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#12 of 21 4cyl Mazda
May 18, 2003 (6:50 am)
My needs were the same as the first post. Light hauling, towing and good gas mileage. I test drove the Ranger regular cab and liked the truck but felt cramped. I found that Mazda had the same engine/drivetrain but with an extra cab. More comfortable with extra dry storage and small jump seats (for kids or short commutes) offering 5 passenger seating. At the time I bought, it was offered with a $3500 rebate plus the standard warranty is 4yr 50k miles. With 1 month on it I'm averaging 25 mpg in town. In postings on other sites I'm told it's possible to get up to 34 mpg on flat hwy. The only down side I've seen so far is availability of aftermarket upgrades. There are a few differences from the Ranger. Great truck, I'd buy it again.
#13 of 21 Thanks!
May 24, 2003 (10:17 pm)
Thanks for all the opinions guys!
#14 of 21 wound up with the 6 cyl
May 27, 2003 (10:13 am)
just bought a '98 3.0 reg. cab long bed. It was too good a deal to pass up. 62k mile strippy that needed a rear tailgate and front bumper....$3,000
My first tank of gas registerred 20mpg, which is a pleasant surprise. for this price, I love the truck.
May 29, 2003 (4:36 pm)
thanks for all the opinions/help everyone!
#16 of 21 A/C on Ford Ranger
Jul 11, 2003 (12:24 am)
I just bought my Ford Ranger compact without air conditioning. But when I called service and parts of Ford dealerships around my area, they told me it will cost me around $1700 to have it installed. And most Ford dealers here don't install the A/Cs. There are outside vendors who will do the installations.
My question is, how come it will cost more to install it ($1700+) after you buy the truck than buying a truck with A/C option ($620)?
Someone help, I know I got my Ranger cheap without it, but it's hot here in California?
Jul 11, 2003 (12:29 am)
Numerous things need to be retrofitted to make it possible, whereas while manufacturing the vehicle, those items are left out because they are simply not needed. Thats where aftermarket companies make bulk of their profits, they know it's something needed, and you already have the vehicle, so they have you over a barrel. Best thing is ordering a vehicle with the options you need, FROM the get-go.
Jul 11, 2003 (9:16 am)
You have the guage and instruments under the dash, the condensor infront of the radiator, the compressor that runs off the crank, lines that go into the dash, blower motors, freon, etc. 1700 probably also includes the labor to install.
#19 of 21 A/C on Ford Ranger
Jul 11, 2003 (9:47 am)
Will it cost me less to install A/C after a year? I run a check of one vendor and they told me they don't have the parts available in another year and they may come cheaper. This is just one vendor and there's not a whole lot of them here. I called hours on end and there's perhaps one or two that do them for Ford. (I'm shopping for less).
#20 of 21 89 Ranger w/ 4 cyl
Aug 25, 2003 (11:18 am)
i just bought it from the original owner. on 52xxx miles on it. anyone know:
at what milage the timing belt should be changed?
belt or chain?
is this an opposed engine: eg. if the belt breaks does it do damamge or not?
this truck is totally cherry. i couldn't pass it up. like new.