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1st Gen Taco vs 2nd,3rd Gen Ranger

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mrb1218, Jun 12, 2019 at 8:12 PM.

  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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    mrb1218

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    Hey guys,

    I am in the market of getting a small truck to be my DD for a short period of time. I have narrowed my choices down to the taco and ranger.

    I know this is a Taco 4rum but if anyone has owned both, could you please share your experience? Which one should I go for?
    Finding a stock, well maintained 1st Gen Taco with reasonable mileage is kinda difficult.

    Any ideas or inputs are highly appreciated. Thanks!!
     
  2. Jun 12, 2019 at 8:19 PM
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    I have no experience with rangers but dare I ask, what is "reasonable" mileage to you?

    I ask because a lot of us will say 200k mileage is pretty reasonable for a 1st gen Taco; rust free frame + routine maintenance = trouble free truck
     
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    when dealing with Ford stay away from the OHC 4.0... problem motor, the 3.0 is bullet proof. I have an 03 Ranger Super cab, 4X4, 4.0, auto trans, 4:10 limited slip... it all sounds good on paper, The 4.0 is gutless in the lower rpm range, where you drive it 99% of the time, above 4500 rpm it screams. My Tacaoma's, both the 2.4 and the 3.4's are much more drive-able. There are reason why a used Ranger is 1/2 the price of a similar Tacoma.
     
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  4. Jun 13, 2019 at 3:40 PM
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    What do you mean a "short period of time"?? What's wrong with the 4Runner in your profile pic?

    If you're looking for a throwaway truck that needs to limp you along for 6 months or a year, swing a dead cat and find a ford to buy for cheap.

    If you're looking for a long term vehicle that will be good and reliable for many more years and hundreds of thousands of miles, take the time and find a toyota.
     
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    I was hoping to find one less than 180k as much stock as possible. Most of 1st gens in my area have been modded somehow or very high mileage.
    I bought that for my lady lol. It still has 11 months of payments. I want to get it paid off first. In the meantime, I need a vehicle. I was planning to get a 3rd Gen but if I could find a clean, well maintained, rust free 1st Gen then I might keep it for a long time before my next upgrade.
     
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    Thank you for your input, let me do a bit more research. Thanks again
     
  7. Jun 14, 2019 at 8:59 PM
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    None yet.
    Where is your area? It helps us help by knowing your location.
     
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  8. Jun 14, 2019 at 9:09 PM
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    I am located in Albuquerque, NM
     
  9. Jun 15, 2019 at 1:31 AM
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    If you want something short term go with the Ford use it as long as you need and scrap it

    Then it comes down if you do your own work or farm it out all used vehicles have catch up maintenance
     
  10. Jun 15, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    OMG the 1995.5-1997 model is growing on me like crazy. I saw one on the road today and that was so clean, compact and hella cool truck. I've gotta have to hunt for one!
     
  11. Jun 16, 2019 at 7:57 AM
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    Good luck finding a bargain on a decent 1st gen Tacoma, they're collector cars now. Rangers are fine, they're cheap and durable, they just don't have that magic that makes them desirable. I've owned 2, the first one was ultra-reliable and the second one was acceptable but not fantastic. The regular cab 4 cylinder 5 speed Rangers are good basic transportation and handy to have if you're a homeowner. They get good MPG and the regular cabs are a bit more spacious than the Tacoma regular cabs. But their 4 cylinder was significantly less powerful than the Toyota 2RZ/3RZ unless it's a 2004 or newer. I've got several friends and family members who had V6 Rangers and they were pretty durable but had 4 cylinder power with V8 fuel economy.
     
  12. Jun 16, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    So you like early 1st gen body style eh?
    20190612_200142.jpg
    Seems a little silly to ask a bunch of Tacoma guys if you should buy a ranger :playball:
    I've got a guess what the overall sensus may be
     

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