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2.3L reliability

jdogi

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Ford makes some damn good turbo 4s. I had a focus st running on an e30 blend for 3+ years with a 2.0. Now I'm running e30 on my 1.6 for about the same time. I could easily swap a turbo and reliably make 370hp to the ground all day. 2.3 in the mustang has been running strong from what I've read. I'll be going with the 2.7 though just cause it's a bigger vehicle and I would like the most power potential.
Dying to know. You daily drive an e30 tune? Do they have mixer pumps, or e30 directly from the pump where you're at?

I was on a full e85 tune in my BRZ before I decided to just supercharge it. It was getting too difficult to find "real" e85 in my parts, especially in the winter months. I'd have to test the fuel, because they'll happily flow e70 (or worse) out of the pumps marked e85 here. Then I'd have to switch to the e70 tune.

I'd honestly love to go e30. I might have to reinvestigate the practicality of this in regards to my local filling stations.



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Dying to know. You daily drive an e30 tune? Do they have mixer pumps, or e30 directly from the pump where you're at?

I was on a full e85 tune in my BRZ before I decided to just supercharge it. It was getting too difficult to find "real" e85 in my parts, especially in the winter months. I'd have to test the fuel, because they'll happily flow e70 (or worse) out of the pumps marked e85 here. Then I'd have to switch to the e70 tune.

I'd honestly love to go e30. I might have to reinvestigate the practicality of this in regards to my local filling stations.

I mix at the pump, pretty easy. E85 doesn't really change down here in the winter. I've been using the same station for about 5 years without a problem. I never not run it unless I travel.
 

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Would nice to see a real flexfuel kit come out for these.

back in 2012 when I was first tuned for E85 on my STi, it had to be E85 or 93. Nothing in between. I had to test it at the gas station with test tube before putting in my car lol. Got a lot of looks! Last year I got Cobb flexfuel kit which Allows me to put any combo of fuel in between 93 and any level of Ethanol. This is good because I filled up couple of weeks ago with Crap E85 that only registered E60.
 

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Would nice to see a real flexfuel kit come out for these.

back in 2012 when I was first tuned for E85 on my STi, it had to be E85 or 93. Nothing in between. I had to test it at the gas station with test tube before putting in my car lol. Got a lot of looks! Last year I got Cobb flexfuel kit which Allows me to put any combo of fuel in between 93 and any level of Ethanol. This is good because I filled up couple of weeks ago with Crap E85 that only registered E60.
Yea, E60 in the summer... that's pretty bad. I really wish that we had some of those slick "mixer pumps" that basically let you choose your ratio and mix it on the fly. It just seems that the whole corn gas things has subsided somewhat since we started fracking oil like mad.
 
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I am looking into that, but still going to assess how well everything comes out with the Bronco. I have only owned manuals, so I would be pretty hard pressed to move out of one.

*edit* I would say I am still in the research phase, but got my reservation in none the less.
Sounds like you and I have the same thought process. Playing devil's advocate, what would you have to find out to make you switch to the 2.7L and therefore the automatic?
 

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I feel a bit fortunate. Since I'm planning to go with a 2-door and the Badlands, I'll have less weight along with the 4.7 final drive gears. It would be a much more challenging decision if I was going with a 4 door, an automatic, or a model with taller gears.

Still, I think the people who are holding their breath, hoping that the 2.3 will be enough, are going to be pleasantly surprised by the performance. This is not a four banger TJ from 2004.

EDIT: Sorry, I just realized that this is the reliability thread, so my reply isn't terribly relevant.
 

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I feel a bit fortunate. Since I'm planning to go with a 2-door and the Badlands, I'll have less weight along with the 4.7 final drive gears. It would be a much more challenging decision if I was going with a 4 door, an automatic, or a model with taller gears.

Still, I think the people who are holding their breath, hoping that the 2.3 will be enough, are going to be pleasantly surprised by the performance. This is not a four banger TJ from 2004.

EDIT: Sorry, I just realized that this is the reliability thread, so my reply isn't terribly relevant.
It's not completely irrelevant, either. An overworked 4-banger may be "enough," but will wear out faster than a V6 or V8 that's "too much engine."

A 4 cylinder that is "more than enough" may be disappointing to the size queens power posse, but will still be plenty to last the lifetime of the vehicle.
 

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