05-2006 12:13 AM
Look what I am going to look at! HAZZARDJOHN General Ford Ranger Discussion 37 07-17-2006 04:24 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:49 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.