Re: Ford Ranger/Mazda truck question
Is the dealership in the same area where Katrina hit
It could be a flood unit, make sure the title is not branded that way. Find
out thru carfax is there are any problems as well
"Joe S." <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Anyone here have any experience with the Mazda trucks that are the same as
> the Ford Ranger?
> My daughter has a 1999 Ranger 4X4 and is quite pleased with it. My 89
> Nissan truck was destroyed in Katrina (along with everything else we
> owned) and I am now looking at used trucks to replace it. I have been
> looking for a V6 4X4 Ranger around $10,000.00.
> I have found a 2003 Mazda B2004 (I think that's the model number). It is
> exactly like the Ranger -- 4.0L V6 SOHC, 4X4, extended cab with suicide
> doors, automatic. This truck has 86,000 miles, which is a bit high for a
> 4-year-old truck.
> I drove it around the block in 2WD, 4W-HI and 4W-LO and detected no drive
> line noise other than the normal 4WD noise. Engine sounds good -- valve
> train is quiet and engine is strong. Detected no evidence of burning oil,
> no evidence of leaks in transmission, transfer case, or rear end. Took my
> hands off the wheel and slammed on the brakes at 60MPH -- it stopped in a
> straight line; took my hands off the wheel on the interstate at 70 MPH,
> went straight ahead, no pulling to either side.
> Truck is very clean, no dents, scratches, or rust -- appears to have been
> garaged. I ran the A/C and the heater -- no cigarette odor and the
> ashtray is clean. Cloth upholstery has no wear, spots, or stains.
> There is a "squeak-squeak-squeak" from the area of the fan or the top
> idler pulley -- I suspect it's a belt pulley that needs lube or that is
> about to go -- noise is not from the water pump, alternator, PS pump, or
> AC compressor.
> What am I missing?