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Old 06-06-2009, 11:35 PM
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No problem getting all the plugs out of my 1991. I love the 8 plug version, mine had allot more pep the my daughters 1996 4 spark plug verson (I think that was the year )

The biggest pain for me is getting the plug wires off the plugs.
maybe that was the difference... his was a 96 stepside 2wd. I wasnt a big fan haha. I did a lot of work on that thing :/ i don't think ive ever seen a ranger need so much work
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:36 PM
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I suggest the 2.3 for what you are doing. The gas mileage will be pretty good with the 2.3. Somewhere between 25mpg and 30mpg. I have no idea what the guy saying the 2.3 means. My Ranger does 95mph at 3400RPM no sweat even with a headwind. Good luck!
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:12 AM
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I suggest the 2.3 for what you are doing. The gas mileage will be pretty good with the 2.3. Somewhere between 25mpg and 30mpg. I have no idea what the guy saying the 2.3 means. My Ranger does 95mph at 3400RPM no sweat even with a headwind. Good luck!
Roger that! My 2.3 Ranger was never short on power until recently and it'll still pull a trailer at 70MPH. Of course mine has 4:10 gears (from the factory) I believe they do this so it can handle loads with gusto. I pulled my son's boat 70 miles one way at highway speeds and never knew it was back there...power wise.

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Old 09-14-2011, 05:14 PM
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hi, im looking into buying a ranger (1993- 00) and i just wanted to get some inside info from you current owners, i have searched for a bit but i have not really gotten any good answers, so in your opinion which ranger engine is the best? 2.3, 3.0, 4.0? which is the best overall, which should i stay away from? most reliable? which tends to break down more often? i would like to use this as a work truck but nothing crazy, i wont be hauling anything heavy, maybe some seasonal mulch or wood around the house.. so let me know what you think and why, i thank you in advance, also are there any model years i should stay away from?
4.0L 00 and older. just go for the big, we are all guys and we know how we are.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:52 PM
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i have a 3.0 an it treats me great. =) mine sat for 4 years an the only things i had to do was give it a tune-up. i had to get some extra parts on the side. but that was because of one of its past owner's faults. i feel the 3.0 is a good balance between power and gas milage. its also a 5spd manual. that also gives it a few more mile to the gallon. i had no knowlege what so ever on how to work a truck when i fisrt got my mine. lol so i was dreading trying to fix it myself. but after starting it. it wasn't to bad it was pretty strait forward. my truck is a 1/2 model so the engine is a 94 year while the body is a 93. watch out for that. lol good luck on the buy. but beware, i looked up my truck on internet and according to ford it had some recalls. but overall the reveiws for it were positve for being reaible and all around pretty solid. =) so far i encountered no really big problems that i couldn't takle myself. but again, good luck on the truck hunting. =)
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:47 PM
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The 3.0 is stoneage. Even by 1980's standards it was. Pushrods, solid iron, I just can't appreciate an engine that was so obsolete when it was brand new. I mean, simplicity is good and all, but that was pretty backwards... Why was detroit so terrified of 4 valvers for so long??
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:18 PM
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i have the 3.0. I love it and hate it. Im getting close to 200k on the dash and love it because it seems like its a reliable engine (knock on wood) but then again I have never owned the 2.3 or the 4.0
If you dont tow anything or need power, I might go for the 2.3 for the MPG. However if it were me I would be driving around in the 4.0 if I could.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:39 PM
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i like my 2.3 5 speed
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:43 PM
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I like my 4.0
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:46 PM
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I love my 99 2.3 5speed i wouldnt trade it for the world i looked at a f150 jacked up with a built 302 and turned it down cus i didnt want to give up the danger ranger its 2wd and i take it mudding and rem the piss out of it all the time has 216,000 miles and i can still power brake for as long as i want i left a black mark for a good 200ft the other day go with the 2.3

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And i pull a 18ft boat with the 2.3 with little to no problems
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:49 PM
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I've owned my 4.0L Ranger for 4 years and never had a single problem with the engine. Currently I have about 100k miles on the truck; I drive it everyday. Now it all depends on your driving style, but I personally get 20 MPG (with bald tires and old spark plugs). I'm a poor college student, don't criticize me! As far as power goes, I couldn't imagine driving a 3.0L (no offense). The 4.0L has an acceptable amount of power, but it's nothing special (wishing I had the SOHC). To be honest, you can't go wrong with any of the Ranger engines. Just buy what suits you best, don't worry about reliability. Take care of the truck and it will take care of you.
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