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Old 09-25-2011
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worth repairing @ 135k miles

Hello, I lost reverse in my 99 ranger w/ 135k miles(v6 auto). I was hesitant about getting a rebuild for about 1200 and the ford dealership has a new one for 3k. Unfortunately I don't have the mechanical ability to attempt at repairing this myself.

The only issues I've ever had all happened this year and I'm scared of bleeding any more money into this. (ac blower, ball joints, alternator)

With a new trans how much more life do you think I can get out of this. This is my only commuter and suits my needs. The option of getting a new vehicle would only be of consideration if economically it made more sense to spend the 3 grand towards another ranger as my needs in a truck have not changed.

what do you think? Thanks for any response.
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I have a 1998 with 151,000 miles on it. Replaced the head gaskets and valve body gasket at 132,000 and it has been going strong. However, with this age and mileage it seems too be eating through parts. I like my truck so I think it is worth it but I doubt it is economical especially if you don't need a truck. As far as replacing it with another ranger, you don't really know what you could be getting yourself into. I have so much parts and money into mine now if I got another truck I would likely have to replace those parts all over again.

If you just lost reverse it could be something stupid like a solenoid or valve body gasket. You could find new valve bodies with solenoids for fairly cheap. If this is the case it should be a lot cheaper than $1200.
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i had to replace a trans in my 95 around 140k. i'm at 203k right now and still going strong. that $1200 is cheaper than buying a new/used car.
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My 2000 has over 230,000 miles on it, and still going strong. IMO, you should still have at least another 100,000 miles to go. Unless it's got some major structural or body issues, I'd put the money into it, and make sure you're maintaining it properly.
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My 2000 has over 230,000 miles on it, and still going strong. IMO, you should still have at least another 100,000 miles to go. Unless it's got some major structural or body issues, I'd put the money into it, and make sure you're maintaining it properly.
dude ur truck doesnt even look like it has 100k. Being in the north east, its in pretty damn good condition!
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to go with a new trans. If I can get a few more years without major repairs it should pay for itself.
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to go with a new trans. If I can get a few more years without major repairs it should pay for itself.
Nice!
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You definitely made the right call. I would have done the same thing.
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