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Old 10-20-2011
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Icon2 2.3L vs 2.5L

Well in the short life that I had my ranger I just had a general question. My 2001 XLT came with a 5 speed manual with a 2.5L engine.

The new one that I am looking at is also an XLT but believe it's an auto at 2.3L...

Is there going to be a huge difference between the two and if so what are things to look out for?

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well the 2.3 is gonna be a little peppier because its a DOHC 4cyl compared to the SOHC 4 cyl
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I don't want to sound dumb but what does that mean exactly...



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DOHC=dual overhead cam(two cams per head)
SOHC=single overhead cam(one cam per head)
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I would assume Nigel that you are talking about an '01 and newer 2.3L? They seem to be peppier engines like DJ said. I have drove my 2.5L and the newer 2.3L and the 2.3L is definitely a quicker engine it seems.
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I would assume Nigel that you are talking about an '01 and newer 2.3L? They seem to be peppier engines like DJ said. I have drove my 2.5L and the newer 2.3L and the 2.3L is definitely a quicker engine it seems.
the 2.5 can get up and go too(grandpas 98 ranger has the 2.5) but dont even try to pull out if you have the a/c on lol
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the 2.5 can get up and go too(grandpas 98 ranger has the 2.5) but dont even try to pull out if you have the a/c on lol
If your on a hillside with A/C on, its a joke trying to take of quick.
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yea it is lol...we turn the a/c off if we have to get going quick lol
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I would assume Nigel that you are talking about an '01 and newer 2.3L? They seem to be peppier engines like DJ said. I have drove my 2.5L and the newer 2.3L and the 2.3L is definitely a quicker engine it seems.
Yes the newer 01' 2.3l. In my 3 day old 2001 ranger it had the 2.5l and I thought it was pretty quick.. The newer (to me) 01 ranger that I am looking at is a 2.3l auto but just wasn't sure of the differences if any between the two or if one had better up keep or if one was more prone to failure..etc.

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You won't really notice the difference. I have driven both and you really won't notice the difference. They just changed engines.
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Haha YES! I'm not the only 4banger driver that must turn off A/C to merge on the interstate, pull out on a highway, go up even the slightest incline, must I go on?
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I went fom a 422 HPcar,5 spd. with 4:10 gears(still have)to a 2011 2.3L 5 spd(Ranger).I hate it when it comes time to go,but I wanted something cheap on gas.

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The newer 2.3 should also be a bit better on gas than the 2.5 Lima I would think. I love my Lima but there's no denying it's a complete pooch with the A/C. It is fun to switch back and forth between that and the Mustang though, complete opposite ends of the spectrum not just in power/torque but clutch, shifter, sound, seat position, steering, etc. But the Mazda is easier to drive if just putting around, due to the light clutch and big throw shifter that's impossible to put in the wrong gear.

Ironically they both get the same mpg though.
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Ok very good to know about the engine. I too am making a huge transition. I own a pretty modified STi so it was funny to go from the STi to the ranger when i had it for the 3 days..lol Going from an awd car with super sticky summer tires the grip feels endless, zero body roll and it rides like it's on rails has a nice but harmful side affect once you go to another car..lol But honestly just wanted something I can actually use to haul things since there is no room in the car, and something that was good on gas.. which with my car I am lucky to get 16-18mpg... When I was pulling 28mpg with the 2.5l ranger I was floored! The new truck I am looking at is a 2.3l auto so I should still get decent mileage..lol

But I will be honest when I say that I was actually really surprized when I drove the ranger because it was peppy... got to the speed limit pretty quickly and overal I was very pleased with it!

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Ford made two different 2.3 liter 4-bangers. The older one goes back to the days of the Pinto engine, and Ford used forms of it in the Ranger from its 1982 introduction until early 2001 production (Early in November 2000, I think). That "Lima" engine came in three sizes, 2.0, 2.3 and 2.5 liters, and many different varieties of each displacement.

In later 2001 production, Ford introduced the 2.3 liter "Duratec" 4-banger, a totally new, all aluminum 4 valve-per-cylinder DOHC engine designed in co-operation with Ford's partner, Mazda. That has been the standard equipment Ranger engine to the present. This "Duratec" engine is also used (in modified form and other displacements) in the Ford Escape, the Fusion, Focus, and a few other FoMoCo vehicles.

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The 93-97 2.3L has very weak torque pulling up a hill, but the 98 to 01 2.5L pulls up a hill well. I have owned (11) 95 to 97 rangers and (2) 98 to 01 rangers and driven them all up the same hill over the last 14 years and in my experience the 2.5L pulls the same hill in 5th that the 2.3L has to go to 4th or sometimes even 3rd to pull. Other than that I can't really tell a difference. (I have no experience with the newer 2.3L)

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I've noticed that the automatic 2.3l does seem quite a bit slower than the 2.5 manual that I had..lol

Oh well... still a nice truck

Just doesn't really have ***** going up a hill..lol

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Never drived the 2.5L before but my 2010 2.3L ranger has meet all my expectations, below some references:

City MPG: 24
Highway MPG: 29 !!
5 Speed manual
Axle Gears: 4.56
235/75 R15 Pirellis (kind of 29" tires)
Its not a ferrari but when I need some power to pass another car the truck does the job.

This truck pulls a 12 ft. trailer twice a week (average) with 2000lbs on it.. does very well on hills and rural roads at a decent speed.

So in conclusion: I love this engine..
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