- Aug 6, 2007
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At work, I drive a Ranger with the Duratech. It has almost 195,000 miles on it and still runs like brand new. It has also been beat on hard all it's life and has been poorly maintained. It's a very peppy and fun engine. I'm sure it would be a blast if it were hooked up to a manual transmission. After driving that truck, I'm would buy a Duratech in a heartbeat if I needed a 2wd Ranger.Aren't the duratecs mazda/mazda design engines? If so, I want nothing to do with them. I had more problems with my b2200 engine wise than I could count.
There was a time when the Lima and the 3.0 haven't proven themselves. Every engine was a "new design" at some point and nobody knew what their long-term reliability would be until they've driven them for a few hundred thousand miles. An engine can't "prove itself" when it's brand new, it takes years for that to happen. So we'll just have to wait a while, and the Duratech will prove itself (or not) in a few years. But as I've said before, the Duratech has already proven itself to me.i'm just tired of good solid reliable designs being replaced with stuff that hasn't really proven itself.
theres also a huge difference between a power sucking AX?? and a real five speed. even with 3.73's and 31's i can still chirp tires in second on dry pavement. not bad for an engine originally intended as an introductory class sedan motor.The wife's Taurus has a 3.0 Vulcan
Melting parts? The odds of melting something in an aluminum engine are no greater than melting pistons. It happens, but it is due to a problem that has been neglected. A fair amount of aluminium engines produced in the last ten years are also capable of cooling themselves if they start running too hot. The Duratec engines are capable of running for short distances in "limp mode" without coolant. You wanna try that with any of the cast iron engines that have been used in the Rangers?Bill, what can I say, I hate aluminum engines. I get tired of dealing with melting parts, stripped parts, etc. I am not a fan of 3 and 4 valve per cylinder engines. More to go wrong.
As to the b2200....
I had valve noise, the damn thing leaked a few quarts a week, you couldn't see though the oil smoke when you started it, and the carb was screwy....nobody could get it to work right...it would always run rich, leading to stalling. This led to plug fouling every few weeks.
The rest of the truck was in pretty sad shape too.
What is amusing to me, is I don't really care about the technology anymore, I just want the damn car to go down the road. Simple is good, rebuldable and field repairable is good. I have too much other crap to do without having to deal with the truck that I am trying to do work with being broken at the same time.