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4 cyl or 6cyl??

I'm looking into buying a ranger, because I want a truck and respectable gas mileage. I am currently looking at a 1997 Ranger XLT 2.3L stick and a 1998 Extended Cab ranger with the 3.0L V6 automatic. Any suggestions? Or other model??
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If you want a truck with respectable mileage the only option you really have is the 4 cylinder, more specifically the 2.3 Duratech in the later model Rangers. The older 2.3 and 2.5 Lima's get only marginally ok mileage for a 4 banger.
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So none of the older ones are any good for gas mileage? Anyone know how long these engines run? I'm kind of on a tight budget as I'm in college and just trying to trade my car for a 4x4. I've been looking at everything under 3000. So I don't know if i could find a newer one cheap enough.
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So none of the older ones are any good for gas mileage? Anyone know how long these engines run? I'm kind of on a tight budget as I'm in college and just trying to trade my car for a 4x4. I've been looking at everything under 3000. So I don't know if i could find a newer one cheap enough.
Well the older 4 bangers are still better than the V6's mileage wise but its really marginal unless you limit yourself to a standard cab, 2wd manual. Plus getting a 4x4 with a 4 banger is very hard to do, they stopped doing a 4 banger/ 4x4 combo around 1993 if Im not mistaken. Any of the engines you can get in a ranger from about the early 90's on will be very reliable though, they can all run for a very long time if kept up on.
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So none of the older ones are any good for gas mileage? Anyone know how long these engines run? I'm kind of on a tight budget as I'm in college and just trying to trade my car for a 4x4. I've been looking at everything under 3000. So I don't know if i could find a newer one cheap enough.
No ranger is good for gas mileage...they get fullsize mpg..and if you're in college keep the car until you get out
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No ranger is good for gas mileage...they get fullsize mpg..and if you're in college keep the car until you get out
This isnt entirely true. A newer duratech 2wd standard cab can pull down high 20's for mileage.
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Let me rephrase that...v6 rangers get fullsize mpg
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my 4.0 would get 18-19 when it was stock.

either way my old 1992 4cyl 2.3 would get high 20s easy. Depends on your commute and driving habits usually.
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There is a truck i nthe classifieds that is for sale, 1993 for 1800. 4cyl
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So it's a lie then when people say they are getting 27 mpg? It seemed like a lot of people said that.
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So it's a lie then when people say they are getting 27 mpg? It seemed like a lot of people said that.
Depends on what they are driving. If its got a V6 in it they are feeding you a line of BS
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So it's a lie then when people say they are getting 27 mpg? It seemed like a lot of people said that.
The best I have ever tested is a little over 26 MPG and that is about half highway half city.

I average 24-25.

The worst I have ever got was 19.

This is with the truck in the ad above.

I was consistently getting 21 MPG until I took out the air cleaner silencer tube and found out the exhaust was plugged.
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