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 Posted: Sun Jun 28th, 2020 05:49 pm
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Sad to say that for the first time in, uh, 17 years I don't have a roadworthy Ranger anymore...my '09 was showing the ravages of 10 New England winters, and although I could've probably patched it together and kept driving it a little longer, I could see a fair amount of work on the horizon, and I wasn't sure how much longer I could keep pulling trailers without worrying about frame integrity...so it was time to send it down the road.

I'd been thinking very seriously about a good, clean rust-free Ranger from some other corner of the US- pay a bit too much for a nice one, and put a bit of money into it- still worked out to be cheaper than a new rig.  But, for obvious reasons, a cross-country trip for a new truck got a little too complicated this spring...and I (sorta) threaded the needle on trade prices vs incentives on a new Tacoma last month.  The last week of April was really the time to buy, but I missed that by a couple weeks.

Didn't even bother to drive a new Ranger- without a manual, there was no way I'd buy one...and of course test drives were a lot more logistics this year than most. Would've liked to see how it drove (same for the Colorado) but in the end it came down to a Wrangler 4-door or a Tacoma...and after driving both, it wasn't that hard a choice.  The Wranger wasn't any worse than I expected in the ways they're known to be bad, but the 2020 didn't put a grin on my face the way the TJs do...which makes the bad tougher to accept.

It's a nice truck- TRD Sport, crew-cab with the 5' box...3.5 V6 with the 6-speed manual.  My biggest gripe is how much physically bigger it is than my Ranger- it's a compact truck in every useful way, and rides like it (that's not a compliment) but it's a LOT bigger for the exterior dimensions. (An extended-cab 6' box rides on the same wheelbase with the same bumper-to-bumper dims, so it's not the crew-cab that does it, either.)  I'm perfectly comfortable driving a big truck- I hold a Class-A CDL- but I don't need or want one.



Still got a worn-out, rotted-out '97 down in the shed- can't bring myself to get rid of it but not sure what's left to save on a truck that rusted out at 272k miles, then sat outside for almost a decade...but she's an old friend, and that choice can wait for another day.

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Be sure to coat the frame and undercarriage with rust inhibitor. Toyota trucks are worse than Ford Trucks about rusting up. I hope that it serves you well.



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Yep- didn't do a good enough job at that with the Ranger, or I'd still be driving it.  Try to do better with this one, and I've got a better parking situation than I had most of the Ranger's life, but the sad truth is no matter what I do it'll rot out before it wears out.

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Nice red Yota! the mini trucks of today are HUGE compared to the original "mini trucks"
Drag that 97 out, there are plenty of parts we can salvage from a 97 ranger, like the front knuckles/brakes if its a 4x4 and the M5OD transmission plus 4.0 engine.....I love me a 97 Ranger for parts!



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410customs wrote:
Nice red Yota! the mini trucks of today are HUGE compared to the original "mini trucks"
Drag that 97 out, there are plenty of parts we can salvage from a 97 ranger, like the front knuckles/brakes if its a 4x4 and the M5OD transmission plus 4.0 engine.....I love me a 97 Ranger for parts!

Yeah...this truck is nearly as big as a half-ton of 30 years ago.  Was one of the reasons I went Ford instead of Toyota ten years ago, in fact- the Ranger was just a better size.  (And, well, I like Rangers.)

Not parting the '97 out...like I said, it's an old friend...I pulled one part off it, once.  Third brake light out of the cap, went onto my '09 when I put that cap on.  But that was enough.

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