Though an excellent value used (high depreciation), there are better choices available. Truck was bought used with 60k mi, has 129k today. It is a good looking truck, with good utility for a compact. However, despite some improvements for the '98 model, the chassis/underpinnings date back to the '83 Ford Ranger. This is a very crude truck. It rides smooth only on fresh asphault. Otherwise, the truck shudders, flexes, jiggles and jolts on even the smallest bumps. The clutch grabs very late, but since the 3.0 150 hp V6 is weak, I wouldn't want the automatic. Handling is okay, but the steering and brakes are numb/totally lifeless. High dash makes this truck unfriendly for shorter folks.
Styling, frigid A/C, jump seats make the extended cab useable for one adult (unlike forward facing seats in Nissan & Toyota extended cabs), decent sized bed, 4 x 4 like ride height.
This old platform needs to be put out of its misery - time for a complete overhaul to compete with Toyota and Nissan. The B-series/Ranger had ridiculous amounts of chassis flex. B3000 is underpowered; the B4000 is much better without costing much more at the pump.
First pickup I've owned which I refer to as my toy truck. Fuel pump had to be replaced then techs twisted neck behind cap; unable to pump any gas in. It was 2 years before techs were able to diagnose electrical problem. Installed 2 new different batteries as truck would be dead if it sat for 2 days. Replacement of running light relay switch, ABS module plus the door switch. Still have electrical ghosts that haunt the truck. Sluggish for a 6 cylinder drives more like a 4 cylinder.
B3000 may be a toy truck but definitely rides like a 1/2 ton.
FIX the electrical problems that haunt the B Series trucks!
I bought this truck new in 98.Its the
extended can V-6. I found out very
early that i had to put premium grade
fuel in this truck, or it would knock
and ping terribly. Thats a bit of a
bummer, because i bought a smaller
truck to save $ on gas. I need to have
the fuel intake changed out $700.00,
and not covered in warranty.
Overall i cant be too disappointed in
this truck. The accelaration needs to
be improved. A 4 cyl. Toyota or Nissan
blows my doors off.
This truck after 90000 miles would rate
about an average from me.After about
50000 miles I had to get my steering
rack replaced,Which was covered by my
extended warranty.The dome light
switches in the doors would not turn
off,which I went back twice for repair.
And off and on I did have slight
problems with my clutch. Until now
which the entire assembly needs
replacement(not covered by my
warranty).So I can tell you that this
truck is not the same quality of the
same MFG. that I had bought in 1992.
get running engine
design better clutches
improve gas mileage
and design a better suspension