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3.0 OHV love it or hate it?

Since I have been on the Ranger forums I have noticed that it seems the 3.0 in the Rangers get a very bad rap due to their low power output and mediocre gas mileage, but praised on it's durability and longevity. What is the opinion over here?

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With the small about of work I've put into my Vulcan, it's performance is now acceptable. I do have the mindset that it's more fun to get a lower powered car to perform and do work because it's more fufilling and rewarding when a doggish car put a smile on your face.
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Both Tauri that ive owned came equipped with the vulcan. Yes, i do believe that they are underpowered for the chassis but at least Ford offered the duratec. With proper maintanance either one could last just as long as the other, but i do like the fact that the vulcan is simpler to work on, as far as engine design and space in the engine compartment.

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I owned 3 Vulcans before I got a 'Tec. They are a lot easier to work on, but after driving a Duratec for a while, I'm hooked. Those extra 55 horses make a Taurus a completely different animal!


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I like the Vulcan, very reliable engines. Simple maintenance, and decent power.


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Very reliable, easy to work on. If you want more power you have the option of the tec motor.


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I'm really indifferent, it is adequate for what I need. It's going outlast the car ... oh wait, it already has.

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They make a great boat anchor. An engine which makes 150hp should be getting 35+mpg highway.
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They make a great boat anchor. An engine which makes 150hp should be getting 35+mpg highway.

There are some on this forum who claim to get 35mpg from their Vulcan. I can only laugh hysterically at them.

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[QUOTE=Chingon;1600946]They make a great boat anchor. An engine which makes 150hp should be getting 35+mpg highway.[/QUOTE
I thought they were 145hp. OK for new drivers, like my 16 Y.O daughter. If you can love a Taurus with that few ponies under the hood, try a 'Tec. Guaranteed love affair!


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