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Dec 19, 1999 (3:30 am)
Whoa, I have the 4.0 5spd. It should not "Gasp" for air. What gearing do you have? 3.73 or 4.10? Gearing plays a huge part in how and when you must shift. I put a K&N air charger kit on and there is a difference in throttle response. May want to try it. There are several kits available from different manufacturers.
#96 of 143 The K&N is worth a try
Dec 20, 1999 (4:07 am)
But, I think you are experiencing most of what I really didn't like about this vehicle. Yes - if you drive like I do - 80+ mph on the interstate, granted we are high elevation (average about a mile high) - you are most definitely gasping for breath. What I don't understand - couldn't Ford make this thing breathe a little better? I guess they thought an extra gear in the automatic transmission would solve the problem. But, in my mind, the extra gear just gives it the grunt around tow. In other words, I think if you want to buy this vehicle, you should take it out on the highway and see how hard it struggles to keep up with traffic.
OK - I am not the best person to talk with - my 1988 4.0 with 5-speed auto and 4X4 tried to die at 17,000 miles. Just go back and read my comments - I posted the original topic.
Just can't help but think that my new F-150 is at least twice the vehicle that the Ranger was - and maybe even more. In my mind, if you want a small truck look further than the dollars. Ford knows that they can keep selling this vehicle if they keep the price right. Personally - I would rather pay a little more and buy a Dakota with the new V-8. But, then again - that is getting pretty close to my very nice F-150, 5.4 Triton with 4X4. I really love this truck - gets just about the same gas mileage as my unfortunate Ranger - at this altitude.
#97 of 143 K&N air charger kit
Dec 21, 1999 (8:48 pm)
i have a 99 4.0l 5spdM with a 4.10 ls (off road package)rear end and man is she geared low. it is great in town, but i could use another gear on the highway or a Hi/Lo selector...
i am interested in this K&N air charger kit. Was it easy to install?? Does it affect the warranty??
Dec 22, 1999 (3:12 am)
I may sound nieve, but I never checked on warranty issues. I have had mine in now for about 2 years and have had no problems. I now have about 22K on my Ranger so the warranty issue is starting to fade. Get online and ask K&N, they answer very quickly. If anything goes wrong I kept all my old parts so I could swap back. As far as prices they vary store to store. They can be ordered from K&N or from any perforamance/auto store. It was a snap to install, took me about 1 hour. CP got another type of aircharger kit, scroll back and see what it was, I believe it was called a KKR. Like I said, don't expect neck snapping response. I did however notice a difference in throttle response. Good luck!
#99 of 143 K&N Aircharger Kit
Dec 23, 1999 (1:19 am)
I am also interested in this kit. Where would you find one of these, and do you know the part #? I have a 99' 4.0 5 speed automatic.
#100 of 143 Wannaranger RE#90
Dec 28, 1999 (8:26 pm)
I have a 1994 Ranger XLT, 4 cyl and 5 speed, 98 horsepower. Is slow going uphill but I never go below 55 miles per hour, in the flatlands it has
enough power for me to pass slow traffic.
The best part is that this truck has over 135,000
miles and the only thing I have replaced is the starter and I just replaced the front brakes for the first time. Other than that all I do is regular maintenance.
The new 4 cyl Rangers are 119 horse power and with
a 5 speed manual should be a decent truck to have.
My Ranger is super, best truck I had so far.
I had owned a Toyota 4 cyl and a Chevy full size
with a V8, but in quality and the mechanics, I'm
very happy with my Ranger.
#101 of 143 4.0L PROBLEMS
Dec 30, 1999 (2:27 am)
unfortunately im sad to report that my 4.0 motor in my hot 1999 ranger xlt 4x4 supercab in autumn orange clearcoat metallic has to be replaced. at about 5000 miles i noticed that the antifreeze in the overflow tank was disappearing. right away i knew what it was. filled it up a few times but kept draining out. my dealer checked it out and ran a dye test and sure enough it is the head gasket leaking. a certain batch of engines had this problem in feb-march 1999. but ford has since resolved the problem. waiting for new 2000 motor to be installed. i was suprised but not really upset because of the great track record of the ranger. also i leased the truck did not buy it! but i have to agree with ckitchens my 1997 f150xlt supercab 4x4 off road 5.4l is with out a doubt the best truck on the road today. my friend has a 1999 chev silverado xcab with a 1000 miles on it. my 1997 has 34000 miles on it. my f150 rides smoother at 34000 miles than his silverado and is all around a better truck. cant wait until his tranny fails just like his 97 did at 29000 miles and traded it in for the 99. i will break his balls again.
#102 of 143 Ford 4.0 Engine problems
Dec 31, 1999 (3:43 pm)
I own a 99 Mazda B4000 which is built by Ford. Just after buying the truck in August I noticed a vibration from the gas pedal on acceleration and also at highway speeds. Then the shortly after that when the truck was idle and in gear I noticed a knocking noise from the bottom of the engine near the oil pan. It also would sound like a diesel. I took it to the dealer they said it was normal. I would not except that and continued to return it for the same problem. Finally they called me and said there was a problem with all Ford 98 and 99 4.0 liter engines and that they where ordering a new Engine to be installed on my truck per Mazda. They called it piston slap. What that is I don't know. There is a service bulletin recently posted stating this problem. If you have a 98 or 99 4.0 Liter Ford Engine in your vehicle have your dealer check this service bulletin.
#103 of 143 You were at least a little lucky
Jan 01, 2000 (12:33 am)
My dealer insisted on trying to rebuild this engine - it still made the same noise. According to them - just drive it? I didn't have that much warranty left to just drive it. Ford should have started replacing these engines long ago - I would have kept my Ranger if they had fixed the problem with a new engine. I really kind of liked the truck.
Jan 01, 2000 (5:08 pm)
It is not ALL Ford 4.0 engines built in 98/99, its only a certain lot#. I have a 1998 4.0 with about 20K on it and have had no problems, no slap, no vibrations at all. I have worked the engine pretty good to with the trailing I do in the Cascade range.
Sorry to hear about your engines. You should be able to get them replaced under warranty with no hassle.