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ccode67
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From: douglasville,ga,usa
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 05-16-2002 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK guys, I need some info, I am considering the purchase of a new Ranger. I want your opinions on the engine choices. 3 litre or 4 litre V-6. Not just the power but reliability for the long haul, gas mileage etc..

Thanks.

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67 stang 5 speed, 351W, Edelbrock Performer RPM package
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UnbridledFury
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posted 05-16-2002 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for UnbridledFury   Click Here to Email UnbridledFury     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd go with the 3.0. They seem to be more durable than the 4.0. I have a 3.0 in my Ranger and it has well over 180,000 miles on it with no problems.

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johnmustang
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From: Vancouver Island , British Columbia , Canada
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posted 05-16-2002 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would go with the 4.0 , my brother just sold his and it had 437,000 kilometers on it ( about 263,000 miles ) and still running strong.

JOHN

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70SportsRoof
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posted 05-16-2002 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd go with the 4.0 myself. I used to work with a guy who had a Ranger with the 4.0. He said he had drove a 3.0 before and the 4.0 just seems to have better power. Don't worry about mileage. In front of me I have a brochure for the 2002 Ranger and it shows that as far as mileage there is only about 1 gallon difference between the 3.0 and 4.0. I've been thinking about a Ranger myself, and I'll be looking for one with the 4.0.

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H8CHEVY
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posted 05-17-2002 01:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for H8CHEVY   Click Here to Email H8CHEVY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I definitly would buy the 4.0 The 3.0 motor doesnt provide much power with a trailer or big load in the back of it. But my 95 4.0 just cracked both heads at 125K. Dont know if its a freak thing or not. It sure pulls my trailor out to the desert no problem though!

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Rory McNeil
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posted 05-17-2002 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you looking at a Ranger 4x4? I have a 2002 Ranger sales brochure here, & it looks like you can`t get a 4.0 in a 2 wheel drive anymore. Too bad.

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ccode67
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posted 05-17-2002 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rory McNeil:
Are you looking at a Ranger 4x4? I have a 2002 Ranger sales brochure here, & it looks like you can`t get a 4.0 in a 2 wheel drive anymore. Too bad.

I need to check on that, I'm looking at 2 wheel drive trucks.

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SUBMARINER MUSTANGER
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From: Grandview, Missouri
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posted 05-17-2002 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SUBMARINER MUSTANGER   Click Here to Email SUBMARINER MUSTANGER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a Ford technician, I'd definately go with the 4.0 liter! Both power plants are just as reliable as the other......don't see too many of either one in the shop past their warranty. I personally have a 2001 Ranger 3.0, but after driving the 4.0's, I wish I had spent just a little more and got the 4.0. For me, it was clearly a monthly lease payment issue, or I would have gone with the 4.0 Good luck with your decision!

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ccode67
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posted 05-17-2002 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rory McNeil:
Are you looking at a Ranger 4x4? I have a 2002 Ranger sales brochure here, & it looks like you can`t get a 4.0 in a 2 wheel drive anymore. Too bad.

They don't offer a 4.0 in a regular cab, they do offer the 4.0 SOHC in a 2 wheel drive Super Cab. It's a $1000 option.

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Dad Vishus
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From: Moscow, Iowa, USA
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posted 05-17-2002 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My new 02 Ranger FX4 has about 350 miles on it now. The first fillup got 17 MPG. That was about 140 miles of half town half highway miles.

The motor is the 4.0 with a 5 speed and 4.10 gears. It also has 31" tall tires which kills most of the gear. It's also 4WD.

Don't know if that mileage is typical or not, but I was happy with 17. My 98 F150 4WD with the 5.4 got about 12.

The 4.0 5 speed has plenty of pep and is fun to drive. Factory rating is 207 HP.

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rellik74
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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 05-18-2002 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It depends what you want to do with it I have a 98 Ranger 4x4 4.0 auto. If you are going to do a lot of highway with big hills get the 4.0, if you are going for mpg get the 2.3. I had a 94 with the 2.3 and it is great in most situations except BIG hills.
Get the manual transmission, The auto in my 98 went out at 55,000 miles the 94 has 130,000 miles and the org. clutch.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 05-19-2002 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that 4.0 ain`t too shabby. A friend of mine has a 4.0 5speed RangerXLT, he bought new. I THINK it`s a 92, it was the last year of the original square body style. Anyhow, I went with him on a trip to the dragstrip in Ashcroft BC Canada a few years back, towing his 3000 lb 440 powered Dodge Demon, up some fairly decent mountain passes, & it did a pretty decent job. His truck has the 4.10 gears. Its no 460 F350, but when you pull into a gas station, thats not neccasarily a bad thing!

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80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
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mellowyellow
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posted 05-19-2002 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A woman here wanted a Ranger and got shabby treatment at two Ford dealers. So....she went to a Mazda dealer, and got exactly what she wanted for several hundred less. Same truck,different grille and rear 1/4 panels.

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Mike65
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posted 05-19-2002 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Stuart,
I had a 96 Ranger 4X4 w/a 4.0 litre which had 86,000 miles when it got wrecked (RIP) & I had never had a problem w/it. Now I have a 2000 Ranger w/the 4.0 litre. BTW theyt were both extended cabs. Go w/the 4.0.

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ccode67
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From: douglasville,ga,usa
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posted 05-20-2002 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like everybody likes the 4.0, now I just need to check the $$$ difference and make a decision.

Thanks everybody.

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Stuart MCA #48902
M&M #1091
67 stang 5 speed, 351W, Edelbrock Performer RPM package
91 f-150 xlt
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todmeg
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From: sayreville,nj
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posted 05-22-2002 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for todmeg   Click Here to Email todmeg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hey ccode- i wouldn't buy a ranger / mazda right now unless you can get one built in a plant other than edison NJ. i live only minutes from the plant which is closing real soon. they went from a 24/7 operation down to a day shift only 5 days a week plant. i ran into a uaw guy who has been building cars/truck for ford for 17 years. we talked for a while and i asked him if i should buy a truck from him(ford) he said nope. the morale there is undersdtandably low. i am not sure where else they build the trucks but i would not buy one built in edison. other wise i drove a ranger 3.0 and it flies! the 4.0 is faster but eats a lot more. uhhhh after shopping toyota, ranger/mazda i opted for the nissan. but i still love my AMERICAN BUILT ford maverick! good luck in whatever you decide!

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another Warsteiner lover. and warsteiner isn't all that expensive!
also.. you can run but you can't hide!

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TomP
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posted 05-22-2002 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
3.0L ?

4.0L ?

5.0L !

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