thanks so much for your time. i know nothing about cars, so please forgive my ignorance!
i have a 2004 ford ranger, extended cab with 4WD and 139K miles. blue book trade-in value is about 42-4700. the truck died on the way to work last week, and the diagnosis was a bad alternator. during the diagnostic process, multiple other items were revealed to be in need of service in the near future. this was at a dealership, so i realize their prices are likely inflated.
items still in need of repair:
rear brakes drums and hardware - 469.00
a/c compressor evac recharge - 903.00
rear pinion seal - 202.00
fuel filter 89.95
i paid to have the alternator fixed, and i’m having trouble deciding if i should just trade the car in and buy a new one now, or if it makes sense to sink money into this one for another year or so? i live in phoenix, arizona so the a/c is not optional.
i use the pick-up truck to haul trailers every other month or so, cross-country (typically 12-20 foot trailer with approx. 500-800 pounds of cargo). if the vote is for a new truck, any recommendations on a smaller pickup? the ranger is ok, but the cab is a bit cramped. i was leaning towards a tacoma?
thanks for any ideas/opinions!