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No way a 3.0 Ranger is more powerful than a 4.0 ranger. My 4.0 can keep up with my buddies Tacoma trd. I'd like to see a 3.0 do that. In any case, not saying its a bad engine, just saying its common knowledge that they're slow as all hell.
(unless its turboed)
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Hi I'm a highschool student and was looking at either the 4.6L or 4.0l. My school is in mostly city driving and I want to get good on gas while being to head out to the lake and get the truck dirty. Thanks.
More on topic, I think you should decide what you need that truck for. If you are mainly trying to tow and haul loads, go with the f150. If you want a dd or go trail riding, go with the Ranger. Some trails where i go riding aren't even wide enough to fit a full size.

Also one thing people didn't mention: parking a full-size truck, especially an extended cab full-size, is alot more tricky than parking a compact truck. That, in itself, is worth it to me, especially around the holidays!
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Your friend either didn't know how to drive or had one lemon of a 4.0 SOHC. The only shitty thing about the 4.0 SOHC is some of the earlier ones had timing chain problems. Mine is still working well at over 130,000 miles.

The only thing a OHV engine has over the SOHC engine is 2 lb-ft of torque at 1000 to 1500 rpm. Otherwise the SOHC dominates, especially at 2400 rpm and above. I tow my race car all over the country and would never consider exchanging for a OHV.

I average 16 mpg around town,18 highway and 14 towing. That is better than what I could get with my 89 2.9L Ranger 4WD at 15 mpg around town, 18 highway and 13 towing.
you can't **** up hitting the gas to the floor in an automatic. weird they are always the ones showing up for warranty work at the dealership. Id take a 3.0 over a 4 any day between the two. I don't care if its not as "powerful" i'd rather have something more reliable. even when overheated 4 times the 3.0 in a local b3000 still runs without replacing. that kid is a moron though. its personal preference really but if i were to buy a used ranger again it would be 04+ so i wouldn't have "early" sohc bs problems.
im going RWD for my next car so i don't care about either


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dont get me wrong the 3.0 is a decent motor...just a little underpowered IMO
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dont get me wrong the 3.0 is a decent motor...just a little underpowered IMO
compared to anything they're both underpowered but in comparison to eachother yes it is
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oh yea you put a 4.0 in a ranger up against the 4.0 in the taco/frontier its no comparision...they **** on the ranger 4.0
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I have owned both. Got 185k out of my 3.0.Very reliable. Power was ok but pinged ALL the time, no matter what you did. Had a 4.0 in a 2006 xplorer and now in my 2010 ranger. 4.0 all the way. To me power is very good in the 4.0 What kind of numbers do Tacos produce?
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oh yea you put a 4.0 in a ranger up against the 4.0 in the taco/frontier its no comparision...they **** on the ranger 4.0
Truer words were never spoken. Ford should have updated these engines years ago. Nissan and toyota both put brand new v6s in their small trucks, and we got the relatively ancient cologne. I was surprised though, when I was following my buddy in his '09 tacoma. We both gunned it to right under 70 on a highway and I kept right up with him. I'm sure if we raced from a launch he'd pull away pretty quick though.

Truck trend rates the tacoma at 7.8 on the 0-60 http://www.trucktrend.com/features/c...ta_tacoma.html

'bout half a second quicker, going by the 8.3 sec on the 4.0 Ranger

ecoboost + ranger= dream.
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I have owned both. Got 185k out of my 3.0.Very reliable. Power was ok but pinged ALL the time, no matter what you did. Had a 4.0 in a 2006 xplorer and now in my 2010 ranger. 4.0 all the way. To me power is very good in the 4.0 What kind of numbers do Tacos produce?
like 275HP and 265-270TQ...i work at a toyota and let me tell you the 4.0s haul ***!
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like 275HP and 265-270TQ...i work at a toyota and let me tell you the 4.0s haul ***!
Did Toyota just update their engine in the taco? I seem to remember it at like 240 horses.
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^im not sure on that...im gonna have to find out lol...i might be wrong on the power ratings lol either way its more than the ranger
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I know the Frontier is 265hp and 280 lb-ft torque (or was in 05 when I had mine).
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In any case, whoever buys a pickup truck to go fast is just a goober....haha. I do like my truck to have some ***** though. I'm happy with my Ranger for what it is. City, highway or trail, it has never let me down. knock on wood.

Poor OP, I don't think he cares about the engine specs on them foreign jobs.

I also found these neat articles on therangerstation, it has some good info on the 4.0 and the 3.slowwww.

