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Old 04-29-2014, 20:18   #1 (permalink)
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High mileage purchase??

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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If taken care of 200k plus is common these days. 250k isn't unreasonable. As far as problems depends on what engine it has and what kind of rebuilt Trans it has. If everything checks out and your comfortable with the price I'm would be afraid because of miles.


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