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1983-1988 Ford Ranger for first car?

Author : Samuel

Submitted : 2018-01-09 12:21:20    Popularity:     

Tags: Ford  Ranger  car  

Hello I am looking for a first car and have been thinking about many different cars. I like old cars and I have a 1966 vw beetle project that I am working on. For my first car I thought a mid 80s Ford ranger would be a good truck to get because it is a sm

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Just what do you consider "Good" gas mileage? The BEST a Ranger will get is 25MPG IF it's a 4 banger with a 5 speed manual trans. Any other engine /trans combo will get you less than 20MPG on the highway and a lot less than that around town. This is the voce of experience talking as I have owned several rangers and have friends who also own them. I'm not knocking them just being truthful. As I've said I've had several and still drive an 01 with the V6 auto combo. As to the guy who said it won't haul much, I've hauled a bed full of gravel and a bed full of dirt/sand nore than once with them. They may not carry as much as an F series but they're stout little trucks.

No ABS. No airbags. No modern safety features.
Much more servicing
Much harder parts.
Less economical.
Less powerful.
May well be full of tinworm.
May need major replacement work.
These are just a few benefits.
Do you need a truck?
Get a nice small Sedan. Cheap to run.
Cheap to maintain.
All modern safety features.

With their little power your not going to be hauling much lol

There's nothing inherently wrong with an old Ranger as a first vehicle and if you plan to haul parts around for a project car, an old truck isn't a bad choice. But I certainly wouldn't make the mistake of thinking any 30+ year old vehicle is going to be all that reliable to drive daily because odds are it won't be.

It's old - even being simple mechanically and electrically (compared to newer vehicles) it will no doubt need regular work/repairs to remain useful if you plan to drive it daily so I wouldn't recommend going in thinking you're going to pick up a dirt cheap 30-year-old truck that will give you no problems. That's not a realistic expectation. Good luck.



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