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Looking for a truck

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  1. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Anyone here familiar with trucks? I am thinking about getting a small pickup but not sure which one is best. I would like a ranger after 95/96. Anyone know what the best engine is for rangers? I want something reliable and good on gas. A S10 would be okay but I'd rather stick with something ford
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    I had a '98 Ranger with the 3.0L V-6 and it gave me great service until the throw-out bearing and clutch started to go at 175K. I towed a 14' aluminum boat with it and made a million trips with a 4x8 utility trailer when I moved from Mass to Maine...acceleration while towing was a little lacking, it used to slow down to 55 going uphill depending on what I was pulling

    Traded it in in 2008 for a brand new F250 with a plow. I got sick of paying to get my driveway plowed. One thing about bigger trucks - parts are expensive. A recent brake job on all 4 wheels cost close to $1600 and more than half of that was parts.
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I really like the older 80's-90's Japanese trucks(prefer Nissan): Nissan 720, Nissan D21 Hardbody, Toyota Tacoma, T100. Otherwise, an F250 or F350 with a 7.3L PS or newer 6.7L PS.
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    How was that brake job so expensive?
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    dual piston calipers fronts - $71 each
    dual piston calipers rears - $115 each
    2 front rotors - $81 each
    2 rear rotors - $121 each
    front pads - $70
    rear pads - $65

    I was on my way to GA from Maine and the right front caliper got stuck and overheated around Harrisburg, PA...I managed to free it up and got to my stepson's house about an hour east of Atlanta where we did the front brake repair...one of the pistons from the passenger side caliper had a big chunk missing and one of the pistons on the drivers side had cracked and fell apart when we took the caliper off...the rear brakes started doing the same thing while I was tending to business in Atlanta and I had a local Ford dealer do the repairs...I was sort of in a bind and didn't have time to shop around for better prices or do the repair myself...total Ford bill for the rears was $1200 and total parts bill for the fronts was $400
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    wow that is expensive!
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    My dad's on his second 4.6l v6 S10 5spd, both made early 2000s. They're really reliable to be honest.
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    I've had 4 Rangers, all brand new, and all 4x2:

    '91 Supercab XLT 3.0 / auto. Most mileage I've ever gotten out of a vehicle: 396K on the original engine, never opened up. I did have to rebuild the tranny every 100K though. Therefore all the rest were manual trannies lol.

    '92 Reg cab XLT 2.3 / stick

    '03 Reg cab XLT 3.0 / stick

    '07 Reg cab XLT 2.3 / stick

    I regularly got 30 mpg on the highway with the 4 cyl ones.

    The 2.3 is plenty strong enough unless you're towing / hauling a lot. My friend ordered a 3.0L 2007 because he wanted "more power" and he couldn't tell the difference in power between my 4 cyl '07 and his.

    You can't go wrong with a Ranger, the basic architecture is decades old and they worked the bugs out a loooooong time ago. Similar to an Econoline or a Crown Vic. They built billions of them and the parts are dirt cheap.

    .....OR.....

    If you want an S-10, I'm sure dchawk81 will be getting tired of his sometime soon LOL! :wacky:;):laugh:
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  9. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Small pickups (even the S10s and Rangers, long out of production) hold their values really well. Stick with the 4.3 V6 if you get an S10, the 4 bangers aren't as reliable. There are many Ranger guys here; I'm sure they can tell you anything you need to know. Just don't get a Dodge (ha).
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    how about this - 3 ball joints, a tie rod end and an axle shaft seal - $947 in parts and $680 in labor...when they say plowing is tough on a truck, believe it!
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    I would look at a Toyota Tacoma or a Ranger if it were me. I've driven both(borrowed a co-worker's "Taco" and test drove a Mazda B4000). In my opinion they're pretty solid trucks. I'd lean towards the Ranger because honestly, while the Tacoma is a nice truck, it's stupid expensive on the used market.
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    In the mid-size range, Ram trucks are very powerful, like Ram 1500 I have used that truck and that has a powerful engine, I am currently using Ram 5500 truck for <no one>If you are considering more powerful than Ram 5500 and Ram 6500 are best.


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    I've got two 1989 Mazda B2200 trucks. Ford and Mazda were in cahoots back then so there is some similarity in the vehicles (for instance the brake and clutch pedal covers are the same) as well as a severe lack of power that Escort fans are used to.

    The original carburetors on those trucks are very complicated and after thirty years are getting a bit out of sorts. One I have switched to a Weber carb, but it's probably better to just get a later B2200 with fuel injection.
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    I too was thinking about getting a truck a few months back but instead ended up buying another car. When I was looking I wasn't too concerned about brand, my main goal was to try to find a decent truck at a good price that didn't already have 200-250K miles on it. I guess if I'd been able to find and buy my preference it would probably have been a Ford but I wasn't going to pay extra for a Ford over a Dodge or Chevy. My son has an '02 Dodge Dakota with over 200K miles. I've borrowed it a couple times when I needed a truck and like the way it drives and handles. To my knowledge in the few years he's owned it he's had very few problems with it.
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    Another option is to get a small trailer and hitch installed on the Escort. Much cheaper than buying and insuring another vehicle.

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