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Autotrader Find: 1998 Ford Ranger With 9,000 Original Miles

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

If you talk to many car enthusiasts about pickup trucks, you'll likely hear one consistent opinion: It's very sad that Ford ever stopped making the Ranger, which was a highly decorated small truck. So, car enthusiasts, here's a 1998 Ranger with 9,000 original miles. Maybe the last chance you'll ever have to get a like-new Ford Ranger.

Offered by a private seller in rural Freeport, Illinois, this 1998 Ranger Splash represents the truck's most basic specification: single cab, short bed, 2-wheel drive, 4-cylinder. Admittedly, it has an automatic transmission and a "cool" Flareside bed, but let's be honest here, folks: This thing is pretty stripped down.

And it's also pristine. The advertisement shows an odometer reading of just 8,988 miles, despite the fact that this truck has been running around for almost 20 years. It is, of course, a one-owner Ranger, and it was sold new in October 1998. The truck's Carfax report shows that the mileage has been applied fairly evenly over the years -- just very, very slowly.

Admittedly, it seems like Ford is planning to roll out a new Ranger in the next few years -- but it's hard to believe it'll look anything like this, or offer a single cab or a 4-cylinder engine. This pickup is a relic from a bygone era -- and, most importantly, it's an almost brand-new relic; a perfectly preserved time capsule. And it can be yours. Perhaps the only problem is its price: $15,500, which is likely along the lines of what it sold for when it was new back in 1998. But it's still a lot cheaper than any other new pickup.

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Autotrader Find: 1998 Ford Ranger With 9,000 Original Miles - Autotrader