Does overhauling an older vehicle really increase it's lifespan?
November 12, 2012 6:59 PM Subscribe
I'm tempted by a 2001 Ranger w/ 150k miles for $5500. My last Ranger died around 220k, which seems normal. This one has had a ton of work done - does that mean it is likely to last longer?
posted by doub1ejack to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
My goal is the best truck for ~$5k. I understand I'm looking at the last 2-6 years of the vehicle's life before things go seriously downhill. I'm good with that.
I've looked this truck over and I'm content that 1) it runs better than the average 2001 Ranger, 2) the folks selling it are trustworthy and have cared personally for the truck (personal vehicle/project until owner had a baby & needed back seats), 3) visible condition is very good (very little rust, clean engine, nice interior). The fix-list is long and includes replaced truck bed, exhaust system, transmission, clutch, down to a new dome light and fog lights - and bunches of other stuff.
But what I'm wondering is, does all this work actually mean it will last longer or am I just paying more for a car that is still likely to die at whatever the average age is?
(For clarification, I'm less interested in talking about this specific truck than I am about the topic of longevity via replacements. Thanks!)