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Hello everyone. Here is a story I thought you'd appreciate.

I started my own gardening and landscaping company in essex 2 years ago with a second hand mower, a multi-tool strimmer and hedge trimmer that a charity bought for me and a dangerous 1.8 ford escort van that leaked diesel, had warped brakes and had no back door lock.
I worked my ass off, paid for my wedding (this august) then I budgeted £2,500 and set out for my dream vehicle.

I bought a knackered mk1 Ranger with 160,000 miles on the clock in Bogner Regis for £700 and committed a very dodgy 100 mile journey home. It was in perfect condition according to the owner (who was moving house and changed his number the day after I bought it).
The front brakes were rusted, a wishbone was hanging by a thread, the exhaust had developed a hole and cooked the spare wheel to dust.
The intercooler had evidence it had caught fire at some point. The alarm was inoperable. All brakes were unfit and all brake cables were in very bad shape. The radio was dead. The cigarette lighters were unusable. But the only thing I knew was wrong was that it smelt of dog and the tyres were all bald.

£2,000 of garage work later and a week of learning, tinkering and a new alarm system later. I took out the back seats and filled it with my gardening tools.

It's been a year.
I blew the radiator driving to Wales a couple months ago to pick up a border collie pup. The £300 New radiator blew the heater core so no heating anymore.
Compression test still showing up fine...

I love this truck. She's beaten and bruised from previous owners but she's still beautiful to me.
But it's time to buy a new one for the sake of the business image.

What should I do with this glorious beast? How much should I ask if I sell it?
What would you do?

/edit. Y928 BPB if anyone is interested.
 

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It will always be of use to someone in the off road scene or a farmer but how much are you looking to recover? It's nice that you gave it a new lease of life but 4x4s are in demand and sell pretty easy especially to people started out just like yourself. I'm glad you've built yourself up to a position where you can buy a better truck and my advice would be to get a mk5 transit (smiley) with the banana engine.
 

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I really don't know how much is fair to ask.
People I ask say that the roll-bars alone could cost £700 second hand so I got a great deal.
Mechanics have said £2,500 second hand is a good price but they'll have it sold on in minutes.

I'm asking for advice really.
I do have a lot of local farmers and the RFW is in perfection condition.

I also don't know if I want to sell it.
Maybe I just buy some land, get some farm attachments like a plough and burn her out myself :p
As for the advice, I love a transit, but I will never drive anything but a Ranger now I think.
 
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