1994 Ford Ranger - to buy or not to buy?
December 1, 2009 6:09 PM Subscribe
Should I buy a V6 4WD 1994 Ford Ranger Splash ExtCab for mostly weekend light hauling and off road use? I mostly want to know about reliability and modifiability.
The truck has 160,000 miles on it, but looks like it's in really good shape (which may just be a liberal application of Foamy Engine Brite). Less than normal interior wear, but a pretty clean engine compartment. I'll get a good idea of the mechanicals tomorrow when I drive it and crawl underneath.
I don't know yet whether it has the 3.0L or 4.0L V6, but it's definitely a V6. I've heard the 3.0L is a bit gutless, but I'm not too worried about that since it's just a weekend vehicle.
Mostly I'll be using it for offroading in the desert and trips to Lowe's. So what I'm first of all interested in is what kind of reputation that year/model has for reliability. I live in Las Vegas, so it would be nice to know if they're prone to overheating when it's 120 outside and the truck is idling for a while.
And second I want to know if anyone has ever lifted one? (I'd be doing 4 or 5 inch suspension and probably 2" body - along with adding at least a rear locker and lower gears.) I'm not going to be doing rock crawling in an IFS truck, but I at least want some good capabilities off road.
I've been looking through the few Ranger specific forums I can find, and haven't come up with any really useful information. Some people have lifted them, but no one seems to be talking much about reliability.
I've been able to find lift kits, but haven't yet dug up anyone selling gear sets or lockers.
Please let me know what you can about the truck. Especially as it relates to being useful as an offroad vehicle. (And no, can't do a Jeep - needs to be a pickup. This is also attractive because I can buy it outright and never have to worry about financing.)