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Ford Ranger III



  • doctdoct Posts: 20
    Has anyone changed their manual for power windows or locks? I am looking for a good aftermarket kit for a 2002 ranger.... thanks
  • My brother has a 2001 Ranger XLT, 5 speed with the 4.0 liter engine. He has about 18,000 miles on it and it seems like it needs some shocks.

    I was wondering if any of you Ranger owners could suggest replacement shocks. Should he go with Bilstein, Rancho, Edelbrock? Or some other type/brand? Any thoughts/opinions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    ..skip the Ranchos [no comparison to Edelbrocks]. The premium shocks are well worth the extra money.
  • I will let him know. Edelbrocks are the most expensive though right?
  • Has anyone had their Ranger oil tested to confirm the validity of their oil change interval? I've been reading about engine wear testing that has indicated that the popular 3,000 mile interval for "severe" use may be too short. Oil testing can determine whether or not the oil is still useable. It seems that today's oils may have a longer life.

    How important is it to use a time interval for oil changes? In the past, I've had vehicles with less than 3,000 miles at six months and have put off the change. Does oil actually breakdown significantly over time when there is very little mileage accumulated?
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    From what I have read, one factor you should think about is water CONDENSATION in the crankcase of the motor during long interfals of time (regardless of mileage). Water invasion will cause signficant foaming and acid formation (from what I have read) and can degrade the lubricating potential of modern oils. High mileage motors may be more likely to incur this problem than new engines. That is one reason that oil change intervals are recommended, for example, at 6 months, even if you only have 1000 miles on the vehicle at that inerval. Just a thought, and my opinion. I will try to seek out links to confirm my post. I personally change oil at 3000 to 4000, regardless of time period. Just for my own peace of mind (i.e. oil is cheaper than rebuilding an engine).
  • Here's an article on oil change intervals and engine wear you might find interesting.

  • Took delivery of a new 2003 ranger with a 2.3 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive about two weeks ago and couldn't be happier. Looks like about 30 mpg in mixed driving and about the same power-feel as my old 3.0 liter (kept to 267,000 miles)probably because of modern engine plus light weight. Noticed throttle sticking on idle, making for jerky starts and acceleration in town---easily cured by setting up the idle screw on the throttle body just slightly so throttle is cracked open a bit more on idle. Otherwise not a screw out of place. Happy with Continental tires--glad to get rid of Firestone.
  • Ford recommends a first coolant change at 45,000 miles, air and fuel filters at 30,000. These seem like long intervals. 45,000 miles could easily be 3 years for some vehicles. Is the factory coolant something extraordinary? Is fuel cleaner than it used to be? Why doesn't Ford use time intervals with their suggested maintenance schedules?
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    Antifreeze is cheap. I change mine each fall, using distilled water to mix the 50% mix. As far as tranny fluid, I will change mine at half of the recomended interval (again, cheap inusrance). Thanks for the link to the CR article on oil; very interesting. They seem to think that ANY SAE certified oil is fine; they are probably right. Peace, bro.
  • Greetings:

    I've had my 1999 Ranger S/C 4x2 (3.0, auto, premium sound, etc.) for almost 8 weeks and really like it - I bought it used. I'm getting 22mpg (90% highway driving) and have no problems/issues with the truck. The tires, Firestone Wilderness (225-70R15 on alloy wheels) are original (41.5K miles) and look to go quite awhile longer. The truck rides fine and handles good (for a truck) and the tires seem to grip rather well in wet and dry conditions.

    In getting replacement tires, should I stay with the OEM type-tire or get more of a passenger car type tire of the same size. As this is only a 4x2 driven on paved roads, I see no need to get big truck tires but I don't want to alter the driving characteristics.

    Thanks in advance for any info/advice -

    M.J. McCloskey
  • mkstfmkstf Posts: 12
    can anyone tell me what the max payload for a ranger 4x4 is ???? is it considered a 1/2 ton truck or less???? thanks !!
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    My 95 4-banger hit 90K the other day. I know, I know, low mileage compared to what some of the rest of you have put on cars and trucks, but still quite a milestone for me considering I was brought up by negligent car owners who had trouble getting a vehicle to last past 90K. In my paranoia I expected some kind of catastrophic break-down when the odometer switched from 89999 to 90000, but of course nothing happened and it still purrs about smoothly as that rather coarse 2.3 can.

