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Ranger, what year and motor????

Hi to all just join the forum, what a great place this is. I had a 99 4 cyl i believe it was a 2.3 or 2.5(not sure about 6 years ago) and never had any issues, great mpg, i was very happy but i had it for work aswell and security isn't all that on trucks, long story short sold it. Now i am in the market for another one, Any advice from you guys on what year truck and motor i should look for, maybe there some year motors better than others?

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id get the 4.0 SOHC v6...stay away from the 01-02.5 ones though...they have t-chain tensioner problems
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03 level 2, IMO, and if you can find one
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03 level 2, IMO, and if you can find one
03 level 2. have no idea what that is. I have also heard 02+ have duratech 2.3 how good are 02+,
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first off, what would you use it for, do you want 4x4 or 4x2. Those are the big things. And a 03 level 2 is basically one of the most sought after rangers. 4x4 with a manual transfer case.
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id get the 4.0 SOHC v6...stay away from the 01-02.5 ones though...they have t-chain tensioner problems
thank for the heads up,dont the 01 and up have 2.3 motors
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Sorry, just to move around the city and save gas at the same time and the obvious something reliable. Oh and on weekends tow a jetski
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so a something like 2wd 4 banger should be what you are looking for. Ive heard alot of good things about the newer 2.3 i think they started in 01 or 02. Couple of my buddies have the 2.3 and love it for a DD. Great mileage and decent power.
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2001+ with the 4.0 SOHC and extended cab 4x4
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so a something like 2wd 4 banger should be what you are looking for. Ive heard alot of good things about the newer 2.3 i think they started in 01 or 02. Couple of my buddies have the 2.3 and love it for a DD. Great mileage and decent power.
Thats it. How good are the automatic trannys?
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2001+ with the 4.0 SOHC and extended cab 4x4
How is gas on that
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Thats it. How good are the automatic trannys?
couldnt tell ya actually, both my buddies have manuals. never had any time with a 2.3 auto.
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How is gas on that
i get about 15-17 city and 19-22 highway
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03 level 2. have no idea what that is. I have also heard 02+ have duratech 2.3 how good are 02+,

There are a few diff engines simulatenously offered. Jetskis aren't hard to tow so as long as you're comfortable with using 2wd at a boat launch id go with the smallest(aka best mileage) engine offered.
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i get about 15-17 city and 19-22 highway
wow that sucks, thats the 4.0 v6 4wd, how about the 3.0 how are those motors they seem to be the most common on 2wd, how is the mpg on those.
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xlt

all of the xlt that i see are v6, Are the any of them 4cyl or there just hard to find.
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need the extra room along with the mpg.
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hard to find brotha
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99% of extended cab are 6 cyl that sucks
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i have an 08 ranger XL (standard cab) 2.3L, 2X4, auto tranny. im getting about 22average city and 27 average freeway.
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Yeah When I can Afford it im buying a used fleet 4 banger for my around town driving. Bare bones but I can get a 08 for like $7,000
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wow that sucks, thats the 4.0 v6 4wd, how about the 3.0 how are those motors they seem to be the most common on 2wd, how is the mpg on those.
the 3.0 is too small of a motor for the ranger...i get the same if not better mileage than my buddies 3.0 ranger
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the 3.0 is too small of a motor for the ranger...i get the same if not better mileage than my buddies 3.0 ranger
i have a 3.0 and i think its just fine in my ranger
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the 3.0 is too small of a motor for the ranger...i get the same if not better mileage than my buddies 3.0 ranger
3.0 2wd and a 3.0 4wd is alot different. I guess its not uncommon to average low 20s mpg in a 3.0 2wd. 3.0 4wd though is a different story I was getting 14 or 15 mixed in mine with 31s.
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3.0 4wd was a dumb idea
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