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Old 12-21-2010
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Your first ranger stories.

I wanna know how you guys got your first (or farthest back you can remember) ranger. did you snag it from a dealer? find it on the side of the road? lets hear some good ones.
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Actually bought mine from my older brother back in high school for a winter vehicle so I didn't have to drive my mustang in the snow anymore. And now, it transformed into my best lookin ride after a lot of hard work and some money. But my first memory of the truck was when the block busted going down the highway at about 60mph. Needless to say, it scared the hell out of me and my brother lol.
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Bought it from the original owner who wanted a bigger vehicle. He hadn't even put a for sale sign on it yet. Just happened to ask him at the right time. Paid $1400 for it.
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my parents gave me my first ranger when i was in high school, still kinda miss that truck
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I got mine in high school, i was driving around a junky old style cavalier. my father gave me an ultimatum, come up with half and you can have whatever the heck you want. so i found mine from a guy down the street, bought to drive to work then he upgraded. that was three years ago.
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Had a 200? pontiac grand am. Had some minor body damage and busted radiator support from hitting a blown tire on the highway. Also needed new tires.

Took it in for an oil change. They gave me an estimate on the repair costs for the vehicle and new tires........so I searched the lot, saw the ranger, and said "gimme".......so I left with the ranger.

This truck wouldnt have lasted much longer onthat lot.
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Old 12-22-2010
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well, iv only had the truck for 8 mnths and its my first vehical so i will tell you anyway
so i was searching craisglist for months on endlooking for the perfect ranger (or jeep at the time). i was looking at two cities, mine and one about 1 hr away. my dad got tired after we drove up to the 1 hr plcae twice and at the time i was still 15 but ready to buy cus of my pro lawn business the second day i stopped looking at that city, my bro(who lives there) called me and showed me the truck. he said "i know you love standing out and its 01+ ranger" and i just wand it soo bad. i called right away and the next day i wentto look at it, check engine light was on and it was egr value so i got it for 4000
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I had been looking for a small pickup for about 6 months and was in no rush to buy. I wanted something to drive to my hockey games, something to move stuff in and since i can't buy a UTE in NA its the next best thing. Over those six months I ran into a couple flakes and even missed out on a 90 s10 with 21k original miles for 1500 by 5 minutes.

So i kept looking and saw a 99 ranger for 2500 on craigslist. It was owned by a nice Asian couple. I later found out it was his first car when he was in college, then he gave it to his wife and it was her first car. Needless to say it has some scrapes, scuffs and a couple character dents which his wife took credit for. It had 112k miles on it and had every service record, i offered 1800, the wife said that they were firm on price. I said that's ok the most i can offer is 2000 based on cosmetic damage and what maintenance was coming up. If you change your mind call me and walked away. I got a call the next day that we had a deal.
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My 91 showed up in my driveway 2 years ago for my 16th birthday. It was my grandpas truck and he gave it to me.
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My grandfather had a 98 XLT 4x4. Basically just an older style of my truck. He took it to Jiffy Lube to have them change the oil one day and they for some reason put 42psi in the tires. So he didn't know about it, was heading home in the rain and hydroplaned into the median and long story short, the truck got totaled. 3 months later he goes and picks up a 2002 XLT 4x4 for $11,000 from an old woman who took great care of it. About 2 years later, my grandfather decides he's done driving and gives me the truck, and my cousin the Honda Accord that he had(it was my grandmothers).
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was driving a 91 S-10 that was modified beyond practical daily driving usage and had a bad knock. My dad found a ranger online at a used car lot so we went and looked at it, it was misadvertised as a 4x4 and was actually 2wd, so i looked at another one they had (the one i bought) . i didnt consider it at first because of its mileage (142k) but i drove it and tld them a few things that were wrong with it (that really werent) and left with it for 4k (asking 6300). fixed my S-10 knock (broken flexplate) and sold it to the used car place i bought my ranger from.

Over 3 years and over 10k later, with 197,500 on it, it is in better shape now than it has ever been
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Needed a better vehicle for mileage since my '69 F100 got around 10 mpg. I bought it from the second owner. The first owner followed the manual on every single thing to do and filled out the book to around 100,000. Second owner just wanted something different.
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My mom bought my 2000 from my brother-in-law with 121k on the clock in October of 2008. We got it for $1,000 which was a really good deal. Between October and March I paid my mom back the $1,000. Then I wrecked in June 09 and I put another $600-$800 into it. And ever since then the modding has been draining my pocket book.

In my opinion it looks better than it did when I bough it but then again I rebuilt the front end and I like fender flares HAHA.

