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Will a ranger save me money?

I currently drive a 2002 f250 crew cab long bed 4x4 diesel. It gets terrible gas mileage and it costs at least $120 to fill it up. I took an average of my fuel bill over the last 6 months and its almost $700 a month I'm spending on fuel... I use my truck to pull my tractor and cattle trailers around but I don't need it to get back and forth to work everyday. It's 40 miles each way to work and where I live everything is at least 15 miles away. The guys I've talked to at work that have some rangers say it costs about $50 to fill up and they get close to 400 miles to a tank. If that's the case I should save around $350 a month on fuel.

I found a certified pre-owned 2011 single cab 2.3 auto for $1300 that still will have a lot of factory and cpo warranty left on it. After my down payment it'll cost around $240 a month to finance the ranger. So I think I'll most likely break even after I pay the insurance on the truck every month.

Does all of this sound about right to y'all?
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That sounds like a better deal than what you are currently doing.

It could even haul small loads around if you're in that situation
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You won't be towing much with this right?

Very low capacities on that model, even ex-cab 4.0l auto have lower than you would think towing numbers.

But for MPG above 20 would be expected, 24/25 on the highway
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The only thing ill ever put in it is maybe some lumber or fencing supplies and a couple sacks of feed or a couple square bales and that's only rarely when I buy stuff in bulk that I don't need my big trailer for.
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hi I am not sure how to begin a post of my own so if I am doing this in the wrong spot my apologies..... but does anyone know how to change the little rod that slides the ignition to start my 1987 ranger 4x4? thanks
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In whichever forum you want to post your question at the top of the list it should say new thread click that and then type your post
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Its hard to save enough money on gas to justify another vehicle, even a motorcycle sometimes doesn't do it. The key is to get something that is mostly done depreciating. You could also get a ranger that is 10 years older than the one you are looking at, and it will be almost the same truck for a lot less.
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