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Old 08-10-2009, 11:40 AM
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Hi, I've recently joined this forum as I am looking to buy my first car. I am pretty sure that I want a Ranger, but I am unsure some of the pros and cons of the different options. Here are some of the things I want: Extended cab, Four cylinder, Five speed. I have heard though that the four cylinder engine (2.3L) is not adequate for the extended cab because of the added weight and you are better off with gas mileage to go to the 3.0L engine. Also, I have heard that the four cylinder accelerates and decelerates good, but doesn't cruise very well at steady rpm on the highway. Does anyone have an opinion on these things? One other question: I am looking to get the best gas mileage possible in a decently reliable pickup. I am not against downshifting going up hills, but does the added weight of an extended cab affect the gas mileage significantly or just some of the performance? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:27 PM
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are you looking a new ranger or used??
also, if your buying new, i think i heard that they dont sell the 3.0L anymore(at least not here in Canada)..
but if your buying used i would reccomend the 3.0L over the four-banger because of the added power and then the engine wont labour as much as it would with the inline four..
thats cool that you want an extended cab with a four cylinder because most of the extended cabs are V6's and the four cylinders usually exist with the regular cab
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:30 PM
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best gas milage possible get a 2.3L 5 speed you can get up around 30MPG

If you want a extended cab get one, it wont hurt you mpg.

Who told you that stuff. They obviously have not driven a ranger the 3.0 is the worst engine ford put in the engine

the 3.0 has no power and get about the same mpg as the 4.0

I can get 21 mpg with my 4.0
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:41 PM
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yeah, i was gonna reccomend the 4.0L but i obviously isnt going to offer the best possible gas milage
however, i would reccoment the 4.0L engine to any "truck" guy who wants the power and capability to tow and haul
i would always opt for the 4.0L
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:51 PM
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4.0 gets good gas mileage. It was comparable to the 3.0 One reasson I think for dropped the 3.slow

More power and mpg was right at the same.

A few mods here and there and you can really get good mpg on a 4.0

If you are wanting more than 20 mpg then a 2.3 5 speed is the only way to go hands down very very good mpg on them. The 2.3 auto gets great mileage also, but not as good as the 5 speed

One think when looking at a truck in general you either

get the power to haul and lose the mpg

Or

get the mpg and not the power.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:12 PM
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ya, ive got the 3.0- pretty bad gas mileage for what it is.. v8 gas mileage with 4 liter power. the 2.3 manual is the best choice for gas mileage for both x cabs and regular cabs.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:14 AM
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I am definitely not buying new. I am looking to spend under $4,000 and hopefully less than that. The 3.0L is the most common engine in the extended cab rangers, but it seems like I'm hearing that it is not as great of an engine when compared to the other two. If then those are the choices I am thinking that I want the less power and better gas mileage 2.3L. I am pretty sure I want a standard transmission as part of the reason for this truck is to learn to drive sticks proficiently besides the added gas mileage benefit. Are there any objections to the manual that I should be aware of?
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:06 AM
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itll be harder to tow trailers. but other than that, manuals are much better than autos for everyday driving, unless you have like bumper to bumper rush hour commutes.
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also the 3.0 L puts out 154 hp stock.. the new 2.3 makes around 148 stock. thats the 09 2.3. but the earlier ones can be tweaked to have as much power as a 3.0
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Only known issues with the manual transmission is the slave cylinder going bad.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:40 PM
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yeah, but i would always condider the auto trannies in the Ranger's as they last pretty good...JUst wondering how many speed the auto tanny is in the 2.3? but if your buying the 4.0L V6 then you might as well get the auto transmission as they are both 5 speed..
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You have to remember the engines used in the ranger are torque tuned. They are not built for horsepower. For example the 4.0L V6 207 horsepower and 236 ft lbs of torque. Also there is less power loss with the 5spd manual in comparison to the 5spd auto. As far as the 2.3L I4 goes, I have a friend who has had two rangers with that engine and has never had a problem. His were both 5spd manuals.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:28 PM
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My 4.0 has good power and gets around 20mpg. The newer 4.0 is better in both categories.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:30 PM
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thanks, i think id opt for the wondrful 2.3 but i think ill have to get the 4.0 for towing and hauling but hey im not complaining
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:30 AM
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Yea the current 4.0L V6 is 207 hp and 236 ft lbs of torque.
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