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Should I buy this 2002 Ford Ranger?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by SparklingWalter, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. SparklingWalter

    SparklingWalter Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I know someone who's selling a 2002 Ford Ranger Edge V6 4WD, A/T, regular cab, 183k miles. It's been very well taken care of, has one tiny bit of rust on the bottom of the passenger side door, never been used for plowing. $3000.

    I would plan on getting a plow for it to do my own driveway and try to get a few clients for some side income.

    The price seems excellent given its condition and some research I've done online, but I'm worried about that 183k miles. Regardless of how well taken care of it is, is a Ford Ranger with that kind of mileage bound to be a reliability nightmare? Does it seem like a good choice?
  2. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 537

    Check all the brake lines. If they have not been replaced. They sure will need to be in the near future. RUST!
  3. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    183 wouldn't bother me. I had well over 220 on mine when I sold it. That was a 4.0 though
  4. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    I really want to get a ranger and put a plow on it for driveways, that would be a awesome set up. I'm just holding off for now considering I can make do with out it for now, but I would go for it if the truck runs good.
  5. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 537

    Pull the trigger!
  6. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Rangers are cake to work on. I prefer the pre-98's with the D35 TTB front vs the torsion setup.
    2.3/2.5 Lima or Duratecs were nice motors (hard to find in 4wd), and the 4.0/2.8 was a nice motor. The 3.0 was a dog, power of the 2.3, mileage of the 4.0.

    Under 200k isn't bad on an auto 4.0. You may need to some transmission work in the future, but they aren't that advanced.
  7. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Just take $3000 and flush it down the toilet. Come on, a Ford Ranger with 183,000! No way, it's just a waste of money. And then you're gonna spend more on a plow for it?? I just don't get what's going through some guys heads on this site.
  8. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    a lot of people feel the same way when someone says they are thinking of buying a chevy.
  9. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    Check the rear frame. They rust out . Also the spring hangers. My friend has repaired quite a few of them. Almost every one that comes into the shop has a bad frame in the rear.
  10. skostur79

    skostur79 Member
    from ne ohio
    Messages: 67

    had one come in today

    14 sierra 1500 ext long bed with plow powered by a v6,

    if you going to spend that much why even bother
  11. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    :drinkup: Heck, all makes have their problems, I've had an S10 pickup, and 2 S10 Blazers. They under build those little trucks like crazy! Constant repairs and I never even came close to 183,000 miles. The two Blazers were bought new so I at least had a warranty, but like always, the repairs start after the warranty runs out. The OP's money could be much better spent IMO.