Re: Ranger 2.3 aluminum block engine
"rjh44" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> is this considered to be a good engine? is it made in the US?
I heard it is a Mazda engine, but that may be incorrect. Does anyone know?
Anyhoo, I had a 91 Ranger and now an 04. Doing 65 on the highway going up a
slight incline with a moderate load, the 91 felt like it was out of breath.
The 04 doesn't feel this way even though I have 3.73 gears. The 91 had 4.10
ratio. The 4.10 gears would be a better match for the DOHC engine since
power rolls in at higher RPMs. The 3.73 ratio make it feel lethargic in
normal lower rpm driving, however, fuel economy is great. I get 26-27 mpg
normally and I got 30mpg on a trip where 60% of the tank was burned on the
highway. I estimate I could get 32-34 mpg all highway. I should mention that
I have 5 speed trans in both cases. I'm not sure I'd want a 4 cyl with an