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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 15-04-19, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Ford Ranger 3.2

I have nothing against the Ranger, a good looking pickup. But that 3.2 engine!

It produces only slight more power than the Navara, in spite of having nearly 50% more capacity, but the noise...

I passed on on the M40 last week, I could actually hear the engine as I passed it ( no, the windows were shut)

Out cycling yesterday, one slowed then passed me. It sounded like somebody had opened the doors to hell, easily the loudest engine of any vehicle that passed me in my 2 hour ride.

I've never driven one, but the cabin must be well soundproofed otherwise the drivers would surely become deaf.
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I've been in Wildtraks a few times, as they are popular for towing 5th wheels. The truck is a good tower, and can be uprated to give you 7t GTW, which in handy. The cabin is good too.

The engine however, is from a US Transit van, and really does sound like a bag of bolts, especially when compared with say a Nav V6, but also compared with other 4cyl truck engines (even if they have 5cyl). It is also surprisingly thirsty. Nevertheless, it is a pickup truck we talking about, so most folk have other priorities. For me, driving our rig to and from the Algarve, I prefer the serenity of a V6 as towing is tiring enough as it is...(and nearly 20% more torque helps in the mountains)

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Iíve tested one extensively prior to selecting the Navara, and we also have a poverty-spec one in the fleet at work at the moment.

IMHO the Navaraís characteristic huffing in first gear is substantially more intrusive than the 3.2 from inside the cabin. Canít comment on what either sound like from outside.
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Huffing? Is that normal for an NP300?

Even inside a Wildtrak, the engine seems a bit rough and "dieselly" to me, but I'd consider one....
Is the 3.2 gone now, anyway, in the latest Rangers?

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Huffing? Is that normal for an NP300?

Even inside a Wildtrak, the engine seems a bit rough and "dieselly" to me, but I'd consider one....
Is the 3.2 gone now, anyway, in the latest Rangers?


I describe it poorly, but it features in a number of posts here (usually people complaining first gear performance is poor - not actually true when measured against the stopwatch, but different description of same problem). When you first put the pedal down from standstill, you get what seems like a lot of induction noise for little perceived acceleration. It sounds like induction roar to me, but I have a snorkel.

I really noticed this when first testing the NP300 but I no longer do.
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I describe it poorly, but it features in a number of posts here (usually people complaining first gear performance is poor - not actually true when measured against the stopwatch, but different description of same problem). When you first put the pedal down from standstill, you get what seems like a lot of induction noise for little perceived acceleration. It sounds like induction roar to me, but I have a snorkel.

I really noticed this when first testing the NP300 but I no longer do.
i actually really like that sound.... lol
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Sitting in the Ranger is a nice place to be. I do like Ford, and have had many Ford cars over the years. However, in a side-by-side, test-for-test, in my opinion, the Navara gets it every time against the Ranger.

With regard to the Navara slow speed sound, the loudest sound in first gear whilst manoeuvring is probably the cooling fan combined with a little induction, and a sprinkle of turbo whistle.

I have to admit, I really like it too.

Na, don't do that yourself, best take it to the garage.
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When you first put the pedal down from standstill, you get what seems like a lot of induction noise for little perceived acceleration.
Right at that moment, there is one almighty amount of torque being transferred to the wheels.

Na, don't do that yourself, best take it to the garage.
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Haven't heard of that sound thing before - do the manuals sound different to the autos, perhaps? Most of my towing mates choose autos for obvious reasons...

All I know with the older V6 is that you go from serenity in normal driving to an alarming, furious howl (not unpleasant but lots of it) when you kick-down to pass the dawdlers....Even one's wife will say "bloody hell, it shifts!", just after she assumed you have no space left to overtake, and grips the seat.....

Anyway, Rangers are worthy contenders....

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I looked into the 3.2 Wildcat before ordering my N-Guard. The current model specs put me off, no keyless entry, no led drls, no led headlights, no front or side cameras and the interior is no where near the Tekna NP300. In my desire to get the best price for my new NP300 I explored every avenue including adhoc dealers ie out of city non franchised retailers with a dealer discount , the good thing about this type of dealer is they have a reseller discount for most brands and thus can give an un bias opinion, the 3.2 Ranger was frowned upon, they too said much noise for little action.

The best trade in value by some margin @ £15000 exc VAT for my 2016 NP300 Tekna was against a new 3.2 Ranger because they are on their way out to be replaced by the more powerful 2.0ltr twin turbo 10 speed auto due imminently so 3.2's need to go.
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