Monday, May 06, 2013

Universe, my truck!....

My best find in the world Ford Ranger has seen its last days I"m afraid...
I couldn't have found a better deal, in 2001, I bought my 2000 ranger with 12,000 miles on it for $6500.
what a deal and its ran wonderfully ever since, except for the timing belt going out a few years ago etc etc..
now it's the transmission and/or clutch going out.  the local garage says $1700 to replace transmission and maybe $2300 for the tranny and clutch. ugh
SO I figure, what with my love of long drives to Texas or Arkansas and back, I might as well replace it with something newer.  hopefully something between 10-15k.....
Universe, I ask you, what truck or pickup is comparable to the Ford Ranger which they quit making in 2011 anyway, a chevrolet Colorado?  Ford F10?.... within the next week I'm going to have to replace my little truck. :)
it failed me on the way to church yesterday morning, my parents came over and my dad towed me behind his truck over the garage a few blocks away, left my pickup and keys there.... this morning I took the OKMETRO bus system to work.  left the house an hour early on foot, walked a mile and a half and found the bus stop for the route downtown, then I switched to the bus that goes south to my school.... got a call this afternoon from the garage saying it was driving fine and they weren't sure what was wrong with it, (! isn't it always the case, you take it to the shop and then nothing wrong happens!)  I told them to keep checking it out, they called back later when I got home to say they'd have to replace the transmission and possibly more.

 man I was beat tired after school today. I was going to bus back home but I gave in to calling my buddy S who picked me up on the way home from his job downtown and brought me home.
SO! now I'm shopping for a newish car/truck.... sigh. searching on carmax and autotrader etc etc... something around 12,000 and low mileage blah blah

btw, my Mexican buddy who has his own garage shop, said he could put in a used transmission cheaper, but we both agreed it's time to get a newer car since I like to drive long distances every now and then and years to come.... I may have him replace with a used transmission in the meantime...


4 comments:

drew said...

Dan, consider salvage value for your existing vehicle. The local salvage yards will give you a price. Might give you something if you can't trade it. Try Carmax if that is available. Great bunch to deal with but they might be only in the east. I heard they are doing away with the Colorado pickup. They said it is not up to date. Ford does make the best pickups... and they didn't take a bailout...

Mike said...

I think you should go SUV. Dan in a sexy SUV would be hot.

rugbysex said...

so sorry to hear about the truck buddy. hope you get some good advice and find something you like. being dependent on others for transport is no fun. wish i could offer some advice but i know almost NOTHING about cars/trucks.
cheers!

Anonymous said...

Dan, I have a buddy that works in a trans shop. He has told me before that they make their living on GM and Dodge products, occasional work on Ford F150 with high mileage and never had trans fluid\filter change. He said they never work on Toyota, in fact he drives a Tundra with almost 400k miles on it and no major problems. I think you could get a Tacoma with manual trans and 2 wheel drive singal cab for your price range and get at least 250k miles out of it. Stay far away from the Colorado unless it is nearly free, you can't read anything good about them. Take a look at Craigslist, keep an open mind on make and model, several family members have purchased some unusally good deals on there due to an estate sale situation.