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#968 of 2986 Re: dimension2 [sean3]
Jan 26, 2005 (1:36 am)
The Mazda truck is a twin of the Ranger, actually. Just a few interior options different, and small changes outside.
The 3L has been around in the Ranger since about 1990. It seems to be a good, long-life motor. It will 'probably' ping on regular gas. Most all of them do, and Ford seems to never want to change the design to stop it. The pinging doesn't seem to cause much problems, most will run a long time pinging.
And, it will not get very good milage. If you are looking for milage, the only way is to get the 4 cylinder, 5 speed. The 4 cylinder was a new design a couple years ago, and got more horsepower. But it will still be slow.
If I buy new, it will be the 4L. It gets terrible milage, but has nice power. I just can't see a lot of difference in a new one compared to my top-of-the-line 1994 Extended Cab, Auto, 4L. It gets bad milage also, the best I've seen is 19mpg. But, I love my truck.
Jan 26, 2005 (3:01 am)
My dollar would be the 4.0, also. My father in law has a '00 4X4 w/offroad package and 5A tranny. His best was 20mpg, normal is 18 all around. And he COMPLAINS about it. He expects more. Only has 22K miles on it. They have 3, and his daily is an 03 Volvo S40.
Ironically, his previous truck was a 92 150 4X4 w/offroad package, 5M....but his mistake, had the 300 ci. I6. And only averaged 15mpg in that.
I really like the Ranger, and if they ever make a true 4 door, like everybody else, save Mazda, then I would definitely put it on my short list. I know they aren't looking to do a true make over for several more years. But I won't be in the market until then, anyways. I'm hoping the next gen will be ready when I am.
Okay, I'm done now.
#970 of 2986 Re: Front end Sqeak [bolivar]
Jan 26, 2005 (11:29 am)
Thanks for the reply bolivar but it doesn't sound like that. It is deffinately associated with rolling and you will here it get quieter as you slow down. Turning does not seem to affect it. It is not a constant noise either it will sometimes come and go. I am thinking it has to be something to do with the front drive shafts when they get engaged.
#971 of 2986 Re: Ranger redesign
Jan 26, 2005 (4:05 pm)
is supposed to come for the 2007 ranger, the current Ranger still looks good exept the front end IMO. the rest of the truck looks good, considering it's basic design is from '92. The new Frontier looks great, exept the Nissan dealers wit there snobby "MSRP" attitude, I told them to keep there overpriced truck..
I guess it's down to the Ranger or Canyon? Anybody tried the CAnyon/Colorado? Thanks Sean.
#972 of 2986 help with identifying humming noise
Feb 14, 2005 (7:36 pm)
Hi, I have a '96 Ranger (4L V6, extended cab, auto transmission, ABS) that I purchased last year. It has run real great for me but lately it has started making a loud humming noise that comes from somewhere in front of the driver's seat. I'm not sure if it's from under the hood or the wheel area. The noise only occurs when driving slowly, usually after highway driving and then slowing down for a stop sign or parking the truck. It immediately goes away when the engine is shut off. I don't know that much about cars but I think it may have to do with the brake or master cylinder (since it's located directly in front of the driver's seat). I would like to have some ideas before taking it in to a mechanic to make his job easier and also to protect myself. Thanks a lot in advance,
p.s. the truck also has lots of miles, approaching 160k. In fact, any advice for keeping this great vehicle running far into the future would be greatly appreciated!
#973 of 2986 Loose AC Vacuum Line
Feb 14, 2005 (9:38 pm)
I just purchased a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4. The Heater/AC Doors are not operating, and after doing some troubleshooting, I found a loose vacuum line in the engine compartment. This is the white line that also operates the door in the heater box behind the glove box. The problem is I cannot find the location where it hooks to???
Can anyone help?
#974 of 2986 Re: help with identifying humming noise [osage]
Feb 14, 2005 (10:17 pm)
There is a good chance it is the Idle Air Control Valve (IAC). This is on the intake, on the left upper side of the motor. It is a black and silver cylinder somewhat longer than a 35mm film canister, with wires into it. It is bolted into the intake.
It can be removed and cleaned, sometimes stopping this problem. It is a valve the meters air, and an electrical solenoid that moves the air. Clean it with carb cleaner, but hold it so the cleaner does not get into the electrical part of it. If you are careful, it can be removed without destroying its gasket.
A dirty IAC will also cause high, low, or wandering idles. A new one is about $60 or so if you want to replace it.
I would think you could put your hand on it with the truck running when it is humming, and feel it vibrating.
#975 of 2986 Re: dimension2 [sean3]
Feb 15, 2005 (12:05 am)
they have Mitsubishi power plants
#976 of 2986 ford ranger starting problem
Feb 20, 2005 (2:46 pm)
I have a 1988 Ford Ranger 2.9l V6. I have just had the starter rebuilt and now sometimes it will start fine and sometimes it will do nothing. the lights,radio and everything else comes on, but not even a click from the starter. Can someone help me?