I am interested in buying my first truck primarily to tow a 1979 Lund fishing boat I have recently purchased. I was born and raised a ford man and the Ranger seems like the perfect truck to haul this 14ft boat around to the area lakes in central Minnesota. Anyway, I was wondering if I could get any feedback from you Ranger Junkies out their before I begin my search for my Ranger. I want to buy a 4.0L 4x4 extended cab from 1998-2001. I just wanted some imput as to any major problems with these years when it comes to the motor, tranny (manual or automatic), or 4wd. If you would be kind enough to fill me in with anything you know I would greatly appreciate it. Please be as specific as possible and thanks again for any help.