View Full Version : 2.9L Ford or 4.3L chev

09-28-2008, 12:07 PM
I'm stuck in a dilema.
I jsut purchased a house and will be movign in on oct 10th.. :) yeah me!!!!

anyways it is wood heated, my GF's mom has all kind sof wood but it is about 80km away.

My daily driver is a VW jetta for fuel economy, i get bout 1600km per tank of 60$.

now to my dilema, i wana get a cheap small 1/4 ton truck.

found 2 that have peaked my interest....

1 is a 1990 S-10 with the 4.3L 5 spd and a steal 8 foot box. 2WD
with just shy of 300 000km on it. needs cab corners but they are included all i need to do is install them. seeing as i don;t care how i looks, i will do it myself....motor also needs valve seals replaced. i'd leave that be and keep my eye on the oil level..only puffs when first started. price 450 obo

second truck is a 1992 ford ranger 2.9L 5 spd. 4X4 te guy says it has a lift, I'm going to assume body but he never said....it needs a u joint and front shocks. it has 250 000km and accordign to owner "no rust" asking 1200 obo

this is all thru email as of now. they are both located 2 hrs away.

i'm a chevy boy deep down...and the price is right..but not 4x4 where as the ford is a 4x4 and needs allot less work.

so I'm kinda leanign towards the ford...but seeign as I'm not a ford guy..are those 2.9L's any reliable? anythign i should look out for? besides the reg stuff.

I'm relatively mecanical...can;t do major work..but can do most of the smaller stuff myself.

so lets hear it everyone....gime your best shot... :) please...lol

09-28-2008, 01:34 PM
top end ticks but they'll run like that forever
i blew a head gasket on a ranger a few years back and drove it like that for a few months right up untill i scraped it, although i didnt have to[cheers]

im in a 87 ranger now and i get almost 400km to a tank 70 bucks to fill at 1.50 a L[36]
ive got a 97 astro van with the 4.3 in it....
pig on gas, absolutly horrible. go fuck yourself
now the s10 is probably lighter but meh

my 2 cents

:party0010: GO FORD GO!:party0010:

09-28-2008, 01:38 PM
Get a little trailer for the Jetta. :dontknow: Both trucks have a lotta kms and are sure to cost money when you don't need to spend money with the house and all...congratulations on that. [cheers]

09-28-2008, 01:54 PM
bakelite is right... unless you need 4x4 to get it. iv seen lotsa vw's with trailers

09-28-2008, 02:04 PM
the VW is a tad old and more miles...lol 1991 with only a tiny 1.8L and it is auto...very little power...have a hard time pullign itself up a hill..

i'm sure i could manage without a truck..but i kinda want one for the fun factor on weekends and what not..time to spoil myself a bit.

so we got 1 vote for ford and 2 votes for a trailler...anybody else got any ideas? they are both rather cheap... i'm really leanign towards the ford cuz of the 4x4 lets me have a way to work in our eastern snow storms....but havign a hard time to stray away from the chev...and not all too knowledgable on those 2.9L's

09-28-2008, 02:07 PM
if yah want cheap fun...ford all the way

Metal Mulisha
09-28-2008, 03:56 PM
Ya i would go with the Ford to. Both have high km's, but at least the Ford is a 4x4. The 4.3L will eat alot of gas.

09-28-2008, 04:04 PM
I've got the 2.9 in mine, lifted rolling 34's. We just hauled a full bed load of some really heavy wood the other day, and she did just fine. The only exception is going up a steep hill, it's a tad underpowered. As for mpg I'm seeing around 350-400 a tank, hope that helps.

09-28-2008, 04:06 PM
it helps allot mike....how may km on the 2.9? what should be expected? i am pretty good at maintaining my motors...

09-28-2008, 04:25 PM
mine's got 250,000. Runs awesome. No ticks or anything, and I've been less than gentle with it. It's an all around great little/(now big) truck, again, my only gripe is the power issue. I've got an exploder with the 4.0L and as soon (or if) the 2.9 gives up the ghost I'll throw a 4.0L into. It's a direct swap and exploders are a dime a dozen. Check out www.therangerstation.com (http://www.therangerstation.com) for more info on them.

here's mine..


09-28-2008, 04:35 PM
find yourself a Dakota

09-28-2008, 04:43 PM
mike what year is yours? anythign bout the 92? they say the earlier years of that gen the heads were bad...but they say the 92 wasn;t so bad...any idea bout the cost and how hard to change front shocks..to last me till next summer and then maybe i will get a real lift..and play

09-28-2008, 04:48 PM
I got an 86 ranger with about 475,000 on it.... only thing it had done, was a new cam and heads at 280,000 a heater core are 320,000 and a transmission at 400,000......

thats about as long as I have owned it. oh, and its a 2.9L 5 speed.

09-28-2008, 04:50 PM
Mine's a '91. I've heard that there were problems with the heads, but knock on wood so far so good. I did throw a rad from a 4.0L into it as it's bigger. I imagine that if you don't overheat the engine then you don't have to worry about it. As far as shocks go, it's super simple. Depending on what brand you go with, they'll probably run you anywhere from $50 - $100 a side and maybe an hour to change them.

This is the best shot I've got of the shock setup on them, 2 bolts & yer done!


09-28-2008, 04:56 PM
thanx mike trully a great help :)

really appreciate it. i think I'll go take a look at the ranger and see what kind of shape it is in.

boy will i be the laughting stock..a chevy boy witha ford...lol

09-28-2008, 05:03 PM
boy will i be the laughting stock..a chevy boy witha ford...lol

at least you'll finally have some culture in ya! :D [cheers]

09-28-2008, 05:24 PM
yeah yeah....rub it in....my old s-10 was unstopable...lol but alas was only 2wd...same as the one i am looking here...i put that motor thru hell and back...i didn;t wana put any $$ into it and didn;t do oil changes for 30 000+ km...ran it dry on oil allot and what oil was in it was more a tar and very thick...sank it thru the ice when doing donuts on the river and pulled it out drained the water and started right up...

those motors are bullet proof....and that is why this decision is so hard for me...4.3 i know is good...but the 2.9 I'm not very aware of it...

Jeep Victim
09-29-2008, 09:12 AM
I had a 2.9 with 300,000 on it,and it ran great and still got a good buck on the trade in.The truck is still driving around here in town and I traded it 6 years ago.

09-30-2008, 12:41 PM
2.9s Have weak heads, and since its stick dont worry about the slushy-autoboxes...

Had a 2.9 with 280k+ on it, peppy motor, always will have lifter noise. Great mileage.

As stated a, 4.0 rad helps tons with cooling on em. Lifts are cheap on em too...

09-30-2008, 01:29 PM
i always liked the 4.0L rangers, but ive heard of the 2.9L going well over 300,000km.