I haven't looked into having someone rebuild it. Sounds expensive! I looked into buying a rebuilt engine...about 2300 bucks!
as far as I can tell, they were still using that 2.3l duratec in the ranger up through 2011, so I'm not sure why I can't find an newer, low miles one in a junkyard. Maybe I'm missing something?
Another thing I found interesting is; the Haynes repair manual says the 2.3l duratec is considered un-rebuildable. If that's the case, how is it that there are rebuilt 2.3l engines for sale through reputable suppliers?