Change order or ride it out on 2.3L?

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One of the primary deciding factors between 2.3L and 2.7L for me was that in addition to the up front cost, I'd be paying more for it over time with worse MPG;however, it seems with the Black Diamond that is not the case. I'm now debating hard on whether I should switch to the 2.7L, but with a 7/14 reservation and no Vin yet I keep doubting thinking that if I switch now it'll just throw my undetermined build date even further out? Realistically what are we looking at here?

Nobody knows so why concern yourself?

2.3Ls are less constrained stick with what you've got and you'll likely get it sooner.

It won't have any effect switch.
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Did you get auto or stay with manual? The small difference in mileage will take a long time for a return on the 2.7 offsetting the cost but get what you want.
 

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Order what you want. I added Squatch. I am willing to wait. Not going to compromise options just to get it sooner and then be disappointed when I get it and regret not getting what I wanted.
 

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I was previewing w/2.3 in my build. Didn’t get a vin. Decided to switch to 2.7, got a vin the very next Thursday. I think the 2.7 is as available as the 2.3 right now. Just my .02. Good luck!
 

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IMO pinching pennies on gas mileage on a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a brick & large tires will be over shadowed by the benefit of an engine with more torque. Once you load the vehicle down with gear all hope of getting fair gas mileage is out the window if the motor is working harder to pull hills or climb through trails.
 

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One of the primary deciding factors between 2.3L and 2.7L for me was that in addition to the up front cost, I'd be paying more for it over time with worse MPG;however, it seems with the Black Diamond that is not the case. I'm now debating hard on whether I should switch to the 2.7L, but with a 7/14 reservation and no Vin yet I keep doubting thinking that if I switch now it'll just throw my undetermined build date even further out? Realistically what are we looking at here?

Nobody knows so why concern yourself?

2.3Ls are less constrained stick with what you've got and you'll likely get it sooner.

It won't have any effect switch.
Assuming that they prioritize reservation orders for 2.7L above dealer stock production, it seems like there will be plenty of 2.7L available until the hard top issue is resolved. No data, just a guess.

Despite mpg ratings, I expect 2.7L will be worse if you take advantage of the extra power. You can run 87 in the 2.7 to save $ when needed.
 

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One of the primary deciding factors between 2.3L and 2.7L for me was that in addition to the up front cost, I'd be paying more for it over time with worse MPG;however, it seems with the Black Diamond that is not the case. I'm now debating hard on whether I should switch to the 2.7L, but with a 7/14 reservation and no Vin yet I keep doubting thinking that if I switch now it'll just throw my undetermined build date even further out? Realistically what are we looking at here?

Nobody knows so why concern yourself?

2.3Ls are less constrained stick with what you've got and you'll likely get it sooner.

It won't have any effect switch.
Get the 2.7, always go bigger and you won't have any regrets. No replacement for displacement.
 

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I’m an early res holder as well with no vin. At this point it’s clear that the order process is hosed.

I’d order what you want and get it when you get it. I think settling for something less than what you want will only make you angry in the long run.

At this point I highly doubt I’ll see my Bronco this year, but at least when I get it will be what I want.
 
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I beat engine choice around in my big old dumb head for a long time. Opinions were numerous, but it eventually boiled down to which engine did I really want. My gut said just get the 2.7L. because that's what you want anyway. Now I won't be riding down the road thinking, "I wish......"

Good luck on your decision. It really is ultimately yours to make.
 

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I've never heard anyone regret getting the larger engine option.
 

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I was previewing w/2.3 in my build. Didn’t get a vin. Decided to switch to 2.7, got a vin the very next Thursday. I think the 2.7 is as available as the 2.3 right now. Just my .02. Good luck!
I immediately got a VIN after adding towing. There are too many variables to be able to effectively game the system so it's not worth stressing over. Get what you want.
 

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One of the primary deciding factors between 2.3L and 2.7L for me was that in addition to the up front cost, I'd be paying more for it over time with worse MPG;however, it seems with the Black Diamond that is not the case. I'm now debating hard on whether I should switch to the 2.7L, but with a 7/14 reservation and no Vin yet I keep doubting thinking that if I switch now it'll just throw my undetermined build date even further out? Realistically what are we looking at here?

Nobody knows so why concern yourself?

2.3Ls are less constrained stick with what you've got and you'll likely get it sooner.

It won't have any effect switch.
The trouble with buying a car you can't test drive, is that you cant personally test out engine choices. I chose the 2.7 because I'm familiar with it in my F150, and because it has 2 injectors per cylinder over 1 in the 2.3, theoretically meaning better cleaning & longevity. However, I'm wondering if id be fine with the 2.3, which has a good reputation, gets better mileage, puts less weight on the front end, and costs less. I have a VIN, so I'm not changing now!

Personally, I'm not into removing things essential to the car just to get it a few months earlier. If I went to a smaller engine, it would be because I decided that engine is the better choice for my use, not to get the car more quickly. I got lucky with an earlier production schedule (but that has changed 3 times). But i won't delete items. I'll wait.

You have to guess based on what you see and hear, and study and learn, what it best for you. Then, enjoy the wait. It's hard to make a bad choice in this Bronco adventure, so enjoy the ride!
 

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I had a similar “well crud” moment when seeing the BD mpg. I’m sticking with the 2.3 because I don’t have the budget to up my build and more power just isn’t important for what I’m doing. I’m not really sweating it but I’ll admit it does have me thinking about letting my first reservation go by and picking up my Granger October reservation instead though. Maybe use the savings for the 2.7 or switch to better mpg in the OBX and spend the savings on the high package. My first reservation is also 7/14.

Thought regarding BD MPG: Anyone ever remove steel plates and just put them back on when going off road? Between that and a rear seat delete maybe I’d buy a little fuel economy? Just spitballing.
 
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