I am thinking of purchasing a single-owner 2000 ranger XLT 4x4 with off-road suspension package, with 175k miles on the engine, and a nearly new transmission that's under warranty until 225k miles. The price is $4000. It's been well cared for, and though I haven't test-driven it yet (I plan to soon), it looks really good on paper.
What kind of problems might I be getting myself into down the road? Is it naive to think that I can make it last at least another 5 years, get it up to at least 250k miles? I expect to spend some money on upkeep, but will it last if I take good care of it? Or is it likely to be a worthless money drain?
I'll be using it for infrequent long distance travel. It may sit for weeks at a time, and then be driven hundreds of miles in a few days, sometimes off road. My daily driver is a mountain bike or my feet.
Any advice from more experiences drivers would be much appreciated. I haven't owned a vehicle of any sort in over six years...
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