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help! 4cyl 4x4 or 6cyl 2wd????

Alright i have a 2000 xlt 2wd with the 3.0 auto engine. my truck has 142,000 miles. I was ok with it being only 2wd, but recently got the itch for 4x4. I just found a 99 4x4 automatic 4cylinder with 182,000 miles for sale i could get it for around 2,200. Is this the 2.3 motor? how does this do offroading? i dont do hardcore offroading but i would like to compete with my buddies 4cyl wrangler which recently impressed me with its offroading capabilities. if i got this 4x4 i would make sure it had a 8.8 rear and do a locker, body lift and 33's. Do you think i should buy this truck?

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its not a 4cyl unless they swapped engines. if it is 4cyl, it wont have the 8.8 in it. unless you looked at it and made sure it was 4x4 and 4cyl, i would think you are misinformed
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yeah i think so too
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your telling me they didnt make a 99 with a 4x4 and a 4 cyl?
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The last year for four cylinder 4WD Rangers was 1996, and none of those had automatics. It has to be either a 3.0L or 4.0L, or it is not a 4WD.
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http://allentown.craigslist.org/car/255993743.html

thats the ad, I emailed him and he said its a 4cyl?
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guys probably a dilt and thinks 4.0 means 4 cylinder
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yeah id be all over it. im about 99 percent sure its got a v6 in it. ive never seen or heard of a 98 and dewer 4x4 thats a 4 banger.
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guys probably a dilt and thinks 4.0 means 4 cylinder
What he said. There is no way that truck has a four cylinder in it. Judging by the correct 4x4 decal on the tailgate, grille, and tow hooks, it is a 4WD, so it cannot be a four cylinder.
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alright thanks fellas im gonna email him and take a look at it!
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oh another thing, should the 182k scare me? how strong are the 4.0? and what tends to go bad on them in the 200k mile range?
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my 92 ranger has 250k on it but no mechanical problems sure it burns alittle oil but it gets me to where i want to go
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oh another thing, should the 182k scare me? how strong are the 4.0? and what tends to go bad on them in the 200k mile range?
It all depends on how well the truck was maintained. If he has receipts for work done to it, that is definately good. If he is confusing the displacement for the number of cylinders, which he seems to be, he may not know a whole lot about maintaining a vehicle...BUT some maintenence had to have been done since the truck has 182K on it.

If I were you I would definately crawl under the truck and have a look at things so that you can at least see if there is anything that needs to be replaced soon (ball joints, tie rod ends, bad seals).
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its a 3.0 im sure of it, in the one picture look by the ford emblem on the tailgate I think i see the little leaf sticker on it which means its a ffv 3.0
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DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

its in good condish, and low price with 4x4 ..........i would def. be all over that....


i have the itch for 4cyl 4x4
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I know for fact there isnt 98+ with 4bangers in them lol

Never seen one
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According to Ford, the last year for a 4 cylinder 4x4 Ranger was 1991.

Check the vin number, the 8th digit will tell what the engine should be.

If it doesn't match, someone may have been swapping parts, but there is always the slim posibility of it being factory, but usually those oddities were either intended for export, or were simply factory experiments or screw ups. I have seen a few strange combinations from Ford in the past. One was a 1988 Ford Thunderbird with a 5.0L, 3 spd stick with collum shift, it came through a dealer that I worked at back then, it was mistakenly ordered wrong somehow and it sat for over 2 1/2 years before I ended up buying it for a quite a discount.

There was never a 3 speed collum shift manual listed for that car. I never figured out exactly how or why but it did come off the new car carrier that way, I was the first person to drive it that day, mostly just out of curiosity. I didn't have any intentions of owning it then, but after it sat around for so long, the owner made me a deal I couldn't refuse on it. It had no power brakes, no power steering, no air conditioner, manual windows, cloth seats and was powder blue with a light blue interior and was built at the Wixom plant. Its only option was the 5.0L engine, autolamps, and a rear defogger. It was the perfect sleeper, but the worst part was that it had a 2.73 rear, which I had soon changed to a set of 3.73's). I sold it after about 4 years to a guy that turned it into a race car.
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I think it's just a case of someone who has no idea what they drive. As was mentioned it has the FFV badge on the tailgate meaning it it a 3.0. People Believe all kinds of things that aren't true about there cars.

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I see the leaf symbol next to the ford on the tailgate, as long as parts are org. then its a 3.0.
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I'd be skeptical. If this guy can't even tell the difference between a 4-cylinder and a 6-cylinder, then how can you be sure he manages simple things like changing the oil on time? Unless he has receipts for EVERY SINGLE repair and matinence and oil change done every 3,000 miles, don't go for it. Also, you're looking at a fixer-upper, he says the ABS light is on, which is bad news. At 180k, it'll probibly be a cascade fault and you'll end up replacing the entire system. As for the leak in the cab- like the smell of mold?


Otherwise, looks like a pretty good deal
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According to Ford, the last year for a 4 cylinder 4x4 Ranger was 1991.

Check the vin number, the 8th digit will tell what the engine should be.

If it doesn't match, someone may have been swapping parts, but there is always the slim posibility of it being factory, but usually those oddities were either intended for export, or were simply factory experiments or screw ups. I have seen a few strange combinations from Ford in the past. One was a 1988 Ford Thunderbird with a 5.0L, 3 spd stick with collum shift, it came through a dealer that I worked at back then, it was mistakenly ordered wrong somehow and it sat for over 2 1/2 years before I ended up buying it for a quite a discount.

There was never a 3 speed collum shift manual listed for that car. I never figured out exactly how or why but it did come off the new car carrier that way, I was the first person to drive it that day, mostly just out of curiosity. I didn't have any intentions of owning it then, but after it sat around for so long, the owner made me a deal I couldn't refuse on it. It had no power brakes, no power steering, no air conditioner, manual windows, cloth seats and was powder blue with a light blue interior and was built at the Wixom plant. Its only option was the 5.0L engine, autolamps, and a rear defogger. It was the perfect sleeper, but the worst part was that it had a 2.73 rear, which I had soon changed to a set of 3.73's). I sold it after about 4 years to a guy that turned it into a race car.
This just proves how unreliable paper information is, especially from Ford. I know for a fact they made the 2.3 4x4 up through 1996, had a friend in highschool that had one, it had no *****, and it wasn't a swap, it was factory original.
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This just proves how unreliable paper information is, especially from Ford. I know for a fact they made the 2.3 4x4 up through 1996, had a friend in highschool that had one, it had no *****, and it wasn't a swap, it was factory original.

Yup I worked with a guy that owned a red 96 reg cab 4x4 with a 4 cylinder it was basically a stripped truck no carpet or anything and manual transmission but it did have 4:10 gears.
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Most likely it is a 3.0 due to looking at the wheels. That style pretty much only came on the 3.0. The 4.0 usually had the teardrops.
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alright he just emailed me like 8 pictures and the engine is identical to mine, so it is indeed a 3.0 i am going to runa carfax on it. im gonna go lok at it this weekened hopefully and offer him 2k cash
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