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What to look for in an 86 Ranger?

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?

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The price sounds good and it looks like it's in great shape! Do you know if the current owner has had it long? Find out if he was any maintenance records.
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The price sounds good and it looks like it's in great shape! Do you know if the current owner has had it long? Find out if he was any maintenance records.
I do not know. I'll have to call and ask about it.
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I'd snag that
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Whoops I just realized I posted this in the wrong section. Can an admin please delete? I'll put this in the right spot
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A mod or admin can just move the thread
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Or can they merge posts? I have one in the general section now
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