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Hi there guys, I'm new here because right now there are two ford rangers for sale on my block and I'm going to buy one of them, just not sure which one yet and I'm hoping some of you might be able to help me deicde which way to go

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That's a pretty general question...

Girdwood is in Alaska ???
So look for serious rust on the spring shackles and frame.
The 3 litre engine is the simplest and most reliable, but many say it's slow _ but I don't agree with that.

What size of engines are in the trucks and what years are they ?
 
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Seeing you gave such great detailed descriptions on the 2 Rangers, I'd buy the other one.
 
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Let's try that again

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Seeing you gave such great detailed descriptions on the 2 Rangers, I'd buy the other one.
Bahaha, yeah I was looking up all the configuration options of the motor/drivetrain as I typed that post and realized that I really didn't have enough info to get good advice as I typed that.

Thanks for responding anyway! Here's all the info I have about the two cars. I've called the numbers listed for both the trucks, but it's the "off season" here in this little eccentric mountain town, so nobody has gotten back to me yet. Haven't been able to drive either one :/

Ranger 1: 1998, unknown engine, unknown mileage, RWD $1200.
This one is parked half a block from my house, has some body damage and smashed lights that have been repaired with red tape, undercarriage that's pretty rusty, and rear gas struts that look absolutely hammered.

Ranger 2: 1994 Extended Cab, 4x4, 150k Miles, "good running condition" $1100
I still haven't even been able to even see this one as the owner hasn't responded to me so I just have the little card from the cork board at the post office. Honestly after now having gone and laid underneath the RWD one, and realizing that it's not 4x4, this will be the one I buy if they ever get back to me. Mostly because Girdwood is a little rainforest ski town right by the ocean and it gets so insanely Icy here on the roads that I can't imagine not having 4x4, let alone only having rwd :(

Thanks for humoring and responding to my poorly crafted post, gents. I feel very welcome.

I should have asked, "In the 90's generations of Rangers, what would be your ideal configuration?" I know I'll want 4x4, and the 2.3l or 2.5l engines are tempting just for being non-interference and maybe more fuel efficient. Are the Automatic transmissions in those early generations reliable? I'm partial to an MT myself, is the extended cab with the back seats worth it? or would you rather more bed space? etc.

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I don't think the 4x4 will have any 4 cylinder in it, it will be the 3 litre V6 or the 4 litre.
The 4 litre came in two flavours.

The 3 litre had problems of the front timing cover leaking coolant if it wasn't changed.
Old coolant would allow corrosion on the aluminum cover where the gasket mates.
Oil pans leaked too and required the engine be lifted off it's mounts (at least) to replace.
New pan gaskets were made to stop the oil leak.

No automatic trans was any better or worse compared to anything else, if they were abused, then rebuilding them was necessary sooner.
The oil on the dip stick will say it all, if it's black and burned, then walk away.

Only you can answer if you want an extended cab or not.
I have an extended cab because I need the extra space behind the seats, works well in a pinch for hauling other people around.
If you are hauling stuff and need a bigger box, then go for that.
I believe the 94 is NOT a four door, so there may be that to consider.
My 99 is a 4 door, so it makes it really easy for passengers to get in and out.
So much easier to get heavy things in and out too.

There was also a timing chain guide problem on the 4 liter as well, but that was well after the 94.
I can't remember which one, but one of the 4 liters would not tolerate any over heating.
The valves are very close together and the casting is vey thin in that area, so prone to cracks.(if it was over heated)


https://www.therangerstation.com/tec...4_0_Page.shtml
 
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Thanks for the response, that's great to have a few things to look for when I'm taking the truck for a test drive.

I also just stumbled across this buyers guide and it's been very helpful as well.

https://www.therangerstation.com/for...de/index.shtml
 
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