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View Poll Results: Lima or Duratech engine
Lima 4cyl 1 14.29%
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:10 AM
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Default Lima supercab or dura reg cab

Well, I'm about to pull the trigger on my first ranger, and I would like to make sure I'm choosing correctly.

I have two choices - both from the same dealer and only marginally different in price.

1) A 98 extended cab xlt 2.5L Lima w/ 95k miles or
2) an 03 mazda regular cab with the 2.3L duratec with 110k miles.

Now I was pretty set on the bigger cab Lima because I'm pretty tall. Also I've got a dog that always rides with me that I can imagine wanting to ride in the back of the cab. It'd give me room to put stuff in the cab that I don't wanna get stolen or wet, especially when I travel soon. I was so set on this vehicle, until I started reading about limas vs duratecs...

When I went into this ranger hunt, I was looking for something that got the BEST GAS MILEAGE PERIOD. Sitting in a reg cab I thought, ah, oh well, I'll sacrifice a mpg or two for extended cab. all the fuel stat sites report the duratec getting about 2 mpg better than the lima. But when I read through post after post in this and other forums, people seem to be reporting WAY better gas mileage with their duratecs. Most people with the limas seem to be saying 22mpg or less, while duratec people are saying upper 20s, like 26+. That's like 20% better - so it's got me rethinking this lima extended cab. Obviously I'd like to find an extended cab duratec but there hasn't been any around here for a couple months - so am I gonna be kicking myself for getting the lima or are duratecs gonna get similar mpg? Are there any reasons the lima might be preferrable? Duratecs seem to be reliable, more powerful, and more efficient...

Thanks so much

josh

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Old 03-20-2011, 06:26 PM
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Default Re: Need some advice here...

I cannot comment on the duratec, because I have a lima. Its weak as balls, not the best on gas, but its reliable as hell. My uncle claimed 30mpg with this truck, but I think he was full of shit, I see a city only average of 17, but I may have a heavy foot. The lima has 8 spark plugs, so this means more expensive tune ups, and they're more of a pain in the ass. As for reliability, like I said above, no issues besides wear and tear. Its 12 years old and has 130k on the clock. Doesn't leak a drop of anything, starts every time, never stalled on me, never a hickup at all. I drove it from Colorado to NY without a single issue in January of 2010.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:28 PM
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the lima from what i hear is a tank.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:35 PM
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the lima from what i hear is a tank.
Before I got the truck, my uncle took it to his mechanic. It had 123k on it at the time. He replaced some wear items, and told me he is confident that this truck will see 300k if I take care of it. I will own it until its worthless.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:37 PM
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thats pretty intense man, sounds like a beast of an engine!
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:41 PM
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The duratec engine is good from what I hear. theres in more Ranger/B series with them so parts are easy to get I imagine and the 2.3 has great fuel economy from what I hear. I cant comment on the 2.5 since its not as popular. I would got for the Single cab duratec since your dog can fit in the seat next to you
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