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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 08-21-2007
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You 4.0 guys sure like to brag.

Maybe the 3.0 is slow because it's saving up for 250,000 miles.
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Old 08-22-2007
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because you wanted the power of a 4cyl and the gas mileage of a 6 cyl?
ROFL!!
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You 4.0 guys sure like to brag.

Maybe the 3.0 is slow because it's saving up for 250,000 miles.
that wasnt my case.
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that wasnt my case.
and.......
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because you wanted the power of a 4cyl and the gas mileage of a 6 cyl?
PShhhh... ever drove a 4 cyl? if you haven't... you don't have no idea... the 3.0 is like a s/c 2.3L to me... maybe I'm just happy and satisfied...
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When I started buying Rangers I thought the 3.0's WERE the big engine. Seriously.

On my 4th Ranger I finally opted for a 4.0 4x4 and there were none in Austin out of 400 or so Rangers in stock at 4 Dealers.

Someone correct me, but I think the 3.0 was designed and is built in the US, the 4.0 is German or Italian or something like that. Another reason to get the 3.0.

All the more reason I would want a 4.0 instead of a 3.0. I dont really care though its not like the 4.0 has a huge ammount of power anyways. 4.O FTW
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PShhhh... ever drove a 4 cyl? if you haven't... you don't have no idea... the 3.0 is like a s/c 2.3L to me... maybe I'm just happy and satisfied...
compared to the 2.3 duratech it gives the 3.0 a run for its money gas and power wise.
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Old 10-21-2007
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Because I dont have a large enough ego to have a 4.0 sohc. My dad has a 4.0 ohv and it seems to be a decent motor. it has decent power but im the last one laughing at the gas pump. the slave clyinder took a crap on his truck so i pulled him home with my vulcanator about 5 miles without a problem
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because it was affordable,and i liked the truck
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umm because my first truck w/ 4.0 blew up at 150k... I miss the power tho, but I'm at 180k right now & still goin strong. If were to buy a 08 ranger today I'd go with a 4.0... way more fun to drive, & you can actually tow somethin with it
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LOL, i just liked the truck, didnt matter if it was a 3.0 or a 4.0. ALthough, I just pulled home another Ranger (bout 200 miles) and had no problems.
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Ibought mine because I wanted a motor that would last a long time as well as get good gas mileage....When I bought the truck, I was driving 150 miles round trip per day. It is a little slow, but it gets me where I need to go and a few places I shouldnt have been lol
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1994 truck, bought it in 1997 from the original owner. Didn't know there was a 4L, I only knew the choice was V-6 or I-4, I went V6. Never regretted it.
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cause it used to be a representation truck for my dads company and they wanted a bigger one so i got this one...
love it .. but when i get more set inlife im dropping atleat a 302 in it
(by that time my best friend will be ASE certified and yeah .. id have money hahah)
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I bought it because I couldn't find a truck with what I wanted w/ a 4.0 on any dealer lot plus, a buddy of mine told me that the 3.0 will last 2-3x longer than the 4.0.

My salesguy actually owned a Ranger w/ a 3.0 (manual tranny though) so I figured there must be something good about them if he had one.
Actually, the salesguys ussually drive around whatever is not selling, but still good call on getting the 3.0
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Actually, the salesguys ussually drive around whatever is not selling.
Always somebody to bring a brother down. Real ray of sunshine aren't you.
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compared to the 2.3 duratech it gives the 3.0 a run for its money gas and power wise.
my friend has an 01 2.3 and that thing is so damn slow. He has gotten beat by 2.2L s10s and those are slow as hell to. I let him take off infront of me giving it all hes got and I can take off and just go around him like its nothing. However, im sure he'd do a lot better than what he does if he had lower gears and a manual.

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Old 10-24-2007
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bought it used and I wanted a edge. A 3.0 was all I could find
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because its a sweet truck! supercab 4x4 for a real good price...looks good and is supposed to last forever.
if i wanted i powerful truck i would buy an F350 diesel or a lighning...
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I got one because i had no choice lol,it was that or nothing,i dont think there too bad just needs some work to make it badass.it has potential,plus i like the size of the truck its not too big.
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Actually You would think its the opposite in terms of engine life.
Smaller engines do infact usually last longer, but the reality is that when they are placed in heavy/large vehicles, they are forced to struggle and suffer far more strain than larger engines.

A 4.0 can easily chug along a ranger, and not even break a sweat, but a 3.0 would most likely struggle a little when pushing it, and thus creating more heat/friction/wear and tear.

Its like have a 6'2 200lb man pushing a wheel barrel full of bricks up a hill, at the end he will probably be slightly winded. Try the same thing with a 4'5 95lb manand you will probably need a medic.

The 3.0 is still a solid engine though.
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I love my 3.0 ihave put about 155k on it and have never had to replace anything but plugs wires and oil i would def buy another
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well the guy who sold me the truck told me it was a 4.0, which i had no idea either way. I previously had a Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi, and just assumed the ford 4.0 was slow as dirt. Didnt know any better. Come to find out that in 2006 the 3.0 was used in 89% of all rangers.
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because that's what came in the truck when I got it for cheap off of a friend

although my favorite posted reasons are:
-I'm an idiot
-I didn't know
-I thought a V6 = it's not a 4-cyl! this thing will kick ****!
-4 cylinder performance, V8 gas mileage (that's right, I got ~ the same gas mileage as my friend w' a 4.6LV8)
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It came with the truck.....LOL
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