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Old 01-16-2011, 06:59 PM
WildlandFirefighter WildlandFirefighter is offline
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I have a 1985 Ford Ranger 4x4 (5spd, 4 cylinder FI gas). I came into a problem couple weeks ago with it. My number 2 spark plug electrode end piece somehow broke off and fell into the engine. It was driving crappy and when I parked and checked the spark plugs I found that the number 2 plug was loose and oil was on it and the little electrode end piece broke. I put in a new plug but it was covered with oil after I pulled it out.

I have a 1990 Ford Bronco (5 spd, 300 I6) that I have had and was going to sell it cause I wanted something good on gas. Well since my Ranger has messed up I have got my Bronco on the road again.

I went like 450 miles onlike 27 gallons or so in my Bronco. I guess that's ok.

PEOPLE say the Ranger won't get 18mpg or so because of the small engine and then it's 4x4...so I don't know.

I'm like 6'4 and room in the Ranger was ok. I mean the Bronco can carry more people and be topless but then I like having a pick-up. In the end it comes up to the MPGs and how it hits the pockets.

People say these 300s can get 20mpg+ with the right gearings and stuff.


I like the Bronco and Ranger. I'm just undecided what I want to do.

Wish I could find a Diesel 4X4 Ranger....maybe that be good on MPG.

At the moment, I don't know what I want to do. I have to get my 460 fixed in my 79 4x4. So that will be my toy truck on the side.


Any ideas what I should do? What would you do?
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:26 PM
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Default Re: Need opinions

personally and honestly, i'd be fixing and driving the bronco, i like the rangers, but i say broncos are better, plus im a big fan of the 300's.

yeah and that 2.3 is only good for like 80 to 90 hp, so its gotta be pretty bad inside of it. from what you said i can tell you it sounds like the piston rings are done for. blue smoke?
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:22 PM
WildlandFirefighter WildlandFirefighter is offline
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Didn't notice no smoke.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:27 AM
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Fix up the Bronco! Rangers are great but going topless in the summer is something that you can't beat.

Those 300s are one of the best engines ford ever had in a vehicle.
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