What year is this truck?

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by e.andersen, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. e.andersen

    e.andersen New Member

    Ok, I know I'll sound dumb, but I'm looking at this truck tomorrow to possibly get my first car and he says it's a 1998 but the headlights look like a 1997. Which is it? It has leaf springs in the back in another picture, I don't know if that narrows it down.


    It seems like a decent deal, but let me get your opinions on that, too.

    It's a 2.5L, 5 speed
    He says he has receipts for:
    New motor with 80,000
    New trans with <80,000
    New Master/slave cylinders
    New clutch
    New battery
    New inner/outer wheel bearings
    and "some other things he can't remember right now"

    He said it's like a 300,000 mile truck, so I was thinking about swapping out the suspension for new parts so I would have a completely new truck, in essence.
    Does $1600 seem like a good price?
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  3. buggman

    buggman Do not touch the trim!

    I think the 98's were the first to have the turn signals below the headlights... looks like it has 97 tail lights though.
  4. 00redranger

    00redranger New Member

  5. SalRanger2

    SalRanger2 Ranger Lover

    thats for sure a 93-97 front end, but if im not mistaken the first year for the 2.5 was 98. maybe made late in '97?? haha idk
  6. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    you are correct the 2.5 was only offered 98-00 then ford came out with the 2.3 DOHC... if he can get a pic of the engine we can tell him for sure what size engine is in that truck....
  7. OP

    e.andersen New Member

    I figure that if he got the year wrong he could easily get the size wrong, too!

    It's no big deal to me, really, as long as it runs and doesn't look like it'll fall apart.
  8. doyouquaxu

    doyouquaxu FUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    all rangers have leaf springs fyi
  9. OP

    e.andersen New Member

    Ok, didn't realize that, thanks.
  10. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    Erik, dont hesitate to throw any questions out there in seperate threads, the more you ask, the more you learn dude. Thats how I learned was by good guys like we have here on the forum. We are more than anxious to help you out!
  11. OP

    e.andersen New Member

    I appreciate it. Hopefully the truck I'm looking at tomorrow will be good enough to buy and then I'll be on here every waking hour!
  12. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    Cool, when you go look at it, get tons of pics! Check the frame, engine and trans. As long as they are all good, we can help with the rest, from advice to parts!
  13. Achromious

    Achromious New Member

    It should have the year on the inside of the driver side door frame where the paint sticker and stuff is
  14. OP

    e.andersen New Member

    Thanks, fellas, that's awesome
  15. ZRanger28

    ZRanger28 Got boost?

    thats definatley 93-97 98 is when they changed body styles to turn signal under headlight
  16. Dcrymes99ranger

    Dcrymes99ranger Riding low and broke!!!

    I'd say about a 96 or 97. Deff check the sticker on the driver door jam.
  17. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    Along w/ the frame check the Shackles and hangers for the rear leaf springs.
  18. beaulawcious

    beaulawcious New Member

    1600 is a sweet deal
  19. drppdyllwrngr

    drppdyllwrngr Member

    suspension will be different between 97 and 8, in 98, the reg cabs became 3" longer behind the doors, the seats are different in 98. the front end could have been replaced due to an accident. but unlikely. get some pics of the interior/motor and it can be set in stone.
  20. Ranger2232

    Ranger2232 New Member

    Definatly a 97!
  21. OP

    e.andersen New Member

    Hey fellas. So it turned out that the green one was a piece of junk; exhaust was bad, just in pretty crappy condition and on it's last leg (with almost 300,000 I should've known otherwise). However, I found another 97 with 104,000 that I'm going to check out tomorrow for 2500 but hopefully I can talk him down a bit, we'll see.

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