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Dec 30, 2003 (9:40 pm)
If you think the 3.0l is weak, then don't even think about the 2.3l. In reality, the 3.0l is pretty good in the regular cab, especially with a stick. And pinging? Not in my 2003. The engine was revised in 2002 and the problem is all but completely cured. If you call something that is just a noise in the engine that doesn't affect much else a problem. Get the 3.0l if you are concerned about gas milage.
But the 4.0l definitely will be home in any 4x4 or extended cab. I think Ford should make them available in all Rangers, extended or not. Definitely a nice engine, but not as reliable as the Vulcan 3.0l in the long term.
Dec 31, 2003 (7:28 am)
Granted, my B3000 (3.0 engine) was a year 2000 model, so I do not know about recent improvements to the engine, but my 2wd B3000 regular cab had identical fuel economy to my 2002 model B4000 extended cab (with the doors) and 4wd. Both got about 15 in the city and 20 on the highway, and both had automatic transmissions. Also, I ran mid grade fuel with the 3.0 because of the knocking / pinging, so my fuel costs were actually higher than the 4.0.
My experience with the 3.0 was poor mpg and not a lot of power. At least with the 4.0 I can live with the fuel economy considering the power and considering the relative advantages of 4wd and the extended cab, which add weight and increase fuel consumption.
I can't comment on the relative reliability between the two engines because I have not had problems with either truck. I sold the B3000 after two years and 26,000 miles. My B4000 is now about two years old with 35,000 miles. It's much more useful with the extended cab so I drive it a lot more, keeping miles off of our other car.
BTW, both times I got stuck in the B3000 I had significant remaining tread with well under 20,000 miles on the original Firestone Wilderness HT tires.
#1109 of 1143 4 door supercab
Jan 12, 2004 (6:58 pm)
Anyone have any experience hauling actual human beings in the back of one of these? I'd like to be able to haul my wife, 4-year old daughter and eventual infant along with me. Is there enough room in there with car seats and all?
Jan 12, 2004 (11:01 pm)
On days when the 4 door sedan, wagon, or SUV you should normally use to haul the family around is in the shop, a Ranger should be fine for dropping your slim wife and a couple of svelte 8-12 year old kids off at school. Car seats won't work. The best place for them is in the back seat and they're not safe in extended cab/compact jump seats. Any averaged sized teenage or adult will start to dislike you after more than 20-25 minutes or so back there. And by that I mean theyll dislike you even more than is normal in a teen/parent relationship.
My suggestions: You either need to look at a compact/crew cab with a bed extender, a full size extended cab, or keep something more suited to family hauling and just have a regular cab long bed compact for hauling stuff. The extended cabs are really only good for interior storage space for stuff you dont want in the bed. For hauling people, they're at best tolerable for short periods.
#1111 of 1143 Thanks eharri
Jan 13, 2004 (5:52 am)
That's what I was afraid of. I've owned a couple of F150's...rather unweildy beasts, but useful. I may end up getting another one....or maybe a Tundra.
Jan 13, 2004 (9:13 am)
Would you consider a sport trac? Seems like it fits your requirements, and they may have some really good discounts on them.
#1113 of 1143 4/door Ranger/another minor complaint?
Jan 13, 2004 (1:21 pm)
I was fishing the other day and a 4 door Ranger came up along side of mine....the man bought it in Mexico....actually he was a resident of Mexico up here visiting. Nice looking truck....I suppose Ford declines to sell it here because it would hurt the sale of the Explorer Sport-Trec?
My newest minor complaint with my '02 Ranger XLT FX4......no "lock" button for the power windows.....my 3 year old has discovered the up/down button and there isn't much I can do but continue to throw idle threats his way as the window goes up and down, up and down...
#1114 of 1143 4 door extended cab
Jan 13, 2004 (3:16 pm)
I agree that it is too small for people except maybe children in a narrow age band when they are older than car seat age but still well below normal adult or teen size. However, with only a lap belt, there are safety issues.
However, it does work great for a dog and for interior storage, especially with the clam shell doors.
Jan 14, 2004 (8:55 pm)
You can easily put in a lock out feature on your passenger window controls(that is also handy if anyone has a dog who likes to lean out the window, paws on the controls, etc) It just depends on how handy you are, but it's not really too difficult at all.
I personally don't know the procedure or how to wire it up, but there are guys at the www.generation-edge.com website that know, and there is a forum full of electrical modifications and other tid bits. Just tell them 2k3Edge sent ya.
#1116 of 1143 Thanks! I'll look in to it!
Jan 15, 2004 (8:29 am)
Thanks for the advice midnight_stang! I'm not that handy when it comes to electrical....but I'll see how difficult it is before I decide not to try it...