2.3 Shaping up to be the better Engine?

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I'm anti-4dr but it doesn't seem like a couple hundred pounds would make that big a difference. That's just 1 passenger.
A 4 door with the 2.7 is like 5,300 lbs. I think the 2 door with a 2.3 is around 4,300 or so. I haven't looked in awhile but that's a big difference.
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A 4 door with the 2.7 is like 5,300 lbs. I think the 2 door with a 2.3 is around 4,300 or so. I haven't looked in awhile but that's a big difference.
That's like a stripper base 2dr vs fully loaded 4dr. Like for like the difference is a couple hundred pounds in the body, another hundred or so in the engine. My 2dr 2.3 BL is still creeping up on 5k.
 

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The 2.3 has historically been plagued by a variety of issues. The 2.7 has not. Kinda surprised by the anecdotes.
 

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I'm curious how many on this thread have driven both? It seemed like a huge difference to me. I have driven a 2.7 4dr, 2dr and a 2.3 4dr.
 

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That's like a stripper base 2dr vs fully loaded 4dr. Like for like the difference is a couple hundred pounds in the body, another hundred or so in the engine. My 2dr 2.3 BL is still creeping up on 5k.
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The 4 door base 2.7 is 4,476
2 door 2.3 is 4286...
negligible difference.
 

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I am a dealer and I see a lot of Ecoboost Mustangs with less than 100k miles in the inop lanes due to engine problems. It seems like the the 2.7 is going the way of the IMS bearings in the Porsche 996s, which is overhyped by internet forums.
 

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The 2.3 and 2.7 are both good engines but I wish Ford would push out a V8 before the big GOV. Makes it harder for companies to produce them because of regulations.
 

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I am a dealer and I see a lot of Ecoboost Mustangs with less than 100k miles in the inop lanes due to engine problems. It seems like the the 2.7 is going the way of the IMS bearings in the Porsche 996s, which is overhyped by internet forums.
You're talking about the 2.3L correct? What type of problems? Please be specific.
 

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Also I haven't heard about any issues with the 2.3. Zero.
You missed the thread earlier this week regarding issues with the bottom-of-engine-mounted alternator in the 2.3 due to water exposure.
 

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Just curious what people think about both the 2.3 and the 2.7 since the Broncos release out into the wild.

I have no first hand experience with driving either engine in the Bronco but I did own the 2.3 in my Ecoboost Mustang. In short it was great in the Mustang.

So I ask this for a couple of reasons. It's seems in a lot of You tube reviews both the 2.3 and the 2.7 get similar 0 to 60 times when testing acceleration. Of course the 2.7 is a little faster but not by much. The reason being even though the 2.7 is more powerful it also weights more which negates the power advantage and makes the front end heavier. So it makes sense.

Another reason I ask is because for some still waiting for their Broncos order to be filled it seems the 2.7 is a major constraint and is the hold up. Switch to the 2.3 and boom your order will be filled faster and your Bronco will get built.

The biggest and most important reason I ask this is because of the recent issues with the 2.7s dieing. I don't know if this is because of the pandemic and Ford had to switch to a different 3rd party supplier for critical parts or what but it seems it's definitely a thing. Plenty of people on this very forum had their 2.7 engines fail. Reliability is pretty dam important when it comes to your engine.

I should note that my Bronco reservation and order is for the 2.7 as of now so I'm not cheerleadering the 2.3 or biased.

So with all this in mind is the 2.3 shaping up to be the better choice for the Bronco?
I am no expert and I have driven both in a 4 door. The 2.3 was peppy and felt great. The 2.7 just sounds more fun. I ordered a 2 door with the 2.7 because I want it to feel a little more nimble (for a brick). I think anyone making assessments of the engines are just people speculating. This engine in this car is new and it will be some years and thousands of broncos later that will determine how they are performing. Lets revisit this thread in 2025
 

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I know it has more torque. But if it weights a lot more then the 2.3 and the real world performance is similar does it matter that it has more torque on paper?
From what I found the weight difference between a 2.3 vs a 2.7 is just over 20 lbs. I don’t think that minor weight difference has much of an impact on 0-60. I haven’t seen a comparison, but I bet the 2.7 is considerably better at the 30-50 and/or 50-70 accelerations.
 

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The 2.3 is more proven, maybe you could say reliable however it has some known maintenance that must be performed as the engine ages.

I've driven the 2.3 only and have found the acceleration to be adequate but I also haven't really laid into either demo I've had out of respect to the vehicles themselves (one had 43 miles, the other had 650 miles).

Keep in mind though the bump up to the 2.7 isn't so you can have a faster 0-60 time. It is for the torque available when needed in off road situations. I think the 2.3 will again be adequate in these situations but the 2.7 will be the better performer (obviously).

I went with a 2.3 for price, and to get the vehicle sooner. I do plan to only fill with 93 and the power pack as well through Ford. Doing those things should make the 2.3 quite stout.
 
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