Re: 4 Cylinder Ranger XLT Ford or Mazda Engine?
I can't complain about any of my 2.3L engines, while my '94 is by far the slowest, mainly due to the rear axle ratio, the Pinto is by far much quicker.
The Pinto has a rear ration of 4.11:1 and has no problem with get up an go with a 4 speed manual. With that gear ratio it will move out just fine. I am considering making a rear change in the truck, the 3.08:1 rear just don't cut it. But it does give me an average fuel milage of 29 mpg. The Pinto does just as well, maybe better and there's far less tech in that car than in the 94 truck. The Pinto is lighter, and the gear makes pulling pretty effortless. The truck seems to always struggle a bit.
I've driven a '98 with a 3.55:1 rear and 5 speed, and it's at least three times faster than my '94, but probably not as quick as the Pinto. The Pinto has well over 600K on it (original engine as far as I know, got it showing 60K in 1984), and it's still going strong, I don't doubt that the engine will outlast the car.
The Ranger if anything seems to lack torque, but alot has to do with the tall gears, with the 3.55:1 rear in the Pinto, it's nearly imposible to stall, and it pulls like a tractor, but it's top speed is limited to about 75 mph, and at that I would assume that the engine is past it's redline. (Most Pintos with the 4 speed that I've seen came with a 2.73:1 rear).The 94 Ranger cruises in 5th gear doing 65 mph at around 1100 rpm or so. It doesn't feel comfortable in 5th until at least 75 mph, and at that speed, the truck starts feeling a bit light if the road isn't super smooth.