    Oil changes have been mostly 5K except for when I got back from study abroad and learned it mostly sat still from September to late December, so I figured it might not be a bad idea to put new oil in early. Since then at 77K it's been 3 thousand mile interval just because I didnt want to waste money doing it too soon again or leave old oil in for over 7K to get back on the normal schedule. After changing the oil and fuel filters tomorrow Im gonna go back to the normal 5 thousand mile intervals and plan how to celebrate when it rolls over 100K.
  • mjbwrtrmjbwrtr Posts: 172
    keep going, because that engine is known to go 180k sometimes, if you keep changing the oil and being nice to it. :)
  • dmoulddmould Posts: 76
    M.J. McCloskey
    The Firestone Wilderness is a passenger car tire. You should stick with another P225 tire to maintain the good handling and ride in your Ranger.

    Payload - 1/2 ton = 1000 pounds. The payload on a stock Ranger 4x2 is 1260 pounds. 1560 pounds on a 4x4 SuperCab. The Ranger payload rating is actually almost the same a full-size 1500 trucks.
  • So I almost bought a '00 Merc Sable wagon with a 24v OC V6, today, but my mechanic talked me out of it. Knowing my predication to drive cars "into the ground" he suggested I consider a 3.0 V6 Ranger 2WD with Xcab. So I drove a new one of those, today, too and sure thought it was groovy. BUT, having started way back at the beginning of this thread and hopscotching through, I don't think the Ranger will be a good application for minimum 130 mile per day commuting and the sudry little trips in between. Damn glad you all have taken the time to post your ideas and experiences here. Guess CR was right. Ford makes the F-150 right but beware the others. Thank you, thank you, thank you. If'n ever I bump into ya, I'll buy ya a beer.

    Happy Motoring!
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    In my opinion, from reading this message board and a couple others that are strictly Ford Ranger boards and owning a 1994 4L Extended cab Ranger for the last 5 years, I think Rangers are very good small trucks.

    There are 2 main negatives things to consider:
    1) It's a truck. The milage will be terrible.
    2) The 3L engine is known, for a large percentage of them, to ping. About the only solution is to use higher octane fuel.

    Other than this, with good care, a Ranger 3L should give you very good service for 175,000 miles.
  • I am looking at a Ford Ranger 2d regular cab Edge, 3.0l v6, 5 speed manual, 6 disc changer, cruise and tilt for $14,481 out the door. 100 bucks over invoice and 2000 dollar rebate. (not counting trade in) Only thing missing that I wanted was power windows and locks. Sounds pretty good to me, any thoughts?
  • dre10dre10 Posts: 3
    I have a 1999 V6 XLT Regular Cab Ranger with around 40,100 miles on it. I live in Chicago and I'm going to be moving to San Diego, CA late February. The trips about 2085 miles. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I sorta maintenance I should do before I head out? What's the longest I should drive before giving my Ranger a rest?

    Any help would make my move that much smoother. Thanks!
  • Start with an oil change, clean air filters, check belts, air pressure, tire wear, rear end lube, transmission oil level and condition, battery power and electrolite level, radiator hoses, coolant fluid level. Most of this is done during a full inspection at just about any car shop. You can also do all of it yourself, if so inclined. Just check your manual for the 3-5,000 mile scheduled services, and check the items listed in your next maintenance cycle. Either way I would perform any maintenance due during or after your trip now, so you don't have to worry about anything that is due to be replaced or maintained.

