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Old 11-20-2012
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Hello from new member in MI

Hello to all. I look forward to learning from this community.

I used to own a 2wd 2000 Ranger supercab XLT stepside with a stick and 3.0. I sold it and bought a small Honda for fuel efficiency but I really miss that truck! I'm on the prowl now for a Ranger with the hope of garaging my little Honda over winter.

Here's a pick of her near the 1/3 acre garden I grew during my last year of grad school:


I'm hoping to grab an OHV 4.0 stick with a standard bed. 4X4 and extended cab would be a bonus but I will probably just focus on the engine and the transmission. I might settle for a 3.0 if the truck is nice enough though.
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Old 11-20-2012
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Welcome to RF!

Got any more pictures of the truck in the picture above?
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Old 11-21-2012
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Old 11-21-2012
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welcome! you looking for another 2wd? or are you gonna try 4wd this time?
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Old 11-21-2012
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Old 11-21-2012
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Welcome and good to see a fellow Michigan guy
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Old 11-21-2012
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Where in the mitten ya from?
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Where in the mitten ya from?
You talking to me?? And did you move morris? I thought you were a canadian
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Old 11-23-2012
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No, the OP. The journey song says south Detroit. Look on a map, Windsor is south of Detroit.
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Old 11-24-2012
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welcome. good luck with your search!
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Old 11-25-2012
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Thanks for the welcome all.

So far my best find is a 99, 3.0L, 2WD, manual trans, extended cab with 99k orig miles for $2,400. The tires are bald and there is a bit of rust on the body. I also saw what appeared to be rust in the antifreeze reservoir. The engine was very strong for a 3.0 and didn't overheat during the test drive. I'm on the fence with this one because I really would like a 4.0 and the bald tires/rust in reservoir isn't sitting right at that price but that's pretty low mileage. Carfax was clear as well.

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Got any more pictures of the truck in the picture above?
Unfortunately I can't seem to locate any. It looked pretty similar to this though: 2000 Ford Ranger extended cab

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welcome! you looking for another 2wd? or are you gonna try 4wd this time?
I'm shooting for 4WD but they are hard to find in reasonable condition in my budget. I'm hoping to go drive one today though!

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Welcome and good to see a fellow Michigan guy
Same to you buddy! I moved to MI a couple weeks ago after spending 5 years in South Carolina. Feels good to be home!

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Where in the mitten ya from?
I am originally from Grand Rapids but living just north of Muskegon now near Lake Michigan.
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Old 11-25-2012
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Nice, you should come out to our annual SL trip in the. Summer. We have a couple members near you and there is anywhere from 6-12 people that show up.
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Old 11-25-2012
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Your not far from my Summer place.

Another member is from around there. Patrick. (04_ranger_4x4) or something.

Welcome man. I'd help you look if you were closer to the D.
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Old 11-26-2012
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Well I drove halfway across the state to look at a 4.0 "4x4" and it was a total POS

I ended up buying the 3.0 I described above. Dealer photos are attached.

New tires were installed today. Next up (no particular order):
1) New stereo (existing one lights up when headlights are on but will not power up)
2) Fix HVAC system (only runs at high speed, check/replace resistor)
3) New wipers
4) New radiator cap (coolant seems to be leaking from existing cap)
5) Brace forward radiator (lower brackets have rusted away, radiator is not secure)
6) Change fluids (coolant and oil) power steering? brake? differential?
7) Add Yakima roof/bed rack
8) Glue shift **** (**** is loose)
9) Add quickcrete bags to rear for winter weight
10) Hang spare tire under rear (buy new retainer assembly)
11) Spark plugs/wires (on the fence here as it seems to be running very strong and idels smooth)
12) Add OBDII based gauge for RPM and other data
13) Explore swapping in a limited slip dif axle (cost?)

Any suggestions on what else to do to this truck?

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Nice, you should come out to our annual SL trip in the. Summer. We have a couple members near you and there is anywhere from 6-12 people that show up.
Sounds like fun. Can you pull me out of the lake if needed?

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Your not far from my Summer place..
Nice... I love this area of the state! I'm right on White Lake and can almost see the "big lake."
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Old 11-27-2012
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Sure can! So can a few other members. Too bad that isn't 4wd. Lift it anyways!
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Old 11-27-2012
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I bombed around SL in 2wd unintentionally last year. you should be ok.

My place is in the other direction. Its about a 45 minute drive to get to the big lake.
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Old 11-27-2012
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that truck looks like its in great condition! nice buy. maybe do a new fuel filter/air filter for better mpg? they're pretty cheap mods
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Hahaha Conquer test in 2wd? Fml right Alex?
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