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What are the pros and cons of a used Ranger?

Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum. I have loved the ranger since I was 12, and now I'm saving up for a used vehicle, and I am considering a Ford Ranger. What are the pros and cons of a used Ranger? I'm looking to buy one from the late 90's to mid 2000's. I want one for to use as a daily, and won't be using it to haul stuff besides going to car shows, flea markets, and lugging my old moped around. What are the gems to look for? What's a good price to look for? What should I watch out for? TIA! :)
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You're in Ontario, so rusty rear frame, especially where the spring shackles are riveted on.
The 3 litre V6 is OK, but expect to replace the front timing cover and pan gasket _ big job that pretty much requires that you remove the engine. (for the pan gasket anyway)

Later 3 litres had pocketing valve seat problems, but that was after 99. (guessing from 2003 to 2006, but do a search)

4 liters had some problems too.
The valves were too close together in the head, this a created a weak spot and if over heated, even a little, the head would crack there.

Timing chain issues in some models, but not all, you can do a search here on the forum for what years, the head cracking issue too.

There is also the 2.3 Duratec with the timing chain.
There are no woodruff keys on any of the sprocket gears, so if they slip, the valves get bent.
The 2.3 Lima engine has a belt so much better, but less power.
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Thank you !
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2WD will be better than 4x4 as far as things going wrong

Also manual windows vs power

Manual transmission is usually better when buying used, automatics need regular maintenance and without a history for that you can end up buying a "good" truck that needs $2,000+ transmission work.

1998 to 2012 were 3rd generation(last) Rangers

Outside of what Jeff said there were no real stand out bad years for 3rd generation
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Thanks :) I also hear that having a manual will help with the lack of power.
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Lack of power... Hmmm.
I have a 3 litre with a standard, it's pretty quick off the line IMO, but it has to revved to around 4000 rpm, which it has no problem doing that.
Guys who put these big fat ties on them and complain about the lack of power, well of course.
My truck is supposed to have 225/70's and someone put on 235/75's.
With this set up, I notice that when I'm on the highway climbing steep hills, I have to drop it out of 5th and the engine is working.
I think that will improve greatly with the stock tires, or even better with 215/75's.

As far as automatics, if they have a lock torque converter, then I don't think it's an issue.
But like Ron said, more expensive maintenance.
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I don't plan on increasing the size of the tires. The only mods I plan to do is to increase fuel economy, and increase ride quality.
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