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February 22nd, 2009

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.