U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 06-03-2011, 11:36 AM
Location: Lafayette, La
2,018 posts, read 4,395,057 times
Reputation: 1412


Im a Ford guy, but I used to own a Chevy S10 and I honestly loved that truck. The main problem I had with it was that dex-cool thing where the coolant ate up all the engine gaskets and caused overheating. but that engine wouldnt die. It would overheat, I would cool it down and it would still run smoothly. That thing was bulletproof.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 06-03-2011, 12:52 PM
22,770 posts, read 25,182,020 times
Reputation: 14506
Originally Posted by rfr69 View Post
Talking with people Ford people say Chevy's suck and Chevy people say Ford suck.
they are both correct.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2012, 10:33 AM
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
10,715 posts, read 22,321,366 times
Reputation: 5137
Well here is a Ranger Realted Question since my old Gasser F-250 I use for daily drving and towing hualing I am looking to down size but I am trying to Find the FX4 Level II model I know they were only Ran for 5-6 years before they were dropped and only the Regular FX4 was left for the rest of the production Run.

But I was thinking of going with the Level I FX4 off-Road pkg and was wondering if it would be cheaper to take the Fx4 Level I pkg and add the the Level II stuff from the after market or would it be better to wait a bit and get lucky on a finding nice FX4 Level II without having to go half way across to Country to find one for sale?.

Fact is there is a 93 2WD F-350 Dually with the 7.3 power stroke that Co-worker is selling since he got a new Cummins Ram 2500 to tow his 5th wheel but offered the F-350 to me for a price that is hard to pass up since it is well Maintained and besdies some normal wear and tear and fadded paint it will be perfect for boat and trailer my towing needs and can lend it out to Family and friends that need a HD truck for the weekend.

But I Still need a truck that is able to go off-Road and be very Capable since do alot of camping and fishing in some pretty tricky places to get to but also can be daily driven and get in and out of parking lots and haul smaller loads and get ok Fuel Economy

the Ranger Fx4 Level II seems to be perfect or the FX4 in 5-speed manual with aftermarket parts would work also but hard to choose between the two and wonder what the City Data auto forum guys and gals would do since I have no issues going aftermarkt to get some better off road perormance but stay with 31" tires and a 2" Suspensuion lift since I have a the 6" lift and 35" tires on my F-250 now but it is a pain to get larger stuff loaded in and out of the bed.

Anyways let me know since the F-350 is one of those things that I can't really wait around too long to decide on what Ranger factory upgraded Off-Road pkg to go with.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2012, 04:11 PM
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
17,480 posts, read 18,634,440 times
Reputation: 47023
This is my opinion only. The F-350 is a good truck for what it was intended for, but it can be overkill for your intended need. It will drive/handle pretty rough without a sizable load to help smooth things out. Would I want it for a daily driver, ahh no, again my opinion.

Getting into back/off road situations could be problematic with the wide hips of a dually. My SIL ran into some of these issues and traded down to a F-250.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-11-2012, 04:28 PM
Location: Columbia, California
6,662 posts, read 25,329,136 times
Reputation: 5066
I have owed many Fords and Chevys.

The Chevy 4.3 liter V6 is prone to head problems and intake manifold problems. The 2.8 was anemic.
The old Fords seem to keep plugging on.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-22-2013, 07:27 AM
1 posts, read 6,224 times
Reputation: 10
Originally Posted by Deez Nuttz View Post
I've never owned a Ranger so I can't comment on them, other than i never really liked their styling.

I have owned 4 S-10's. 3 of them were the old 1st gen box style. The other was a 2nd gen curvy style.

The 2nd gen I had seemed to be a lemon from the start. Long story short the 4.3 liter V6 spun a rod bearing at 48k, then the 4L60E trans started not shifting right.

Of the 3 first gens I had, the oldest ('84) had a small block 350 V8 in it. Man that thing would haul ass. It was light too...only weighed 2700 lbs with the V8 in it and w/o a driver.

As the years progressed they got heavier and heavier.

Second oldest I have now, it's a '91. It's a pretty good truck except it's 20 years old and while it's in good shape for it's age, it does have some quirks in it...most notably the 5 speed manual that sounds like rocks are being thrown around in the gear case. That and the clunking when the clutch is engaged or the trans is shifted. U joints are good. The 4.3 V6 runs pretty good. I did have to replace the alternator (squealing), radiator, a few other gadgets.

The newest 1st gen I had was a '93....had almost 200k when I sold it. Damn good truck. It was slow as hell with the little 2.8 liter V6, but it never gave me an ounce of trouble and I used to beat on this truck unmercifully. I did do regular maintenance on it, water pump at 143k, starter at 145k, alternator at 172k, radiator at 175k. Clutch was replaced at 65k and was still strong when i sold the truck over 100k later.

So there's my testimonials. However I will say this...if you get an S-10, try to steer clear of the 4 cylinder models unless you don't mind being slower than everything on the road/have people laying on their horns for you to move. Also avoid the 2.8 V6....especially the pre '86 models as they're known for internal trouble. '86 and up they beefed up the bottom end but they're still as slow as the 4 cylinder models. The 4.3 liter was the only engine in the S-10 worth having.
I had the old c10 and we replaced the v6 with a 350 vet and she ran like a bat out ah he'll till I sold it and got a bellair
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2015, 02:26 PM
1 posts, read 3,488 times
Reputation: 10
I had a 1994 s10 with the 4.3 v6 in it. I lifted if it 8 inches and threw 37" trail grapplers on it, and I left it a 2wd with 3.43 gears. Even with those gears I could haul ass in it and that motor never gave up. Trans either. The 86-96 s10s with the 4.3 all had an Allison brand tranny, like what you see advertised on every single Duramax ever made. It was a sold truck and it would take a beating. Only thing that ever gave up on the truck was the air conditioning and the starter. The truck now has 280k and is my friends DD. I traded for a Silverado. The only ranger that I can tell you is an absolutely amazing truck is the 96-99 model with the 3.0 Vulcan. It's a small block V6, but it was a strong, well made one.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2015, 02:28 PM
Location: Columbia, SC & Augusta, GA
899 posts, read 637,190 times
Reputation: 1004
Made it to 162k before it was parked. 1994 S-10 LS 4 cylinder automatic.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2015, 02:56 PM
2,600 posts, read 5,442,327 times
Reputation: 2387
We used the GMC Sonoma 2.2 and 4.3 engines.

Both were great and both went 150,000 plus.

Maintenance has to be done !!

2000 through 2003, either engine will do, GMC Sonoma or the Chevy S-10.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2015, 03:20 PM
Location: Floribama
13,482 posts, read 29,425,055 times
Reputation: 11879
Originally Posted by Dburger View Post
Made it to 162k before it was parked. 1994 S-10 LS 4 cylinder automatic.
So it's yard art now?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top