What do you know about Ford Ranger?

I have been wondering if a Ford Ranger <high mileage> would be good for pulling my 15' fishing boat. What engines come in these pickups - about a 2001 model- and do they have good durability and reasonable
maintenance costs?
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I would start by finding out what the towing capacity of the truck is. The towing capacity varies by the engine, transmission and drive type (2WD vs. 4WD).
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And what does your fishing boat weigh? Big difference between and aluminum skiff with a 10 HP outboad and a 15 ft bass boat with a 100HP
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The boat is an aluminum with 10 hp engine, but I pull it a couple hundred miles at highway speeds. I prefer a 3 sp trans because 4 speed tend to lug with trailer and 4 sp in 3rd gear tends to race the engine.
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You could pull something like that with just about anything. Are you talking about manual or automatic transmissions? I don't think you can find a three speed in either type anymore. I used to pull a 17'-6" 75 hp ski boat with my 92 explorer with no problems. The explorer is built on more or less the same underpinnings as the Ranger.
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Well..... 3rd gear in a 3 speed (wow - been a long time since a trans like that has been offered) is "direct.. a 1:1 ratio..... 3rd gear in a 4 speed (typically, this is a 3 speed plus overdrive) is <GASP> a 1:1 ratio....
FWIW, since mid to late 90s, the Ranger has been available with 4.0 engine....
My sons 97 handles his single axle holiday trailer quite easily.
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The boat is an aluminum with 10 hp engine, but I pull it a couple hundred miles at highway speeds. I prefer a 3 sp trans because 4 speed tend to lug with trailer and 4 sp in 3rd gear tends to race the engine.
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I owned two since they were new. 93 with a 4 cyl was still running like new when dufus son put it in the junkyard. 160,000 miles and it burned no oil and I don't think any gaskets leaked either. Doubt it had the power to pull a 15 foot boat but I don't know what that weighs.
2003 now has 90,000 trouble free miles. I pull a trailer with two motorcycles, I guess about 1200 lbs total. This one has an automatic and 3 liter V6.
I will buy another if this one ever wears out
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My old boss bought a 92 ranger 2WD with a 4.0 liter , automatic , towed his 19ft 5th wheel around for 5 years , through the rocky mountains , had trans rebuilt around 150,000 miles , when he traded truck in in 97 the ranger had 420,000 KM or around 250,000 miles ..still running good , ended up with a dakota 97 2 wheel drive ...tranny was rebuilt twice befor 38,000 kms My son bought a 94 ranger , 2 WD 4.0 liter, hi mileage , he took it to the race track , first time out , ran 16.6..around 85 mph ...he was racing a 91 mustange 5.0 liter witch ran 16.2 @ 88 mph but had the stang beat til 1/2 track

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