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Just watched the vidio and wasn't surprised. However the best part was reading all the comments :lol: :lol:
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Agree with Butch, the comments were worth the read and as for the speculation of the smaller engines longevity, only time will tell us all that.
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Pretty easy to see which category 2.0 haters fall into. The descriptions are pretty apt.

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Willobend wrote:Pretty easy to see which category 2.0 haters fall into. The descriptions are pretty apt.

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Geezzz, now that's an interesting read. I couldn't really define my category. Maybe I'm just unique 8-) ..........or not :oops:

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Nice one. Not surprised on the outcome at all having driven both. A good quantitative A/B comparison test is hard to come by so much appreciated. Youtube comments are mostly junk with the occasional insight from someone with a clue, so I pretty much knew what was going to be there even before I saw them.
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Correct me if i am wrong, the Ford manual says to tow in S, on the video he clearly states he is Auto!!
Don't know if this would have made much difference, but sure you would read the manual first
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Mmmm a rubber cam and oil pump drive belt, running in hot sooty diesel oil, changed every 15,000 Km. What could possibly go wrong. :lol: I'm sorry, you can't really do long term testing by computer simulation or accelerated testing. Running an engine at full throttle until it breaks is not the same as 10 years worth of start, stop, crap in engine accumulating cycles. The only way to see how reliable an engine is long term, is to run it long term.

And fortunately here's some proof of that: http://www.mechanicdublin.ie/services/f ... -wet-belt/ and https://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/t ... ming-belt/ There are lots more. Lets hope materials have improved.

Think I'' stick to my 3.2
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Gee using the wrong oil or missing regular servicing in a different engine can degrade the lifespan of a wet belt by 150,000km. Who would have thought.
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Never said it was the same engine, just the same technology, that why i said some proof, and as I said, I hope materials have improved since then.
But the warnings are there, how many on this forum run the exact Ford recommended oil in their engines right now, and for that matter how many dealers?
And servicing confusion already exists, why is it that Ford specify 15,000 Km oil change intervals, and Mazda 10,000 for the exact same engine? Possibly not a problem for most people here, who probably follow the severe service schedule if anything, I don't see many pushing out past 15,000 Km.
Still something for people buying the 2.0 litre with a view to severe use, / long term ownership to consider.
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That was an interesting video.

I watched it before I made my decision to go with the 3.2 engined Wildtrak.

A couple of interesting points.
Where they clipped the brakeaway lanyard - on one of the safety chains. Aren't they supposed to be affixed to somewhere separate to the towbar assembly?
No towing mirrors. Does this mean that the Ranger mirrors are adequate for towing a van or that these guys couldn't be bothered?
And finally, I like the idea of a wireless trailer brake controller. I'll investigate these before I decide whether to fit the Tow Pro Elite or maybe get one of them.
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cmar wrote:And servicing confusion already exists, why is it that Ford specify 15,000 Km oil change intervals, and Mazda 10,000 for the exact same engine?
Because Mazda specify a lower grade of oil.
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naddis01 wrote:
cmar wrote:And servicing confusion already exists, why is it that Ford specify 15,000 Km oil change intervals, and Mazda 10,000 for the exact same engine?
Because Mazda specify a lower grade of oil.
I thought Mazda was same as Ford specs for the 2.2 & 3.2 engines, usually increased sump capacity also plays a role in longer service intervals.
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See the multiple specs that Mazda allow. Ford only have the one.
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Interesting that Mazda specify 140 oil for the rear diff also. Is Ford sacrificing longevity to the fuel consumption gods? Or is 140 just overkill, I would probably use it by preference if towing.
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naddis01 wrote:See the multiple specs that Mazda allow. Ford only have the one.
Go read your ford service guide book, you can use SAE5W-30 that meets the specification defined by ACEA A5/B5-08
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That's correct but the Mazda you can also use the other ones listed in the table you posted. In the Ford you cannot.

By the way, PXII is WSS-M2C913-D.

