Originally Posted by ranger024x4
ive heard many things about the 2.5, and unreliable isn't one of them
Originally Posted by warfordgd
not that they aren't reliable, I heard they are succeptible to over heating and cracking between the spark plugs is this just one persons opinion. what is the forums opinion of the 2.5 ?
Your 2.5L computer will run a 95-97 2.3L LIMA engine just fine with a re-tune. There's isn't much difference between the two...little bit of head difference and of course the stroke gain of the 2.5. The computer will NOT run a 2.3 Duratec found in '01.5-'12 trucks.
The Lima engine's are reliable, stout, and pretty economical little dinosaur engines. Though under powered, I've seen them unopened with 300,000+ miles on them. Plus they're stupid simple to work on....blow 'em apart and put 'em back together.
If I was in your shoes, if she's got lower miles, pop for pistons and a re-ring job. If she's high in miles, start looking for as-low-as-you-can-find replacement engines. 98-00 2.5L. Check out car-part.com...it's an online database of junkyards by region and their inventories.