    And you should need the rest before the Ranger ever will. Just keep an eye on the guages here and there, and check fluids on your pit stops for any changes.
  • #963 gives great advise, but "just in case" take a cell phone, and keep an emergency supply of food, water and clothing.
  • I didn't mean to sound like you have to replace all items mentioned, just check them for wear and act accordingly.
  • And if you take it into a shop to get midnight's list done, I suggest you leave a couple of days between the service and the big trip. Just in case they leave any little surprises for you. Like the oil filler cap my dealer forgot to replace...
  • soco2soco2 Posts: 9
    Our 2000 Ranger Supercab 3.0 A/T is as we expected-- the compact pickup of choice. In 14,000 miles, the only problem has been a severe juddering in the steering system (solved per #13440, which attributes the complaint to "air ingestion into the power steering system [if] the wheel is turned when the engine is not running...."
    Comment: Replacing the original Firestone Wilderness HT's with Michelin LTX M+S tires gave us a noticeable improvement in both ride and handling precision.
    Question: I would appreciate a shock absorber recommendation. I want improved control (the originals are beginning to allow too much heaving on bumnps) and an increase (or at least no significant decrease) in ride quality. Oops-- just noticed post 946... but further info./opinion would be welcome
    Thanks in advance for comments/suggestions.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    At 74,000 miles on my original 1994 Ranger shocks, I just lately replaced them. Because.... well, just because they were old. I put bottom of the line Sears Monroe on, and I really think the new shocks are no better than the 8 year old ones I removed. It was a Sears half price sale and all 4 were $50+ tax.

    Do you really need new shocks at 14,000 miles?

    If so, most of the gung-ho Ranger addicts recommend Blienstin (sp). I bet one will cost what all 4 of my Monroe cost. Or, they also talk about the Ranchero 5000. Think that is the model number.
  • eharri3eharri3 Posts: 645
    It's a 95 4x2 rear drive 4 cylinder 5 speed, 92 thousand miles. I changed the fuel filter approximately 1000 miles ago. Since then mileage has gone down. I checked and rechecked the fuel line connections when putting the new one in and made sure the arrow to indicate flow pointed the same way as the old one. However, I have lost what seems to be about 40-50 miles in range. Used to be able to get about 375 miles before the needle was burued to the bottum line of the E the few times when I felt adventurous. Now it's maybe 330-340.

    Is it possible fuel filters are like what I've heard about new air filters in that it needs to get slightly clogged to be its most efficient? Can I expect maybe once the new Pep Boys filter is broken in that my mileage will go back up? OR should I take it out and get one from the dealer?
  • dugiedugie Posts: 2
    Bought this Ranger new in 1994, 4 banger 5 speed
    2x4 Supercab. It turn 241,000 miles last week. It blew a timing belt so now I'm thinking it's a signal to go shopping. Thinking of maybe upsizing to a F150....however this Ranger has been so good
    hard to decide. Got 103,000 mi on the first set of Firestone tires (on the 3rd set now),still has the original everthing water pump,alternator,clutch etc. except of course, timing belt serpentine belt, plugs. Diff. bearings got noisy about 150,000 mi. so had all replaced, and changed the shocks to Monroe gas shocks....OK, but definitely a harder ride.
    Anyway that's a testimonial to the Ranger. I've had many new cars thru the years, this is the first new PU and it's been great. Surprising the durability of the 4 banger.
    70% of the miles were Calif. mountains and freeway.
  • limanliman Posts: 32
    for your Ranger story. Good stuff.
  • I got my 93 2.3l auto, reg cab, up to 142,000 miles. Totally reliable vehicle, no matter how much I beat on it.(Owned it while I was 17-25 years old) Anyway the engine is a non-interferance engine, where the cam and crank can spin freely and the valves should never contact the pistons. While there could be some combustion damage, there should not be any metal to metal damage. So just make sure no plugs foul or smoke in the tailpipe and you will know your pistons and rings are still holding down the oil. But it's such a reliable engine that it should be just fine...

    But now I have a '03 3.0l regular cab with manaul. $2,000 dollar rebate off invoice was too much to resist, although I would love to see what the next remodel brings us.

    Eharri--->Could be that, your intank filter, or maybe just a bad filter.
  • dchinndchinn Posts: 64
    How much did U pay for your Ranger OTD including the rebate? Was yours a x/c w/ 2 or 4 drs? Thx. I strongly looking at one.

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