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Looking for a replacement #5226887 09/30/19 08:17 PM
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So it looks like the Highlander did not make it. Somehow I don't think this will buff out:

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The kid is alright. He has his own car, but that night he took the Highlander. Now I need a replacement for his brother who will be driving to the next town soon. There are some low mileage Rangers with the DOHC 2.3L engines, Another 2008 Ranger with a 3.0L and AT, there's one Nissan Frontier with the 2.4L, and a newer Liberty with the 3.7L. Any known issues with the aforementioned vehicles? I'm trying to stick to the small truck SUV segment.

Thanks!

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The BITOG cool kids drive Frontiers currently but even they avoid the 2.4 by making a painfully wide three-point turn.

Ranger is legit, those first gen Escapes are pretty cool, too.



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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5226929 09/30/19 09:03 PM
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The 3.0 is very reliable in the Ranger. The only thing I didn’t care for with it is the power and the gas mileage. It’s a V-6 with the power of a 4 cylinder and the gas mileage of a V-8. A friend of mine bought the Mazda version brand new in 1997 and is still driving it. The 2.3 is pretty solid too.


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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5226974 09/30/19 09:57 PM
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At least nobody was seriously injured.


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I vote Ranger. Another good option is a second gen Escape 2.5L fwd. ours has been tough as nails so far.


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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5227050 09/30/19 11:34 PM
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They should all work.....


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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5227096 10/01/19 03:14 AM
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Glad everyone is OK!


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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5227109 10/01/19 04:27 AM
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Glad all are well!!!

I vote "Any i4 early 2000's pickup"

They literally just didn't make a bad one that I was aware of.

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2.3 and 2.5 Ford Rangers are near impossible to kill (they aren't DOHC that I have ever seen)

Not great on power, but they will almost always go over 300,000 miles


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Originally Posted by Ws6
Glad all are well!!!
I vote "Any i4 early 2000's pickup"
They literally just didn't make a bad one that I was aware of.


Quoted for truth! (except I'll never buy a Dodge Dakota)


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Re: Looking for a replacement [Re: Sunnyinhollister] #5227268 10/01/19 08:39 AM
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Glad your son is OK! Why the affinity for trucks/SUV's. Wrap that boy in a, less roll over prone, Crown Vic. grin


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Originally Posted by Linctex
2.3 and 2.5 Ford Rangers are near impossible to kill (they aren't DOHC that I have ever seen)

Not great on power, but they will almost always go over 300,000 miles

2000 and older 4 cylinders are SOHC. In mid-year 2001, Ford switched to the DOHC Duratec 2.3L.
I agree that they're super hard to kill. The Duratecs are very stout too.

3.0L have great reliability, not so great gas mileage.

OHV (pushrod) 4.0L (2000 and older) have great reliability and even worse gas mileage, good power though. The intake manifold gaskets tend to go out once they get 200k on them (I've personally had it happen on 2 different engines. Same failure in same spot. Both engines had over 200k on them with no troubles up to that point), other than that, they're great.

SOHC 4.0 (2001-2011) has lots of power, same mileage as the pushrod 4.0. They had some timing chain issues prior to 2004. 2005+ should have updated parts from the factory and be good to go. They have plastic thermostat housings that like to crack and leak, but that can be solved permanently with an aftermarket aluminum housing.


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2004 Highlander is a classic.........glad the boy is OK.

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I’m glad no one was seriously hurt.

Given the propensity for rolling a vehicle, I would avoid a pickup or SUV.

Clearly, a vehicle with a high center of gravity isn’t the easiest to handle.

Corolla? Accord?

You total a car, kid, and you don’t get to choose “cool”. You lost that right with the crash.

You get “safe”.

Period.

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Originally Posted by Astro14
I’m glad no one was seriously hurt.

Given the propensity for rolling a vehicle, I would avoid a pickup or SUV.

Clearly, a vehicle with a high center of gravity isn’t the easiest to handle.

Corolla? Accord?

You total a car, kid, and you don’t get to choose “cool”. You lost that right with the crash.

You get “safe”.

Period.


The replacement vehicle is for his brother. Around here, Honda's and Toyotas get a premium and have 150k plus on the odometer. Still looking at all options right now


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