It's a good, solid small truck of a proven design. Performance with the
trans is, IMHO, rather anemic. Your opinion may vary.
The fuel mileage might not be as good as you would expect, It's like a Ford
a small package, it's geared to work not to commute. ;)
The only issues I can think of are; It WILL need a timing belt NOW if it has
been replaced, and the rear brakes may be grabby or noisy in damp or humid
Neither issue will break the bank.
The timing belt is a maintenance item at about 70K that usually gets
the brake issue (if it is an issue on this particular truck)is solved by using a
"softer" lining than OEM. By now the aftermarket linings should be correct and
102K, it's probably had the rear brakes relined with the "better" shoes anyway.
If you like it and the price is right for you, go for it. I doubt that you'll
My neighbor had an older Ranger with the 2.3 engine with about 225K
miles on and has owned it since about 50K miles. One day I casually
asked him how many times the timing belt had been changed. He told me
that it never had. By the look on my face, he could tell that I
doubted him, but he swore up and down that it was the factory
Some people have better luck with stuff like that than I do.
Anyway, get the timing belt changed because it will leave you set when
you need it the most.
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