Originally Posted by pcollins
Damn! My first truck was a $700 truck that got the **** beaten out of it by the previous owner and me once I got ahold of it! 2 years straight and that 4.0L never had a problem other than pulleys. Great engines (the pushrod ones, that is). Not even a tick at almost 200k miles after all the beatings.
Unfortunately This truck i have now is the only experience I have with the 2.3L and it only has 5500 miles on it so I cant tell you what kind of maintenance routine i'm gonna be on. The only thing I ever did on all my other trucks was a quakerstate oil change with motorcraft filter every 5-8k miles.
The people that had my truck before me put Quaker State 10w-30 conventional -- because it was cheap and it was oil. They even overfilled the damn thing, and I didn't realize it until much much later when I did my first oil change. Take it from me, use Mobil 1, with the right weight oil of course (something I neglected to do), put good filters in it.
I read an article awhile ago that was written by one of the people that designed the 2.3l duratec engine that goes into the 2001 and newer rangers. He said that the engine was really designed to run with Mobil 1 5w-20. Put that in it. It's worth it.
In hindsight, had I bought my Ranger new and knew all the things I know know about 2.3l ford rangers, I would've done the following differently:
1) Not let other people drive my truck
2) Not taught people to drive stick in my truck
3) Not revved the engine above 4k RPMs for the ---- of it.
4) Not plunged it into 3 ft of water when going to a shooting range
5) Put Mobil 1 5w-20 from the very start -- and nothing else
6) Replaced the spark plugs earlier (the ones that were on there when I got it were stock, and all kind of fouled up, I put e3's on mine) Iridium is the way to go.
7) Been more patient with my shifts.
8) Waxed my truck more often (the clear coat is coming off the bed now)
9) Purchased a really good spray-in bed liner from the onset
10) Taken better care of the brakes & put new ones on there prematurely.
(I ground out my front disks by accident. And. . . The pads that come
from ford are crap ones. Put some low-dust ceramic ones on there and you'll
be much happier, trust me)
11) Greased and sprayed off the underbody better. There were times that I would
go off road in my truck and not spray out the underbody really good. Well, that
has led to rust getting everywhere under there. I should've done a better job.
12) Kept the inside cleaner. After the time that I went off road, I didn't realize it
until later, but submerging my truck actually got mud in the cab b/c of a hole
in the bottom of the floorboard.
13) Not gone over speed bumps so fast. Now I have to replace my upper and lower
14) When I bought the truck, aftermarket exhaust came on it. Later, it rusted and
created an exhaust leak that sounded like crap. I traded IT work for automotive
work and the welding job under there looks like crap. I should've replaced the
15) Not lived in Georgia, where everything rusts to bits. My truck is a California
ULEV spec model with Cali emissions equipment. In Cali, nothing rusts.
16) I wish I had saved up more money so that I could buy another one before they
went out of production :*(**
When I bought this truck, I knew that I would want another one. And I still do. I just hope that Ford brings back the Ranger in the sense of a typical ranger -- a small truck with lots of potential and durability. I love these trucks.