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Old 03-23-2011
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Good to find a site like this!

Hello,

I'm currently NOT a Ranger owner, but that may soon change. I'm a huge fan of the 90s rangers. Not only are they just good looking, simple trucks, but at work we've been using them for delivery trucks and those things can take a hard beating without flinching. The only thing on these trucks we've had break is the tires. One of them is over 270k, and only been in the shop once, for the A/C and brake job.

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Anyways, working on selling the Escort I inherited through the wife after the wedding, using that money for a '93 ranger. I know it's a V6 automatic, (I'd prefer a manual, but I could live with that) but the owner doesn't know which V6 is in the truck. I'm thinking it's the 4.0 cuz I found a very outdated classified ad from about a year ago that looks exactly like it. Transmission was recently replaced, so I know it still has some life in it. Current owner says he's had it for just about 9 months, got it in a hurry, but doesn't want it anymore. There is something wrong with the front end, and he just wants to sell it off to someone who is willing to deal with it. 4wd doesn't work, and he says that from what he was told, whatever the problem is, means that it won't be able to stay on the road long without getting it fixed.

Also, the odometer was unhooked before it came to him, so he has no idea how many miles are on it. He hasn't had it running much latley so the battery is iffy.

Now, this thing has several neat or newly replaced things on it. Lift kit, bigger tires, custom exhaust and trailer hitch, new brakes, and several other things I've already forgotten since talking to him a few hours ago. He's offering it for $2500, obo.

Ultimately, it hinges on knowing just how big an endeavor fixing this thing up will be. I want to do it, my wife is understandably apprehensive.

Been looking around at prices on the manual locking hubs and the peripherals needed if it goes that far, but haven't a clue what sort of labor would also go into that. If it can be done reasonably enough within the cash made selling the Escort.

I'm looking for every excuse to do this. After all, we are gonna be moving within the month, and I am really wanting an excuse to buy a truck that will help with the move, right?
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WELCOME TO RF i say go for it. 2500 sounds a little steep id ask 2000. But with moving and all i got mine when i had to move and it took a few trips over weighed it a few times. and yes they do take a beating
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He did say OBO, and he's a pretty reasonable guy. I have met him before now, older college student, works at a video game store, married. Down to earth. Of the people he's heard from, I'm the only person that seemed to maintain interest after hearing about the differential.
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welcome! go pick the truck up but i would try and get the price as low as you can knowing there is lots of work involved
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welcome. if you get it, get some pics up.
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I'll be giving him a call today and try to set up a time to go look at the truck. He didn't say over the phone who told him what was wrong with the front, and from what I'm finding, the hubs messing up on these has lead a lot of people to think much worse problems were going on than just needing the hubs replaced.If that's the case, it'll save a lot of time and money. Once we officially have the new apartment, I'll have a concrete work area I can jack the truck up with and change them out myself.
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Welcome to R-F!

It sounds like it's going to take a lot of money and time to get this truck up to par again, so I wouldn't offer him over 1500. It also sounds like he wants to sell the truck pretty bad too.

Good Luck!
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Well, met up and checked out the truck. Didn't get to actually drive it or hear it running, but the trucks in decent shape for it's age. He is about to move to continue his career, and can't drag it along, keeping it maintained while going through all of his training and classes on the west coast. He dropped the price to $1800, and he's gonna get it running (winter killed the battery) this week and call me over for a test drive.

Further discussion about the differential tells me there's a good chance it's the hubs. The walmart TLE boys told him they thought the noises were sawdust in his differential, but 2 separate shops in town checked it out and said they didn't know what the kids were talking about. One of the shops pulled the cables that activate 4wd to prevent it accidentally being turning on and causing problems.
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Welcome! If he is moving and needs to sell it bad enough I would offer $1,200 because 4wd parts & differential repairs can be costly.
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