In Time to change /upgrade/ replace a 1990 Ranger? on Fri, 04 Nov
2005 21:18:58 GMT, by pyotr filipivich, we read:
>Greetings and Salutations
>I have a 1990 Ford Ranger: a basic, stock, un special truck with a shell on
>it and two major dents (They're not obvious, but someone before me took a
>hit.) It's got 200,000 miles on it, needs tires, brakes, probably rotors,
>and I don't know what all might show up in a close inspection. There are
>some rattles in the engine, which could just be it needs "purging", but it
>uses oil. Doesn't burn it, just does something with it (Sends it
> I'd like a more recent model of the same basic truck. As I say "Manual
>tranny, four cylinder, extended cab (for the ever important space to stuff
>'stuff'), 4x2, not red, not black, nor 'road spray grey'." I realize that
>buying second hand limits my options, but ...
> But, what is the consensus? Keep and save for a replacement, or
>replace it now?
> Oh yeah, I had to replace the radio; I put in an AM/FM CD player with
>MP3 capacity, so it is not a bad truck to drive.
The Ranger is not as strong a truck as the F150 series
or the Chevy 1500, which you might consider. All parts
for these trucks from the 1970s forward are being
remanufactured. The older full size trucks in VGC also
hold their value.
Check equipment catalogs for options and after market
And ideal used truck is...
- locally owned
- 1 owner
- at least 4 years old
- well maintained
- no rust
I like a V-8, 4 WD, manual shift with medium
ratio gearing. Properly tuned and driven you can
get 20+ mpg on the road and it should last for 300,000 miles.
The key to solving the transportation problem is
flexibility and relationships.
Avoid dealers and look for a private sale.
Keep about $8,000 cash on hand and be open to
buy outright or trade. I'd look for something between
1985 and 1995. A VGC mid to late 1980s F150 or 1500 can
be had for $4000 - $5000.
An easy way to find a truck is to know a mechanic
who is into the type you want. His job and personal
interest will attract buyers and sellers. Offer an
finder's fee. Let him do inspections and repairs on
your truck. Once he feels you're "in the loop" he'll
look out for you.
Find a good one, purchase it and try it out. By following
the guidelines, if you come across something more desirable,
just put yours back on the market.
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