Anyway, we are getting off topic.
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allover wrote:Correct me if i am wrong, the Ford manual says to tow in S, on the video he clearly states he is Auto!!
Don't know if this would have made much difference, but sure you would read the manual first
Does the manual really recommend to tow in Sport mode? I've looked and couldn't actually find anything. I've only ever heard it on the grapevine.
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Ducfat wrote:
allover wrote:Correct me if i am wrong, the Ford manual says to tow in S, on the video he clearly states he is Auto!!
Don't know if this would have made much difference, but sure you would read the manual first
Does the manual really recommend to tow in Sport mode? I've looked and couldn't actually find anything. I've only ever heard it on the grapevine.
Depends on which year ranger you have, all the PX1 models owner books have it printed where as I know it PX2 models onward the owners book does not mention towing in sports mode.
Ford knows how to confuse you! :o

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It says it in my PXII manual under the heading - Sports mode and manual shifting. It goes on to say - Note: When towing heavy loads or in hilly terrain, it is recommended that sport mode is selected. This will result in cooler transmission temperatures and additional engine braking.

I only know because I looked it up for a mate that was buying a second hand Ranger that had been towing a caravan.
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I have a 2020 PXIII with 2.0l bi-turbo & 10-speed and I can't find any guidelines in the manual referring to D or S or manual mode etc for towing.
Under Transmission it says "In Sport mode the transmission selects the optimum gear for best performance. This gear selection is typically lower than that of Drive".
Under Towing it just says "Use a low gear when decending a steep down hill slope", but it doesn't give any guidelines as to whether that should be done in D or S.

Just had mine out for it's first tow test today in preparation for getting away at Xmas. I used S mode as it seemed to make more sense given that I've got 3T hanging off the back.

Have to say I was mightily impressed. Towing our near 3T caravan and it was great. Can't compare it to the 3.2l, but I can compare it to my previous 200 Series and for me with the exception of initial acceleration from a standing start, the Ranger is a better tow vehicle. The 200 Series gets off the line faster, but the Ranger is better once at speed. It's more stable with it's longer wheelbase, is far better at keeping the motor in the torque band (due to having more gears) and pulls up hills way better. Towing with the 200 Series going up Mt Ousley out of Wollongong would have the 200 Series transmission getting damn hot by the top, and that is even holding it back a bit and running up at 70kph rather than the 80kph speed limit. The Ranger romped up it at 80kph today, and while the Ranger engine temps and trans temps are higher by design than the 200 Series under normal driving, they stayed very close to the normal temps even running up Mt Ousley. No sign of worryingly high temps at all. At one point I got stuck behind a truck and got down to about 40kph, and it still had the power to accelerate back to 80kph even running up the hill, and all without cooking the engine or transmission. I was very impressed.

For what I want and how I use it the Ranger beats the 200 series hands down. I only tow 3T, so not quite to the max, and otherwise the back of the Ranger isn't heavily loaded so I'm not pushing GVM or GCM limits. It seems to do everything I want brilliantly, and it also uses 3l/100km less fuel than the 200 Series in pretty much all conditions, including towing. Definitely a happy camper.
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That certainly is interesting comparing it to the 200 which I thought would have been better in most situations.
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I've had both and have to say the 2.0 is the nicer engine. The only downside is that it sounds like a sewing machine. Hey, it might not last as long in 300,000 kms, but i trade at 100kms and wont own the ute then anyway. In the meantime id rather have a nicer smoother engine.

BUT...... The fuel economy is exactly the same between the 2.0 and 3.2 over 30,000 kms so far. 7.* litres is a crock of s***.
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Rbjet wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:28 am 200 which I thought would have been better in most situations.
Why?
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butch. wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Rbjet wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:28 am 200 which I thought would have been better in most situations.
Why?
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Mainly due the weight of the 200 adding to stability and more torque than a Ranger.
I've never towed with a 200 though so no idea what they're like.
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And you'd be right. It's weight is generally an asset in terms of stability, and the fact that it's permanent 4WD, and it's additional torque means it gets underway better. The 2 main issues I had with it in terms of towing are that the wheelbase is too short which can allow some fore-aft pitching, and the transmission is archaic. It relies far too much on the torque convertor which then generates way too much heat. Add to that the fact that the engine is in a really low state of tune for it's capacity, especially considering the bulk it is carrying, and the transmission needs to work even harder. A better transmission would change the whole vehicle, and likely improve fuel economy massively as well.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's terrible. Clearly it's not given the number of them out there used for towing, but it's far from the ideal and perfect towing platform that it is touted as. In many respects it is typical of conservative (or lazy depending on your perspective) Toyota. They done enough with it to make it good, but they've done no more than they had to. In so many areas it could have (and should have given the price they charge) been much better with a few relatively minor tweaks. All in all not a bad vehicle, but for what I need the Ranger seems better.
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It'd be interesting comparing a 200 with a tune, lock up converter and good suspension to the Ranger then.
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