I hear this is a petty reliable American Made truck when it's kept in good shape. So I bought this faded red truck for a few hundred bucks. The engine was toast. The suspension needed work. So far, I'm in the middle of the project. The old engine has been taken out and a new engine is in, with all new components under the hood. The next step was to prep the body and get it ready to paint so it'l look good with those new 17 inch wheels and tires that I've had waiting. So the bed was removed, and therein was the proverbial can of worms: The frame was rusty and muddy. The fuel tank strap was almost completely rusted off; the fuel filler hose that is between the body and the gas tank had a slit in it right where it was attached to the tank; the rear leaf spring hangers were cracked and rotted, and so were the shock bushings. I intended to replace almost everything, from springs, to shocks, to brakes, wire wheel the frame, prime and paint it. Only then can the body and bed be prepped and painted. The seats, interior carpet, detailed cab cleaning will come next and then a decent stereo system. If you are able to do this yourself, the cost would be about $3500.00. If the transmission is questionable, then cost could rise by another $1500.00. You could reduce a huge chunk off that cost if you decide to stick with original wheel size and cheaper tires.
this little truck looks like it has been in a time capsule its perfect and for 2550.00 a steel. what a shame ford make such inferior products these days. this truck does'nt even have door dings. cannot wait for it to snow every single thing works on it and i am stolked (at 52 yrs old thats sayin something)
1993 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Regular Cab 4WD Stepside SB
I purchased this vehicle as my 1st the summer of last year. The truck itself is truly one of a kind (rare with 4x4, automatic, flare-side & 3.0) and I was really amazed when it popped up at a dealer a mile from home. Initially there were a host of issues but Ford's engineering made the problems easy to fix. The previous owner had installed the rear shoes out of order causing the truck to not have rear brakes or emergency brakes. This also warped the front brakes in the process. Because of these issues I was able to haggle the truck down to 3200$. The brake job cost me 80$ for everything via rockauto and a tune up was another 80$ too. Truck has 220k miles, on org. Eng&trans w/10k on tune/brak
A few of my favorite features include the overall outstanding reliability. The previous owners obviously neglected my ranger in certain aspects causing inevitable issues. After a full fluid flush (differentials, motor oil, tranny,transfer,radiator & brake bleed) along with tune-up (all filters,ignition & throttle body cleaning) the truck gets about 22mpg average with synthetics & motorcraft replacement parts. This truck is used quiet often at my job (church camp) to haul 2-3k loads of garbage through mud. Does a great job when dropped into 4wd low! Interior is very rugged and roomy enough for me although I am 6' 2".
Stock stereo speakers stink, replaced them with pioneers in doors & kickers in the back & can shake all my mirrors with stock head-unit. Splash mirrors look pathetic IMHO. The installation of 07+ mirrors drastically improve the appearance. I'm going to lift & install a 5.0 in it when I reach my $ goal. Why ford never had an option for the 5.0 in the ranger is beyond me. The 3.0 is gutless yet bullet proof. "It's a v6 with the gas milage of a v8 & the power on a i4." Lol but other than that perfect truck. Ford needs to reintroduce a truly affordable, efficient, small (108" wb) truck back into America. Not everybody wants the larger "better" f150.
1993 Ford Ranger Splash 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB
My Ranger was given to me when I got my license back in 2009 from my grandpa. It only had 211,XXX miles on it. Well now it has 286,675 and still going strong. Have never had a problem, gets me from point A all the way to point Z even. Couldn't have asked for a better first vehicle. The truck may not be the prettiest thing on the road but who cares, its very dependable and gets fairly good gas mileage. Can't really complain with 18-20 around town and 22-26 on the highway. The only serious thing that needed to be replaced was the battery cable which was a cheap and easy fix.