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Hold on to that Truck

I've been window shopping (on ebay, autotrader, etc.) for a AWD manual wagon to combat snow, ice, and off-road fun in <fill_in_new_home> but am discovering reasons to keep my Ford Ranger.  It'd be awesome to upgrade to something like an Audi Quattro but a) I should save money and b) there isn't much need (right now).  Here's what the edmond.com and therangerstation.com are saying about me little truck:

1999 Ford Ranger XLT

4.0L V6 - 158hp @ 4250rpm; torque 223 lbs/ft @ 3000rpm
5-speed Automatic Transmission - the 5R55E;  OverDrive switch for towing/highway
4WD - Dana 35 TTB (Twin Traction Beam) front axel; Zexel-Torsen worm gear limited slip differential; Pulse Vacuum Hublock "shift on the fly" - electronic locking between 2WD, 4WD low, 4WD high
towing & axels - registered @ 5-6 tons (GVW);  8.8" rear axel rated @ 2750lbs towing
off-roading - torsion bar A-arm front suspension
ABS - all (4) wheel
wheels & tries - 15x7 factory rims - tire ratings for 35 Inches (TTB); 4 Yokohama 235/75R15 - which i can upgrade to 265 height (31") without lifting
Extended "SuperCab" - 4 doors, two suicide doors; big enough for kids, ... I     mean Kim
Reese hitch - post factory (Dad added it)
collision & emergency: Front crush zone (added 1999), Side door intrusion beams (added 1999), tow hooks assist

So I should keep this thing and give it some TLC.  Tune-up, serious engine look-over, all new tires, and serious suspension/alignment look-over.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
I would never buy an automatic
Or a pre-2000 ranger. Ranger's in the 90's got terrible marks.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Neither would I, hence I said Audi; this is a Frod that I got in college and took over payments from Dad, and it's a matter of 'pay off and sell' or 'keep since it's humming right along'. The off road ability actually sounds more fun with a truck than with a wagon, so I'm probably keeping it. An Audi/Subaru would be a nice addition down the road, pun intended ;)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Also, never get anything with AWD, particularly if you want to be green. It basically means they're running in 4wd all the time, which means it's putting out more power consistently and is going to seriously waste your gas. If you want something that is fairly green, economical, and has 4wd capabilities go with a Tacoma.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Eco Nazi BS
Total BS. AWD functions differently depending on the differentials used, i.e. how much power is supplied to the axels. Some supply 90/10, other's 60/40, and still others (usually thecrappy ones) supply power to the slipping axel totally "on demand". The later make tree huggers happy and mechanics laugh at their gullibility.

My Ranger is the traditional 4WD so I control it; it's very green if you ignore the gasoline burned in 2WD ;)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Eco Nazi BS
Any differential is going to burn more fuel than 2wd.
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