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#19 of 32 Considering Buying a '95 Ranger 4X4 - Need Advice!
Aug 28, 2007 (4:41 pm)
Hello everyone. After reading through some posts, it looks like I'm in the right place. I am considering buying a 1995 Ford Ranger XLT, but I am having some reservations because of a few problems it has. I was wondering if someone out there could look over the problems, and give me some sound advice as to whether I should buy this truck. Here's the situation:
1995 Ford Ranger XLT
4X4 Automatic Transmission
$3,750.00 asking price.
Interior looks like a new truck.
Exterior in good condition.
Engine clean and looks great.
I can tell it has been well-cared for.
All service records were kept and are available.
Overall, it's a nice looking truck that seems to be well cared for.
THE BAD (potentially)...
1. After driving for a long period of time (1-2 hours) in high outdoor temperatures (above 85), the owner says that the transmission slips when shifting from 2nd into 3rd. He says it doesn't do it in the winter, and not very often in the summer. The owner says it's been doing this for the last 60,000 miles, and that I shouldn't worry about it.
2. Once again, after driving for a long period of time (1-2 hours) in high outdoor temperatures (above 85), the owner says that when you come to a stop, like at a convenience store, that the truck will not idle at low speeds. It sputters and dies. Once the truck cools, everything is fine again. And once again, the owner says it's been doing this for the last 60,000 miles, and that I shouldn't worry about it.
3. When I took it for a test drive, I noticed a "clunk" in the back when coming to a complete stop, and then again when starting again. It kinda feels like there something in the bed that's rolling around.
Well, that's about it. I'm worried about buying the truck because of the problems listed above. What do you guys think. It's a good-looking truck at a fair price - just not sure what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
#20 of 32 Rear end traction
Jan 20, 2008 (2:41 pm)
I am considering purchase of used (2002 - 2006) Ford Ranger. Will be driven primarily by my teenagers. Anyone have any experience about how well the rear end sticks to the road? I know some pick-ups can easily fish-tail. We live in northern climate, so snowy roads are occasionally part of the picture.
#21 of 32 Re: Rear end traction [safedad]
Jan 20, 2008 (5:08 pm)
Most pickups have terrible front/rear weight ratios. And, with rear wheel drive, this is even more troublesome under slick road conditions.
The bed of a pickup can be loaded with weight (Bags of gravel, sand, etc from the local home store. I recommend at least 200 pounds.) which will help.
But I think the average teenager can easily slide a Ranger off the road, with any amount of weight, under any road conditions.
Ok, being a little less smart-a**, the worse vehicle I've ever driven was my father's 1966 Ford pickup. I got it stuck on almost level ground in wet, slick grass. When Dad was no longer able to drive, I took it. I put all-weather tires on it, not Mud/Snow knobbies, and loaded it in the winter with two rows of firewood across the rear tires in the bed. This took me to work for several years, sometimes in the worse freezing drizzle Oklahoma weather could throw at me. My drive was on mostly level ground, but light rain at about 30 degrees produces a road surface akin to a skating rink, and this old truck got me through it.
I traded up to a 94 Ranger with a fiberglass cap which weighed at least 100 pounds. I loaded the rear with about 150 pounds of gravel bags, and it also got me to work ok. I did stick it trying to make a turn onto a country driveway in about 8 inches of snow.
So, with weight in the bed, a pickup can be a somewhat reliable vehicle in snow, etc. Tires with good tread also make a big different.
The second worse car was a 1979 Chevy Malibu with V8 motor in front. I stuck in on almost level ground on packed snow in a parking lot. Third worse, was my 1972 Corvette. I drove it unknowingly out into freezing drizzle. It wasn't frozen when I started, but one mile away on a hill it was freezing. I almost lost it over a huge embankment before I got it turned around. That car, on a slick street, would crab sideways while in gear, stopped, idling. It might have actually been the worse than the Malibu, but most of its years, after getting married and having another car available, I made every effort to never drive it on slick roads.
You really don't know about vehicles until you try them in bad weather. A 84 Olds Tornado, a front wheel drive tank, would 'go' good, but when stopping, the rear disk brakes always locked up and would throw the back of the car into the adjoining lane of traffic.
#22 of 32 2006 Ford Ranger 4.0 llter Ext. Cab
Nov 01, 2008 (5:11 am)
#23 of 32 2006 Ford Ranger 4.0 llter Ext. Cab
Nov 01, 2008 (5:11 am)
I'm looking at a used 2006 4.0 liter 4x4 with 44k miles. I have always had Toyota trucks but I like the looks and ride of this Ranger. Any thoughts on this truck and the reliability of the 4.0 liter? Thx in advance.
#24 of 32 Would you replace 98 Ranger
Dec 11, 2008 (8:49 pm)
#25 of 32 Would you replace 98 Ranger
Dec 11, 2008 (8:49 pm)
I have a 98 ranger, bought new, 156k miles, has rusted off the frame hangers under the bed and been welded back. Right now, the muffler is rusted off, the 4x4 is dodgy at best (sometimes goes in, goes in/out, sometimes won't go in at all), has trouble starting in park (something to do with the gear shift, if I take it out/in a couple times, it usually eventually can start). This is a farm truck (as in routinely carries a lot of weight, muddy/dusty conditions, etc). I'm getting a new job where I'll have to travel and need a reliable vehicle. I took the truck to the dealership asking for estimate to get it spiffed back up and the guy said that he wouldn't put any money into it. He was real nice about it, but he said that "156k miles is a lot of miles for a ranger" He also said that if I haven't already done ball joints, then they will likely go soon.
I'm used to getting far more than this out of a vehicle. Yes, this truck has been used as a truck, but are Rangers really at death's door at 156k miles? The engine is strong and has no problems. Its just the body that's falling apart. The blue book on it (as a poor condition vehicle) is around $2k.
Would you put (likely) $2k into repairs or just look for a new vehicle? My biggest issue is that I need a reliable vehicle that will get me through snow, etc, etc. for work.
Oh, and MPG sucks on it 11MPG. So I am looking at some Hondas. But I'm still amazed that a Ford dealership would say the truck is on its last tires. I'm wondering if they weren't just trying to sell a car off the lot or something.
#26 of 32 Re: Rear end traction [safedad]
Jan 05, 2009 (11:22 am)
I built a frame out of 2x6 to create an area between the wheel wells -xtend the 2x6 a little past the narrowest point in front and back of the wheel wells - looks a little like #, but straighter. I fill this area with patio stones. They're flat so they don't hinder loading the box with other stuff, and the homemade frame keeps them centred right over the rear wheels. I've got about 250 lbs in there now and it makes a big improvement - of course replacing the all-season tires on the back with some good winter tires would make an even bigger difference
#27 of 32 Re: Ford Ranger expirience? [yetti8]
Jun 04, 2009 (10:07 pm)
I know a guy who's still running his ranger with over 412000 miles on it. He says he'll quit driving it one of these days, but it keeps going...
#28 of 32 Re: Ford Ranger expirience? [pktrrm]
Sep 02, 2009 (10:47 pm)
>>> I know a guy who's still running his ranger with over 412000 miles on it. He says he'll quit driving it one of these days, but it keeps going...
Why doesn't he call FORD company , to do an advertisement on that . If he said he does not know how to then sell the Ranger (with 412000) to me , so I will do it .
BTW what year is that Ranger ??????????