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Old 04-28-2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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I use to always have a small pickup. use to drop the trailer off at job site and use my 2001 ranger to drive back and forth with. save alot on gas. i sold it 2 years ago and i have missed it alot since then

so I am going to buy another small pickup. gonna get something 2wd. just something cheap around 3k or so. that way i can pay cash.

i had a great experience with the ranger, just wondering if i should stick with them or go with s10, toyota, nissan etc.

any thoughts???
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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I use to always have a small pickup. use to drop the trailer off at job site and use my 2001 ranger to drive back and forth with. save alot on gas. i sold it 2 years ago and i have missed it alot since then

so I am going to buy another small pickup. gonna get something 2wd. just something cheap around 3k or so. that way i can pay cash.

i had a great experience with the ranger, just wondering if i should stick with them or go with s10, toyota, nissan etc.

any thoughts???
I would buy the Ford as the other manufacturers got baAilout money or suffered too many recalls. Honda doesn't make a small pickup, to my knowledge. Nissan hasn't been the same since they changed from Datsun.

The Mazda is just a Ford ranger under their badge.

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Just sold this one this one a few months ago. I think I'm going to miss it, even thought it was a little weak for pulling. It would be weak for pulling much weight with just a 4 banger.
Date is wrong on the pic. Seems I have to check the date evrytime I use the camera.

Btw That is the new Home Builders Association building just up the street from the house.

I got very good service out of this little truck all the years I had it. I just wanted something a little bigger and stronger. I may have made a mistake.
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Ford is decent, Toyota is probably the best but IMO if you are looking for a used, cheap to drive and repair yet reliable truck i would say the Dodge Dakota. I drove a 93 Dakota with the 3.9 5spd 2X4 extra cab for yrs and when i sold it the truck had 264k on it and still ran like a swiss watch. The A/C still worked and empty the truck would get 19-21mpg. I had an aluminum cap on it with a ladder rack and that truck had no problem carrying 2k in the bed.
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I have never had a small truck but I do see a ton of the little yotas on the road and the owners all seemed really happy before all the recalls....
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I drove that '97 Mazda for about 10 or 11 years, I guess, for about $5000 when you subtract what I sold it for. I did put new brakes rotors on the front and a slave cylinder for the clutch, tune ups, oil and gas. Bty, it does have Ford on the winshield.
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I'm a big fan of the Tacoma. I had a '94 that I rode for 351,000 with only a $600 transmission overhaul. It finally blew a head gasket and I sold it for $400. Now I have a 2009 that's a over 1 year old and have had no problems. As for the big Toyota recalls: they sent me a warning about the floor mats sliding under the pedals, but other than that, the Tacoma has not been part of them.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:28 PM   #10
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Find a toyota for that price.

Fairly easy to fix and keep on the road and the accelerator pedal's only started sticking after american's started building them.
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rangers are good ive beat the piss outta them and abused more than one
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http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/news/subaru_go.html


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GENE!

You been on vacation again or what buddy?

Haven't seen you around in a while.
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rangers are good ive beat the piss outta them and abused more than one

I also believe maintenance costs are cheaper on a Ranger. That version has been out so long now, most of the parts will span quite a few years.
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GENE!

You been on vacation again or what buddy?

Haven't seen you around in a while.

Yea buddy camping for a few weeks, then back a pushing out the work, good to see you and the gang, G
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Find a toyota for that price.

Fairly easy to fix and keep on the road and the accelerator pedal's only started sticking after american's started building them.

My 81' pedal would always stick in winter.

( I guess it wasn't a pedal, the little metal stick on the right)
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for 3k I'd recommend a ranger.

A 3k toyota will be OLD and have a BILLION miles.
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I have a 2003 S-10 crew cab 4x4. Use it to pull 14' haulmark trailer, loaded with tools.
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for 3k I'd recommend a ranger.

A 3k toyota will be OLD and have a BILLION miles.

I agree. At that price just look for the best deal for mileage/condition forget about the brand.
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There's a guy near me that has an old toyota that he's been driving forever. A couple of years back, he got tired of driving it, so he decided to kill it. He drained the oil out, and started driving. He got to logan (about 25 miles away), and the truck was still running fine, so he turned around and declared that if it made it back, he would keep it. When he got back, he poured the oil back in, and he's still driving it today.
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The Rangers are excellent as well. A guy I work with has had two, and they have converted him from a die hard bowtie fan to a die hard Ford guy. He got the first one since he was low on money, needed a truck, and here was one for $200. despite having over 200k on the odometer, it seemed to run way better than all his old trucks that never reached that mark. When he had a little more money, he decided that he could really use a 4x4, so he sold his ranger for the same amount as he bought it for, and bought the same exact truck in 4x4. Both trucks have the 2.9L, and both were extremely reliable. People that have worked with him and know the truck's history were genuinely shocked when they heard that it broke down. (it was some simple electrical thing, and he was back on the interstate 5 min later.) pretty impressive for a 20 year old truck with better than 300k on the odometer, a good percentage of which was off road.

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