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Dude at work bought a new Stratos and is selling his 88 Ranger. All I know is its an 18 footer with an 88 Johnson 150, rebuilt 5 years ago, dual axle trailer, color humminbird graphs, gel coat is trashed, new carpet. He threw out $3500when I asked how much. Should I go look? Of course he says it runs great and has a newer TM....

Jo Ann and I are headed out of town right now to head up to Lake Norman to fish all day tomorrow with a guide. Never done that, this should be interesting. Then its the farm pond on Sunday for half a day then maybe checking out this Ranger. Rough life huh? Have a good weekend, guys and gals.
 

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I think it'd be worth taking a look at. My old Ranger's gelcoat looked pretty bad when I got it. One weekend of colorsanding and buffing and some replacement decals made it look like new.
 

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Dude, its the engine i would worry about. those late 80s and 90s engines were not real great. if you broke the 100 hour mark then they were a good one. most blew around 30 to 80 hours
 

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Dude, its the engine i would worry about. those late 80s and 90s engines were not real great. if you broke the 100 hour mark then they were a good one. most blew around 30 to 80 hours
Also repair parts for them old engines are getting hard to find if you break down.I believe I would pass on that boat.
 

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Might want to check the splashwell around the transom drain holes. 85 - 98 had a bad habit of cracking around there and the water would leak into the hull. Mine leaked from the day I bougt it till the day I sold it.
 

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Jason, I don't know about the splash wells however the early rangers did have a problem with breaking at the back of the livewells where they are glassed to the bottom of the boat, take a look at this area and see how bad it's broken. Other then that most ranger of that age, are in the range of $3000 to $4000 just have a mechanic check the motor......Then fill the boat with water up to the top of the batteries and see if it leaks. The rest is something that for the most part can be fixed fairly easily.......................Course I would still hold onto the cash,,,,,,,,,add some to it and buy something newer ................You would be much better off in my opinion..........................................................................................................
 

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Yeah the more I thought about it today, the more I just want to wait. I really doubt my old ass Explorer could tow that tank without throwing a rod anyways. I will continue to save and beat the hell out of the Tracker. Thanks for your opinions guys. I need to stop being interested in junk. Hell the boat was made when I was 12 years old! :eek:
 

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Yeah the more I thought about it today, the more I just want to wait. I really doubt my old ass Explorer could tow that tank without throwing a rod anyways. I will continue to save and beat the hell out of the Tracker. Thanks for your opinions guys. I need to stop being interested in junk. Hell the boat was made when I was 12 years old! :eek:
IT IS A RANGER THOUGH!:hump:
 
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