Ford’s Ranger compact pickup truck was a best-seller during the 1990s thanks to its rugged simplicity and dependable performance. Produced from 1983 to 2011, the Ranger was available with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as two- and four-wheel drive. Although it was smaller than a traditional half-ton pickup, it was no less a workhorse and remains a favorite in the used truck market today.
Availability: 1990 ford ranger specs
Available with a choice of two cabin sizes and two body lengths, the 1990 Ranger was sold with either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine or one of several six-cylinder powerplants. Ford offered a 2.9-liter V-6 engine in the Ranger from 1986 to 1990, when the 2.9-liter V-6 was replaced by a more modern 3.0-liter V-6. In 1990, the 2.9 Tiller V-6 was optional on regular cab models and as standard equipment on all-wheel drive “Super Cab” models. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions were also offered.
2.9-liter V-6 specs: ford ranger 2.9 v6
The 2.9-liter V-6 produced 140 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 170 pound-feet at 2,600. The 2.9-liter V-6 used a single overhead cam and a pushrod actuated valvetrain. The bore and stroke measure 3.7 and 2.8 inches, with a compression ratio of 9.0 to 1. Ford’s 1990 EEC-IV engine management system controlled multi-port electronic fuel injection providing 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
Dimensions & Capacities – 1990 ford ranger 4 cylinder specs
In the Ranger, the 2.9-liter V-6 contained 5 liters of oil and 7.2 liters of coolant in the air-conditioned models. Rangers without air conditioning had 7.8 quarts. Fuel capacity was 16.3 gallons for the regular cab models and 19.6 gallons for the 1990 Ranger extended cab. The Regular Cab Short Bed Ranger was the smallest and lightest in the family at 176.5 inches long and 2,820 pounds. With a long bed and a regular cab, the Ranger was 188.5 inches long and weighed 2,857 pounds. Extended cab models were available with a single bed option and were 193.7 inches long and weighed 3,128 pounds. Although small, the Ranger was rated to carry up to 1,600 pounds in the regular cab and 1,300 in the extended cab form.
Reliability and Upgrades: 2.9 6-Cylinder Ford Engine
During its production run, the 2.9-liter V-6 was plagued with long-term quality issues, from cracked cylinder heads in pre-1989 models to persistent valve train noise due to poor greasing. Leaky valve caps were also a common problem. The 3.0-liter V-6 that replaced the 2.9-liter offered improvements in reliability and performance. Horsepower jumped to 145, and while the 3.0-liter V-6 had slightly less “torque-y” than the 2.9-liter, fuel economy increased to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Later Rangers were also available with a larger 4.0-liter V-6. The 4.0-liter V-6 eventually replaced the two smaller engines and was sold alongside the 2.3-liter four-cylinder as the upgraded engine option.