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Old 11-06-2007
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2.3 vs. 2.5

Have a few questions i had a 2001 ranger with a 3.0 and got rid of it for a 94 mustang gt. and am know looking at getting a ranger to have with it for better gas millage what engine is better as fare as power, modabilty, and reliability.
Also what years has the 2.3 and the 2.5
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the 2.3 duratec that Ford has out in there Focus and Rangers is hard to beat. I've read on here members getting 25+mpg easy with them.

In the middle of 2001, Ford changed over from the POS 2.5 to the 2.3 duratec. About 97-2001 is when they had the POS 2.5

I have a 2.5 and hate it, some members on here have had good luck with it, I don't see how they did. I don't reccommend the 2.5 at all!

I'd say go with the 2.3 Duratec -Mike-
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+1 on the duratec. got 31mph going from Columbus, Ohio to Detriot, MI without filling :)
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+1 on the duratec. got 31mph going from Columbus, Ohio to Detriot, MI without filling :)
you suck! LOL! -Mike-
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the reason you have had no luck with the 2.5 is that you have an auto tranny, they shift way too soon for the engine and loose too much power in inefficiancy. The manual tranny makes a world of difference with the any of the 4-cyl engines.

The recommendation to go with an 01-up duratec 2.3 is a good one though for the gas mileage and power that the DOHC engine has. Where it's been out for 6 years now the trucks with them have started to drop in price and any of the bugs when introducing a new engine have been worked out by now although I will admit the old LIMA 2.3 and 2.5 are indestructable...
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i have the 2.5L 5 speed and i love it dont get me wrong i do sometimes wanna take it to the scrape yard cuz i get pissed at it but over all i love it i get about 26-28MPG and i have a heavy foot =p i really dont know much about the duratec so i cant comment on theat but the reg. 2.3&2.5 are good motors as well...if you treat em right
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I have a 2.5L 5 speed and it has been good to me. I get around 22 city/highway for gas mpg and as far as power, it isn't the most powerful thing, but it wasn't designed for speed.
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the reason you have had no luck with the 2.5 is that you have an auto tranny, they shift way too soon for the engine and loose too much power in inefficiancy. The manual tranny makes a world of difference with the any of the 4-cyl engines.
tell me about it! my buddy used to have a 98 2.5 5spd ranger. He would smoke me every single time! LOL! -Mike-
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Old 11-08-2007
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averaging 25mpg+ city on my new 2.3, Ive pulled 34 a couple times on the highway and also Ive pulled 40mpg, I went like 180 miles of 4 gallons of gas, that was all highway and I was definitely not doing 60. These new 2.3 love the higher rpms and seem to be more efficient in the upper rpms.
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