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View Poll Results: How many original miles are on your Vulcan V6?
0 to 50,000 miles 5 3.42%
50,000 to 100,000 miles 25 17.12%
100,000 to 150,000 miles 43 29.45%
150,000 to 200,000 miles 42 28.77%
200,000 to 250,000 miles 24 16.44%
250,000+ miles 7 4.79%
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It's ab old thread, but I'll bite. I had ~130k on my 02 til it was pulled out a few weeks ago for the swap. Sold the complete engine for $600.
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Recently rolled 194k miles, runs like a top. Got 23mpg hwy on a trip to the coast last fall. Going to take a picture of the odo when she rolls 200k.
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Old 10-26-2015
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It's been a while, and I'm close to turning 175,000 miles on my Ranger 3.0. No issues to speak of other than replacing a troublesome camshaft position sensor and alternator awhile back.

Hoping to get at least another 75,000 miles out of her, as I'm planning to change out my clutch in the near future (I think that it's starting to go out on me).
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Just purchased my 1996 Green Ranger with 188000 miles a month ago. Doesn't burn any oil and it runs fine. Changed oil and used Motorcraft filter and 10w30 Valvoline oil. Hoping for many more miles!
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325,000 original miles on the 2005 body and frame however there are between 25-50k on the new 2004 motor put in before my ownership and i have owned the truck for about a year
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Old 12-03-2015
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takes a lickin and keeps on tickin!
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I have 191,000 on it, every 3,000 or 4,000 and ive only ever run full synthetic and now im running high mileage oil and a fram tough guard filter
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291,487 miles on my 1993 Ranger 3.0 V6.
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291,000 miles on original engine. At least no engine change since I bought it in 1998 with 122,000 miles. I use ordinary non-synthetic 10W-30 oil of the type the owner's manual recommends, changing it and the oil filter at about 5,000 miles. It uses about 1/2 quart per 1,000 miles, and does not leak enough to mess my driveway.
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o1 ranger dnt go over 80mph

In 5th gear I'm going 70,rpm all the way up in dnt have any more gears to go into, plus goes up lng hills slow no matter what gear I'm in. Any advice, ty.
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Not to necro or anything, saw this post when researching mine. Just got 'er, 04 XLT 3.0, 201,000 miles. Idles normally. But I can tell this thing was serviced routinely.
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I have a picture of when it rolled 200k, forgot to post it up when it happened. Will hit 222k this week, still running strong and uses only a quart of oil every 5k miles.
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99 xlt 4x4 331k miles 3.0 and the head gasket just went
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My DD (2000 3.0 auto 2WD) has just over 120k. I always use Quaker State 5w-30 conventional high mileage oil and a Purolator filter twice a year.
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99 xlt 4x4 331k miles 3.0 and the head gasket just went
Should still be under warranty. Call your local Ford dealer and complain.
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2002 XLT

2002 Ford Ranger XLT. 170,000 miles. Had to replace the water pump but other than that truck is running great. I used moblie 1 5w20. Red line transmission fluid.
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I change my oil and filter every 3000-3500 miles.
I bought the truck at 45000 miles.Ever since I've used Full synthitic pennzoil platium or NAPA brand full syn.
5w-20.Only thing I've done major,is a new water pump.
When I'm at red lights or sitting still,you can barely tell the motor is running at all.
See ya,Old retired guy
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I got the '04 Ranger in 2010 as payment on an overdue debt and it had just over 60k miles with unknown service history. We used it as a parts runner on the farm until 2 years ago when we planted the entire farm in pine trees. At that time it had 88k miles on it and all we had done to it was change the oil every 5k with Mobile1 and a Motorcraft filter.

I have since run the odometer up to 128K. During this time it had the original plugs replaced at 100k and again at 126k (wires at 100k also). I have also replaced the ignition coil twice in the past year. It also got the original fuel filter changed out at 90k. It had the transmission serviced for the first time at 95K. I replaced the original shocks at 95k also. Besides fixing failed or extremely worn parts I am trying to make sure it gets the required maintenance now.

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240,000 on 2001 3.0

Always done the $20 - $30 oil change since Iíve had it, original suspension and 5 speed transmission, still runs like a top and gets 21 mpg on average... could probably use a tune up 😂
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Hey all, new member here. Just bought a GORGEOUS gold 2000 XLT 3.0 4x4 that had 198k and I just turned her over 200k. Obviously a meticulously cared for vehicle since it runs, drives, and looks like new. Im amazed at how tight everything feels as far as running gear, obviously never taken seriously off-road (outer condition and such tight, no-drift steering with oversized tires on it). Was wondering if something was amiss after driving it home over the pass and the very poor power, but that seems to be the only major complaint I've been finding- Poor upper end performance-. So I will be replacing the intake filter to a high-flow K&N setup, or just filter if people here seem to think is all that is necessary there.
Will post pic's later when I get them taken.
I do sense (if i punch it going up pass and it shifts to 2nd) I may need to at LEAST have tranny flushed, due to a slight slipping when it shifts, and hope that is all it needs. Bought it just for 4x4 use, as my '77 Chevy K10 Stepside with 650k miles on it (but like new interior and near perfect body- Bought last year from ORIGINAL OWNER) is too rare a classic in its condition to be knocking around in the mountains.
My son's stepfather has a 1998 he still drives with 196k on it, thats the reason (and beautiful condition) I bought this one and feel the $2500 paid was fair deal.
Thanks, I look forward to all the knowledge and tips I know I will receive on this forum!
Cheers!!
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Old 10-21-2017
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Rangers are horribly wheezy it seems, and no, i wouldn't recommend a K&N - i would make sure there isn't foreign matter in the air intake, and just get a Motorcraft or Fram air filter.

General tuneups and maintenance, concentrating on things like making sure brakes are free, bearings are well, transmission and drive lines are clean/lubed will get you the best performance.
Check the plugs are not burnt right down on one bank (check your drivers side, should have a pin in the center electrode)
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My 3.0 (1993 XLT, AT) has about 302,500 miles. I use 5W-20, sometimes 10W-20, and change oil and filter every 5,000 miles.

Other things have needed replacement and repair (transmission, starter several times, alternator). The engine running strong (of course it is not a powerhouse), uses one quart of oil every 1,500 - 2,000 miles.
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My 03 Ranger 2WD standard cab with 3.0L has 214K miles and just started to run rough, might be time for new heads!
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Almost 228k and I use full syn 5w-30 for long time now, use to use a syn blend and change oil and filter between 4-5k miles.

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