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I'm choosing between a 97 Dakota and a 97 Ranger. both are around 140k miles, 5 speed, 4 cylinder, base 2 person models. Same starting price. Which one do you think will cost less to operate and be more reliable?

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The ford ranger has less problems,and is easier to work on,and easy to diagnose ,when it does have problems,but for the most part the ranger ,all the way.Ranger does not have a lot of power,but is a very good truck.

Posted on May 04, 2010

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Wouldn't buy either one.
I would never buy a 4 cyl or a manual shift vehicle
I most certainly wouldn't buy a vehicle with 140k or 13 years old.
Buyer beware,are you a do it yourself person with money to spend?
Those are poor investments, in material items that looses value every day.

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