I would like to believe I will have this truck at least till I leave the Coast Guard. I will need a winter beater and there is no way I will be able to afford another truck while I am paying the $1,000 a month for my 2012 Z28
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bought it from a concrete yard where it was used as the golf cart for the head mechanic/manager to get around.
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bought mine in early 2010, then it took a ****. and now we're here.
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I bought my Ranger on Feb 6th, 2005. It had 29K on it and I bought it for $13,500. I was 19 and a freshman in college.

I bought it at Big Mike Naughton Ford. My Dad made me drive it home which was about 30miles and I had only driven a manual 1 time before that.
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I would like to believe I will have this truck at least till I leave the Coast Guard. I will need a winter beater and there is no way I will be able to afford another truck while I am paying the $1,000 a month for my 2012 Z28
$1,000 a month for a vehicle? That's the monthly payment for a very nice house, at least here it is.
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$1,000 a month for a vehicle? That's the monthly payment for a very nice house, at least here it is.
Thats recockulous. $1000 a month is f*cking absured.

You better have a nice house to bring the ladies home to. You can't have the nice car and the ****ty house...

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$1,000 a month for a vehicle? That's the monthly payment for a very nice house, at least here it is.
Correct. It is about 2/3 of my monthly pay lol. But I will have no living expenses so yeah. I will be paying for JUST that though. I won't be insuring it or driving it. Just paying for it and leaving it in the garage at home. It will be there when I leave the Coast Guard after my 4 years or if I go career I will leave it in storage or at my home eventually. Gotta get it paid for first. It's gonna be a collector car though, not for driving.
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I was driving my first car, 1980 Mustang. The carb had a bad fire and was toast (not the first time). A family member sold me the "Tempo of doom!" a 1992 ford tempo. Ya that was a pile! LOL. And as soon as i could afford it i was at the ford dealer. Drove off in a brand new 2003 Ford XLT single cab 4 cyl. 2wd. put 75K on it before trading up to my slightly used 2004 4wd. That 2wd had limited slip and got me to some places but i had to get a 4x4. :) - 12 more payments and its mine!
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My father purchased my first ranger back when I was a freshmen in HS, I remember seeing it on the side of the road while riding the bus home on the last day of school, called him up and by 6pm that night we were driving it back home. 6 months later I flipped (and totaled) the truck on a dirt road. 7yrs later I now have my '03 fx4

Ill let someone else make a comment about the z28 sitting in the garage as a collector, I'm going to sleep!
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I ended up with my Ranger because i needed to get rid of my 06 Super Duty. Just so happened, the youngest son was looking for a diesel, he bought mine and i bought his. The boy was not very nice to this FX4. (its an offroad ya know) still need to shampoo the seats, and other small stuff.
Sorry to say, but that 2012 Z28, prob wont be a collector for 30 years, if it ever is. Chevy, Ford, abd Dodge are banking on these car bailing them out. Seems to be working, cause we see Mustangs, Cameros, and Challengers around every corner. Pick up a 67 -69 camero, and put that in the garage instead. For 35000 (the cost of a new Z) you should be able to find a true collector.
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It was 1997 and I was 15 years old and I had saved up $2000 from pusing carts at the local grocery store. I was getting my license in the next month and I had to have my own vehicle. My Dad had one rule, it had to have less than 100K miles as he didn’t want a POS that was constantly breaking down in his driveway. This limited me in my options. My Dad said he would co-sign for a loan but the thought of making payments scared the living crap out of me. I found an ad in the Thrifties section of the Star Tribune for a 1988 Ranger XLT ext cab 5 spd with a topper and 88K miles. I took my Dad to see it and it was in good shape except for some rust over the rear wheels, but the paint still shined and it had some explorer aluminum wheels. After talking with my Dad he urged me to buy it so I picked it up for about $1900. The problem was I didn’t know how to drive a stick. No one in my family had owned a stick shift since I was little. My Dad drove it home and it sat for a few weeks until I got my license on my 16th b-day, August 4th 1997. I asked my Mother to teach me how to drive a stick so I could take my pickup out, well she was too tired so she said to take her brand new 1997 Crown Vic. I refused as I wanted to take my pickup, so I hopped behind the wheel and taught myself to drive a stick. It was a scary night to say the least. Two guys and my girlfriend crammed into my ranger and me killing it at every intersection! LOL good times. No surprise I had to replace the clutch a few months later.




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I bought my 02 as it was being loaded up on a 18 wheeler headed for auction. Got a great deal on it.

as for a 2012 z28 being a collector car. hahahahaha. Good one. I needed a good laugh
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Thats recockulous. $1000 a month is f*cking absured.

You better have a nice house to bring the ladies home to. You can't have the nice car and the ****ty house...
Priorities man, I've worked with a couple guys who have ridiculously nice cars (audi r8 and Nissan GT-R) and live in a middle of the road apartment and on the other spectrum my old manager drives a 94 4.0 4x4 ranger and has a million dollar home.
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