Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by snowking69, Dec 3, 2004.
i was wondering what year of ford ranger is the best
Get one that's '95 or newer, you don't want one older than that with the TTB front end or you'll be rebuilding the thing every few years. The newer ones go through lower ball joints every 50k or so, but they're easy to change and cheap if you do it yourself.
If you can get one with a manual 4x4 shift lever (if 4x4) because the motors on the electric ones burn up easily. As for engines, the 2.3L isn't much power, but great mileage, good for a run around truck. Don't bother with the 3.0L, no power, no mileage. If you want good power, get the 4.0L OHV. If you get the 4.0L SOHC, get a '98 or newer, the older ones used plastic timing chain guides that break.
They didn't start using the SOHC in the Ranger until 01 IIRC.
Depends on what your using your Ranger for if you ask me...Rangers make really good Prerunners with the right front suspension settings....Plus, you can lift them pretty high too. The TTB ended in 1997, not 95. Its alot stronger design than the current front axle, ecspically if your thinking about lifting it. If your just looking for a little commuter, than a 98 or newer would prolly be your best bet.