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1997 Ranger 3.0/5 speed 4x4 towing capacity

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by McKay356, September 1, 2008.

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    1. McKay356

      McKay356 New Member

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      Howdy Folks,
      Thinking of buying a 96-99 Ranger 3.0/manual shift 4x4, and was wondering the tow capacity? I need to pull my boat about 30 miles to my favorite lake about once a week. The 4.0 engine would be better no doubt....but I am looking for decent fuel economy when the truck is not towing. My boat weighs 2500 lbs. Thanks for any info.
       
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      MountaineerGreen Towing Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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      Bad news for you- unfortunately the manual transmission prevents the truck from having a higher tow rating. My 93 3.0 5 speed is only rated for 1700 lbs or so. Many have towed more weight, but it is outside what is recommended by Ford. The Mazda transmission is a bit weak in certain areas. I'd think you could do it occasionally, but that's entirely up to you to decide. Whatever you do, get a decent tow hitch, many bumpers are bent every day towing on the factory bumper.
       
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      4x2, manual trans:
      regular cab:
      3.45 rear: 1800 lbs.
      3.73 rear: 2800

      Regular cab splash 4x2 or *special suspension*
      3.73: 2000 lbs.

      Supercab 4x2:
      3.45: 1500 lbs
      3.73: 2500 lbs

      Supercab 4x2 Splash or Special Suspension:
      3.73: 2000 lbs

      4x4 manual transmission
      regular cab, 4x4:
      3.73: 2400 lbs.

      Regular Cab 4x4 Splash
      3.73: 2500 lbs.

      Supercab 4x4
      3.73: 2100 lbs

      Supercab 4x4 Splash
      3.73: 2200 lbs.

      Clear as mud?

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      Thanks Joe.... after looking for some sites with info I got 2240 lbs with the 3.0. Not much......but enough.
       

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