Does the 2.3 in the new Rangers have a timing chain or belt ? How does the 2.3 compare to the 3.0 V6 in terms of gas mileage or reliability. My current ranger has the 3.0 which I am very happy with. All I have done is change the plugs, oil/filter, air filter and fuel filter with this 3.0 - no problem at 150,000 miles. My next Ranger may be the 2.3. Mostly highway driving at about 70 to 80 mph getting about 24 to 25 mpg.
I am very curious to know if the 2.3 would be as trouble free and economical.
The 2.3 from my experience, and what I've heard, is a very reliable and strong motor, just not REALLY powerful. in terms of fuel economy, it is pretty good. my carbed 2.3 seems to be getting around 20-26mpg or more doing around 50-60mph. I kinda like it.
The Duratec 2.3L has a cam chain and as far as I can tell from searching this site and the internet it is very reliable. The best mileage I have gotten, ( at least when I checked ), was 29mpg and that was with a light load in the back. Mine is an '04 reg cab with auto. I have heard of some with the stick getting over 30mph on the highway.