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From: Raleigh, NC
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 01-09-2004 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for a spare truck, I found a 95 ranger with 4.0 v6, 5-speed, 4 wheel drive, it has 115,000 miles on it, what ever I get needs to last at least a year w/o major problems. Does anyone know about how long these trucks normally last? or what to look for when shoping?

Triple Black 93 GT Conv.

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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 01-09-2004 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to drive one for work. A 95 or 96 with a 4 banger/5speed. It had 180K+ miles on it and was a company truck, so probably not babied before I drove it.

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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 01-10-2004 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I gave my 94 ranger 2.3 to my son and it has 180 K now still runs good .

Things wear out did clutch at 150K
did timing belt and water pump at 160K


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posted 01-11-2004 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just look for signs of maintanience,like clean oil and filters,plugs,etc. That is a good starting point for judging condition.

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From: Austin, TX.
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posted 01-15-2004 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They hold up well. I think the 2.3 last longer than the 4.0, but it was a Diesel block to begin with. The resale sucks on they, but they don't die easily. My wifes 96 2.3 has 150K and my 89 BII(almost the same truck) has 183K.

Dustin C
"The Mopar Guy!"
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Mech. for wifes 69 Mustang coupe
65 Plymouth Barracuda
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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
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posted 01-16-2004 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My '94 has a 2.3L with the 5-speed. I bought it at 110K miles. Although it now has three sides with dents, it still has it's OE clutch and is pushing on 217K miles.... I'm expecting to get at least 260K out of it before the fat lady sings...


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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 01-18-2004 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 87 had 340,000 km (that's over 200,000 miles) before the 2.0L died while my brother owned it, the tranny and rear end were a bit loose too. I still managed to sell the whole driveline for $200 to make most of the $300 purchase price back.

I stuck a 5.0L , T5 and 8.8 in it and it's now over 375,000 km and still got it's original springs and front shocks, i changed the brake pads and rotors which were too thin to turn but the calipers and hoses are originals as is the master cylinder.

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