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http://therangerstation.com/tech_lib...rformance.html

http://therangerstation.com/tech_library/4_0_Page.html
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heres my opinion, i drive a 350 with a 5.4, yes mpg is a thing of the past, i want my ranger back, if you dont need a big truck dont get one, i still think i need this truck..........


my ranger went everywhere and did everything i needed it too


also my ranger on 35's with a 4.0 and 4.10's would hang with my buddys 08 tacoma 4.0 stock height down the highway, he'd pull alittle but not enough to brag about......4.0's are quick, tacomas not much more


my old 3.0 was a god damn war hero, those engines are awesome, i tortured mine with 35's and 4.10's driving it like an idiot and never once did it give in to me, i wouldnt avoid that engine ever

either way rangers rule..........f$ck me for getting rid of mine........
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heres my opinion, i drive a 350 with a 5.4, yes mpg is a thing of the past, i want my ranger back, if you dont need a big truck dont get one, i still think i need this truck..........


my ranger went everywhere and did everything i needed it too


also my ranger on 35's with a 4.0 and 4.10's would hang with my buddys 08 tacoma 4.0 stock height down the highway, he'd pull alittle but not enough to brag about......4.0's are quick, tacomas not much more


my old 3.0 was a god damn war hero, those engines are awesome, i tortured mine with 35's and 4.10's driving it like an idiot and never once did it give in to me, i wouldnt avoid that engine ever

either way rangers rule..........f$ck me for getting rid of mine........
I agree with pretty much all this. If you don't have a need for a fullsize don't get one.
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you're comparing a v6 to a v8 and 2 liters of difference. hp doesn't really mean ****, its mainly torque.

my 3.0 on 33's was faster than my friends 2003 4.0 on 245 75 16 and it also out pulled it. its a shitty motor. I'd rather have an OHV if i got stuck with a 4.0
that is down right impossible if both drivers are remotely equal, my 02' 4.0 2wd ranger was dead even with my dads old 96' mustang gt

the 4.0 likes to rev and most people dont seem to have the ***** to take it all the way up to 6000rpm where it shines
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^im not sure on that...im gonna have to find out lol...i might be wrong on the power ratings lol either way its more than the ranger
tacos are still 238hp, only the fj got a boost up for some reason
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Thats what I thought. When I was buying my truck I did research on all the compact pickups, and I remember the taco didn't have that much over the Ranger, especially when you figure in the weight difference. Now you supercharge that Toy, and it'll go 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds lol. Though, I think the supercharger cost about $6k, which is like what my entire truck costs from the used car dealer lol.
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"either way rangers rule..........f$ck me for getting rid of mine......."

Dude get another one! Before they are all gone! Theres this rumor going around that Ford won't be making the Ranger anymore.....
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It really comes down to what you need and what your looking at. Rangers are being discontinued. In 5-10 years parts are gonna be tough to come by where as the f150 is still in production. If your a big dude an f150 is much roomier has the power to haul alot more weight, generally gets the same mpg with alot more power and costs about the same upfront. Go with the f150.

I own an 04 ranger and a e350 cutaway van.
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The only other reason I'd want the F150 over the ranger is because I'm a big guy with bigger shoulders than my buddy's that own rangers and I wonder if I even fit? I know the expedition and the explored are like the same as the trucks and there's such a difference in the drivers seat
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I'd personally go with the F150 but if you dont feel like you need the extra room get the ranger. You can have fun in both and depending on the engine your mileage will be close (Within 5MPG's) My dads 05 gets around 14 - 15 on a good day and my ranger averages about 17 - 18. He has a 5.4 though and Im in a 3.0.
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I agree with pretty much all this. If you don't have a need for a fullsize don't get one.
Really? I'm struggling right now, like it's keeping me up at night and interfering with my work. I have a '99 RWD Ranger reg cab and the RWD bugs me, the reg cab bugs me, and the lack of AC bugs me. I have a dealer holding a brand new 2011 Ranger 4X4 ext cab with AC for me for $17,400 (things cost more in Canada)

But my wife wants me to get a USED F150 with 100,000km or more for the same money. If she would go camping and on road trips with me a lot it would be a no-brainer, keep wifey happy, get an F150, but she will hardly ever spend more than 20 minutes at a time inside the thing, it's mostly a commuter, so how much should I worry about her buttock/seat issues? I' the one gonna be living with it in traffic every day.
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The only other reason I'd want the F150 over the ranger is because I'm a big guy with bigger shoulders than my buddy's that own rangers and I wonder if I even fit? I know the expedition and the explored are like the same as the trucks and there's such a difference in the drivers seat
Test drive. I have huge shoulders and I weigh 350 pounds. In the Ranger I look like a bear riding a tricycle, but I actually find it comfy
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I know the Frontier is 265hp and 280 lb-ft torque (or was in 05 when I had mine).
You can't compare the Frontier or the Tacoma to the Ranger. They are priced comparable to the F150. Compare them to the F150.
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