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Old 06-19-2007
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first, I am to old to and fat to drive a stick anymore and am also a "pansy" so i choose a 3.0 with a 5R55E. gas-n-go is the way my son.
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Old 06-19-2007
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Trailer brakes are a necessity as the stock Ranger brakes are barely sufficient to haul down the truck itself.
I agree, its sad. my old 93 2.3L would stop on a dime this beast kinda takes a while... of course my 93 didn't have ABS, but it would be nice if they added 4 wheel discs...
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Old 06-20-2007
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Originally Posted by Steve_O113
Try climbing up a hill after having to stop at the bottom... going up a 3 mile climb in first gear sucks! Auto all the way, wether im going up snowboarding or finding deer iun the woods the 4.0 w/ the auto is the way to go. i drove my 2.3 w/ the manual for 3 years and ill take the auto over the manual every time.
You are comparing hill-climbs in a 2.3L I4 powered truck w/ a manual to a 4.0L V6 powered truck w/ an auto?! Are you positive having an engine w/ nearly 2x the displacement and a crapload more power has nothing to do w/ this?!

I've driven my manual trans LII up the Mt. Washington Auto Road (more) which is 7.6 miles and has an average grade of 11.6%. I found myself using 1st a lot more than I would have expected, but the truck had no problems w/ the climb.

Those w/ autos are specifically recommended to shift into 1st anyway, so it isn't as if the autos are going to cruise up that kind of grade at lower RPM or anything.

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Old 06-20-2007
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A lot of opinions in this one..

I will offer up this tid-bit on late model fords with autos. Tranny fluid quality is a ABSOLUTE MUST.

Change that fluid every 15-20k miles for a DD / tow rig.
Or if yours is a easily driven hwy queen. 25-30k but no more. Changing that fluid is where you'll gain the long life expectantcy out of one.

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