Originally Posted by buicknick72
The 'flex' shouldn't change power, unless you are running e85.
Most 3.0's out there probably aren't running 100%.
This. Flex fuel and non Flex are rated at the same HP and TQ, however running E-85 through a flex truck increase hp and tq by 9 and 12 respectively.
I recently towed a 1995 Ford Escort on a car dolly 35 miles. The little 3.0 impressed me. Truck had no problem cruising at 65mph in 5th gear on flat ground, had to downshift to 4th on small inclines. Pulled a 6% grade at 60mph in a 30mph headwind with power to spare--running in 3rd gear at 4k rpm.
It's no powerhouse, but it gets great mileage empty and hauls/tows everything I ask of it without complaint.
99' Ranger XLT 4x4 Ex. Cab. Lowered 2.5"/2" (Removed blocks & 08 Keys) 3.0FFV, 5spd, 3.73's, 245/70-16's on OE Teardrops. Clear corners, 06 Tail Lights, Tinted Windows, Explorer OHC, U/D Crank Pulley, E-Fan, 02 Composite upper, 05' Ranger half-shafted TB, EGR Delete, 06 Mirrors, Sound Deadened w/Raamat.