You don't say what you want to do???
You have an '01 Ranger with 2.3l duratec engine, 2WD, Auto? or Manual trans?
Do you want to replace the engine or maybe the transmission?
The 2.3l duratec 23NS engine was used in 2001-2011 Ford Rangers or 2001-2010 Mazda B2300, any 2.3l engine from one of these would work fine.
It was also used in quite a few front wheel drive Fords, so transverse mounted, 2.3l 23EW, you could use the long block from one of those.
This engine was actually design for transverse mounting, and one unfortunate aspect of that is a rear coolant hose fitting, if it breaks you have to remove the transmission to get to it, yes remove the transmission to fix a coolant leak, ouch.
2000 and earlier Rangers and Mazdas used the 2.3l/2.5l Lima engines, totally different engine than the duratec, so these won't just bolt in.
Last edited by RonD; 03-16-2015 at 06:48 PM.