1988 Dodge Ram 50 2.0 from North America
So far it's very easy to live with
The little truck was well worn when I bought her. Paid over 1k for her from a individual. The doors rattled, and it needed a tune up and a brake job.
I had the fluids changed in transmission and rear end, coolant, oil and a tune up. I'm getting around 27 MPG. Fixed the doors and installed a radio.
I really like this little truck. I drive about 65 to 70 on the highway, and 60 or less on back roads. I don't hot rod it, but I keep up or out of the way of traffic with no problems.
I haven't used any oil in my day to day driving. It does need shocks and will get a set with new tires soon.
The windows do rattle, but I've read on a forum where Mazda window rubbers taken from salvage yard donors will replace mine, so I assume Ford Rangers will work as well. I haven't found a parts source for restoration parts yet.
It is what it is, and I can't fault it at all. I have restored 50s and 60s American trucks and cars, and currently have a 63 Chevy Nova and a 71 Chevy truck. I find this little truck responds really well to just a little maintenance.
If you're looking for a small platform that's cheap on gas and tough as nails, this is it; it doesn't go fast, nor does it breath fire, but it doesn't need to stop at every gas station, and I've actually got a couple thumbs up from the mini truck crowd around town, and it's fun to shift through the gears too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2015