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Longevity of the engine more than anything. Mine's over 70,000 miles and the only things I really need to do is replace two rubber hoses that have started to rot. Other than that it still runs great.
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didnt really know much about the rangers when i bought my truck. i just really liked the looks of it and it ran mint. the 5 speed is so simple to shift for a truck, you dont have to jam it into gear. the 3.0 will last a while and im used to engines lasting long since i previously owned older volvos.

people bust on 3.0s but i love it. when it needs to haul ***, its got *****. it gets good mileage for a truck and you can always have stuff in the bed. thats why i got my 3.0, plus it was cheap!
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availability and cost...
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I forgot to mention in my post but my 3.0 has a little over 130,000 miles on it with the first motor and tranny. The previous owner neglected the cooling system and my water pump went out at about 125,000 miles. I work my truck alot pulling trailers and pulling my friends out of mud holes which sometimes I feel like I own a towing service cause it seems like when someone gets stuck i'm alway's the first person they call.
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I have a 98 3.0 and my 07 xlt with a 2.3 and 5 speed even though it has 5 hp less and not as much torque blows away driving the 3.0 just driving the 3.0 now is slow I dont even try to get on it because it takes forever and the 2.3 with the 5 spd is actually quicker and alot more fun to drive a.
Have you considered the weight difference between the single cab 2.3 and the extended cab 3.0 as being a factor in this?
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When I bought mine new in 02, I fought tooth and nail to get a 4.0 in it, but Ford simply did not make a 4.0/5-speed/regular cab/4x4 combo, so 3.0 it was. My dealer (brother-in-law at the time) looked high and low, and we actually had to wait for this one to roll off the assembly line. Apparently no one likes regular cabs and 5-speeds any more.
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the engine was the last thing that i cared about when i got my truck. all that mattered was that it ran and drove really nice. and it looked cool. i didn't buy a ranger to go fast. a ranger is the last thing i would buy to make into a race car. sure a 4.0 would be nice w/ the extra power but i dont really need it. its just my daily driver, i dont street race or anything, and with the money im not spending on the ranger im building a car that will stomp any 4.0
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cuz it was between the ranger a civic or chevy reg. cab...
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i bought my 3.0 cause i was contacted by my aunt who has a dealership saying hey this guy wants to sell his truck ( i knew i wanted a truck) and it just so happend i got a 2000 trailhead 3.0 truck for 5,500 and ive put about say 2k into it (only cause i just bought tires) but i still think its worth it, and it gets pretty darn good gas mileage

[edit] ohh almost forgot my engine has 90500 miles on it and still runnin like a champ

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I can say that the 3.0 is the best all around motor you can get in the Ranger's in my opinion.
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I bought the 3.0 because all of the rangers with the 4.0 were out of my price range at the time. I can't say that I'm dissapointed with the smaller engine because if I wanted a truck with more power I would have bought one with a v8.
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I bought the 3.0 because all of the rangers with the 4.0 were out of my price range at the time. I can't say that I'm dissapointed with the smaller engine because if I wanted a truck with more power I would have bought one with a v8.

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Got mine cuz it only had 41,000 miles on it, ran like a top and looked great! Plus I got a screamin' deal on it.
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Because it's what came in the truck I bought....I actually wanted a 4.0, but I couldn't find one in a regular cab shortbed.
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Have you considered the weight difference between the single cab 2.3 and the extended cab 3.0 as being a factor in this?
the ext cab shouldnt be that much heavier also since the 3.0 has more hp and more torque than it should be a faster feeling truck then.
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the ext cab shouldnt be that much heavier also since the 3.0 has more hp and more torque than it should be a faster feeling truck then.

It is that much heavier. The few 3.0 single cab Rangers I've seen at the track can keep up with a 4.0 extended cab. Weight is huge when it comes to acceleration. We are talking 50HP between 3.0 and 4.0.
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when i bought my truck i bought it for what it was,i realy never thought about the motor,hmmmm,it ran great and served it's purpose.
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no power

my 1999 ford ranger 4x4 xlt has no power in fifth gear why is that? do i need a bigger engine or a engine swap to a 350 chevy small block? i helpped my friend on his 87 ranger we put in a 350 in his so does anyone think it will work on mine?
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my 1999 ford ranger 4x4 xlt has no power in fifth gear why is that? do i need a bigger engine or a engine swap to a 350 chevy small block? i helpped my friend on his 87 ranger we put in a 350 in his so does anyone think it will work on mine?
Remember the Chevy advertisement, "Like a Rock" ? It sits in your yard, and moss grows on it!!

So, if you want your truck to run, use any other manufacturer engine besides GM!!!
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didnt kno much bout rangers when i got mine, had enough power for me at the time.. was a badass little enigne.. it went through hell and back through mud,water,sand etc plus pushing 35's with stock 4.10's...w 73k on it ran the hell outta that truck.. never had a problem with it
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i dont know muck about the 3.0's but how can people say they last longer than the 4.0 SOHC? the 4.0 only been out for about 5 years....
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^^^^^Thats why in my post I put (don't know how long they last) about the 4.0. The 3.0 has been around for 20+ years and as I said, it will go 300,000+ when properly maintained... I hope my 4.0 goes that long, but 200,000+ is good too...
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I was looking for a Ranger for a great price and I found mine on a Website for 11,000 with 11,000 miles on it. Well it turns out the price was really 17,000 and I got it for 11,000 because they marked the mileage as the price so I got a huge discount because I called and bought it right away.


Its like it was meant to be!
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i dont know muck about the 3.0's but how can people say they last longer than the 4.0 SOHC? the 4.0 only been out for about 5 years....
the 4.0 in general has been around a long time in rangers as well...
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the 4.0 in general has been around a long time in rangers as well...
what i was told was that the OHC and SOHC 4.0's are totaly different engines... i know the prefore like night and day
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