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Old 08-20-2015
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Greetings--2002 Diesel XLT here

Hello-
I recently purchased a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2.8 Liter turbo diesel in Costa Rica. It really does have 22k original miles.
Lots to learn about this truck, and a lot of things to fix, mainly electrical it seemed, but on its first 200 km mountain drive the head water gasket gave at the back of the engine.

I can really use some advice on all aspects of this truck and hope I have come to the right place!

Thanks for any help I may receive (-:
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dude post some pics!
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Lol.. had to figure out the upload. There are some basic pics in my first album now. I am sourcing parts now, such as window motors, 4WD servo, window switches.

Hoping to learn which US version years may have compatible parts
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Engine parts.. no US version is going to have compatible parts. Small chance you could try a ford dealership and see if they can help you.

Your front end body parts look similar to US versions, but the bed and the 4 doors is not something that was offered here.

Awesome truck you found though.. powerstroke diesel in a ranger.. too cool.
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Hello RLong--
thanks for your feedback. I am fairly competent mechanically, but I have no experience with Rangers, and diesels in particular. It does seem to be a heck of a truck, with 22k original, so I want to really clan her up and get everything in order. I will also be doing a lot of mountain driving, and most of it is way off the grid, so I need her to be really dependable, and I want to carry critical spare parts

You mentioned no compatibility with US parts. Two questions:

1. Aside from internal mechanical parts, do you think that the engine design would allow crossover of parts like radiator hoses, air filters, A/C compressor, alternator, and other external components?

2. Do you know if there is a site to buy South American Ford parts-- other than a Ford dealer. I have found equivalent parts to always be dramatically lower in cost when I can find them.

One other question: As a Ranger owner, what would you feel to be "urgent care" spare parts to carry? Is there anything that tends to have issues often?

Thanks again-
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