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#732 of 2995 Well I took the middle route.
Jul 22, 2003 (4:58 am)
Being my first new vehicle purchase at age 25, I got my 2003 Ranger Edge 3.0l reg cab. I had to get a v6, but couldn't find a 4.0l in a regular cab (fleet order only). Combine that with a manual transmission and it's not slow, but it's not gonna beat up a mustang. I put the Gibson Cat-back on it, but it is stainless steel, so it'll last a good while. 2.5" all the way back, I believe. That and a little airbox modification is all I have done, so it's not fast, but it was a cheap vehicle to begein with, and the upgrades have definitely helped in terms of sound (/appearance) and performance. Soon I will be opening up my MAF sensor which basically entails removing the plastic shielding around the actual sensor. That is supposed to be really noticable during the higher RPMs. So it's stuff like that, that can be done to increase your satisfaction with your vehicle.
But nothing too drastic or bank breaking because I am really curious and tempted to see what the 2005 (or 2006? remodel) of the Ranger will be. If Ford gets off their butt and finally puts in the 4.6l v8, you know what I'll be getting.
#733 of 2995 Thinking about buying
Jul 23, 2003 (4:01 am)
a used ranger and wondered if the 2.5 is adequate w/ manual transmission or do I need the 3.0? Will need a/c to survive summers in St.L. Is either superior from a maintenance point of view?
Jul 23, 2003 (6:39 pm)
hey man, i have a 98 2.5 auto...and i dont mind it...its not as fast as i want it to be...if you are looking to be fast then go with the 4.0...if you just kinda want something that moves and does whats needed...then the 2.5 is the way to go
#735 of 2995 Air Conditioner
Jul 26, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Have any of you had problems with your air conditioning.
I have a '97 Mazda B-2300 (a Ranger) with 47,000 miles and can't get my AC to work. I'll turn on the AC and will hear it click in and then stop. 10 sec later it tries to kick in again and nothing.
#736 of 2995 Valve Clatter-2000 Ranger 3.0
Jul 28, 2003 (4:23 pm)
I am currently driving a 2000 Ranger with the 3.0 engine (company vehicle) with 100k miles. Valve clatter is awful when engine is under load. Any suggestions?
#737 of 2995 valve clatter
Jul 30, 2003 (12:16 pm)
I got that clatter on my 3L 99 Ranger. Ford tried a number of things, including replacing the computer and ignition coils, and advancing the timining. Nothing fixed it. I was able to minimize it by hitting the overdrive button when I was around town. This prevented the transmission from shifting into 4th at 40mph, as Ford seems to have programmed it to do. I think the strain of the engine trying to accellerate in such a high gear made the noise a lot worse. I eventually gave up and just lived with it until I sold it due to a number of other issues.
#738 of 2995 86 Ranger Fuel Pump/Controls?
Jul 31, 2003 (11:45 am)
Been trying to get Voltage to the Frame Fuel Pump Connector.Reads less than 2 Volts!Bench tested pump at 12 volts,works.Tested Inertia Switch,got contiuity and 12 volts at the connector.Replaced Relay and got 12 volts there.Fuse is OK.Is there another pump in the Tank?Is the Fuel Pump Controlled thru the EEC-IV Computer?Can I get a Cheap Diag. Tester,If neede.Got a Chiltons Electronic Engine Controls Book,but only goes up to 85.Can we Use the Jumper Wire Test?Or is there any code related to Fuel Pump and Controls?Got the 2.9L. V6.Thanks T.
#739 of 2995 Horsepower
Aug 03, 2003 (11:15 am)
JTC, You can increase power with a low resistance intake & exhaust -- air filter & muffler -- but keep in mind this will lean your fuel mixture and cause your engine to run hot. You can counter this by enriching your fuel delivery, but with a computerised fuel injection system this could be a major project. An aftermarket cam could make a big difference, but I don't know if anyone makes these. Have you considered a Jacob's ignition system? It's one of the few aftermarket mods that actually work. Jacobs guarentees an increase in both power and gas mileage or your money back.
#740 of 2995 Auto. Trans.
Aug 03, 2003 (3:44 pm)
I have a "94 Ranger 4x2, 3.0 with 86K. When you start out and your speed gets toward 15mph you get a hard shift from first to second. If you accelerate slow and easy it shifts smoothly. Also in town when the trans. is shifting up thru the gears and you have to back off the accelerator, say between third and fourth, the trans. make a "clunking" sound. Would appreciate all advice, comments, and suggestions etc.
Aug 03, 2003 (6:27 pm)
Sounds like your transmission oil viscosity is too high, or just getting to old. What's the last time you had it flushed and the filter changed?