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2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech General discussion of 2.9L and 3.0L V6 Ford Ranger engines.

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Old 05-12-2012
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if anyone knows of any good mods that work good on a daily driver safely, let me know. 99 3.0
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I have a 3.0 Flex 5sp, it simply feels like im driving a truck with a little car engine. even some of the minor hills will make your speed just drop. maybe its caus its a flex i'm still new to owning a ranger.
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The 'flex' shouldn't change power, unless you are running e85.

Most 3.0's out there probably aren't running 100%.

Mine (99 3.0 5spd) will hold 80mph on level ground even with the bed full of hard wood.
Fully loaded for camping it will hold 75-80 running up I91 in the hills of Vermont(as long as you know when to downshift.). I should add that my buddy with a 4.0 in a 94(96?) ranger said he couldn't get above 65mph on the same hills. How it's running makes a huge difference.

When I first got my truck it seemed to run ok, but was completely gutless. I fixed a lot of things, and it runs better, is still gutless compared to most other things, but it gets the job done.
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The 'flex' shouldn't change power, unless you are running e85.

Most 3.0's out there probably aren't running 100%.
This. Flex fuel and non Flex are rated at the same HP and TQ, however running E-85 through a flex truck increase hp and tq by 9 and 12 respectively.

I recently towed a 1995 Ford Escort on a car dolly 35 miles. The little 3.0 impressed me. Truck had no problem cruising at 65mph in 5th gear on flat ground, had to downshift to 4th on small inclines. Pulled a 6% grade at 60mph in a 30mph headwind with power to spare--running in 3rd gear at 4k rpm.

It's no powerhouse, but it gets great mileage empty and hauls/tows everything I ask of it without complaint.
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So I'm looking at buying a new truck and I found a 3.0 4x4 with 99k on it for 6000obo is it going to feel more powerful than my 2wd 2.3l that I currently have ?
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Auto or 5spd truck?

Either way I doubt a 3.0 will feel more powerful than a 2.3. The 3.0 makes slightly more HP and TQ, but the extra weight of the 4wd will offset the power.
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my buddy had a 94 4.0 ext cab had over 300,000 miles on it when he gave it away to a family friend. its still going strong to this day
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