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Any issues with the 3.0 V6?

Just picked up a 2003 Ford Ranger 3.0 at an auction with a 160,000. Truck was owned by a construction company and according to records it was well maintained. Is there any service issues I should be concerned with....truck runs great.
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2004-2006 3.0l had exhaust valve seat issues, so late 2003 may also.
You get random misfire codes, p0300 or single cylinder misfire code.

3.0l Vulcan engine was used from 1986 to 2008, originally designed for transverse mounting in Taurus and Sables, but adapted for use in RWD vans and trucks
Rangers had them from 1991 to 2008
Overall a very reliable engine, not a power house or great for MPG, but it was a runner
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2004-2006 3.0l had exhaust valve seat issues, so late 2003 may also.
You get random misfire codes, p0300 or single cylinder misfire code.

3.0l Vulcan engine was used from 1986 to 2008, Rangers had them from 1991 to 2008
Overall a very reliable engine, not a power house or great for MPG, but it was a runner
Thanks for the info. I've only had the truck for a few days, but overall very happy with the purchase.
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Overall a very reliable engine, not a power house or great for MPG, but it was a runner
x2 on this. Keep it well maintained and it will serve you until it just wears out. Two things I'll note. Most parts on the engine can be replaced with non-motorcraft parts and it'll work just as well. However, if you replace the spark plugs/wires or the cam syncro, stick with motorcraft.
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x2 on this. Keep it well maintained and it will serve you until it just wears out. Two things I'll note. Most parts on the engine can be replaced with non-motorcraft parts and it'll work just as well. However, if you replace the spark plugs/wires or the cam syncro, stick with motorcraft.
Point well taken...from experience I've never had good luck with aftermarket air-conditioning compressors, starters, or alternators. I have purchased the aftermarket parts with lifetime warranties, but end up spending a lifetime replacing them every year or so....
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I plan on putting a few drops of oil down my synchronizer twice a year.
Mine is in good shape and I plan on keeping it that way.
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Motorcraft fuel pumps are expensive, and they only have 90-day warranty, but...............

They also last a long long long time 3rd party pumps work and often have 1 or 2 year warranties, which unfortunately you may end up needing, it isn't 50% failure rate just many report having to replace these pumps, and hopefully still under warranty.
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