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Old 06-03-2013
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2001 3.0L to replace a 96 ranger 3.0L? Will it work?

Hey guys I am planning to swap my 3.0 out of my 96 ranger because the previous owner NEVER changed the oil and just added oil to it so it is a sludge motor beyond anything I've ever seen. I found a 2001 3.0 with only 60K miles for $600 but I need to know if it will work in my 96? I'm assuming it will but I will probably need a 2001 ecu as well. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-03-2013
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Reading about people treating vehicles like that makes me pretty disappointed in humanity. You can fix engines. You can't fix stupid. Good luck with the swap!
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Old 06-05-2013
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More then likely it will, you will need the ecu definitely. Also you will need to have it all programmed together. You can thank the pats system for that. I went through this with my 4.0L sohc swap. ECU, key cylinder & key reader, 2 pats keys. If you can get the steering column then you'll be in luck it'll have all that in it, besides the ecu that is.
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