Pics of 2.3L engine & underhood compartment in 2021 Bronco

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I was a big fan of the 4.0 OHV in the Ranger, but it felt a little overworked in an Explorer. The 4.0 SOHC introduced reliability issues when paired with an automatic transmission, don't remember the details but it was something dumb like if there was a slow coolant loss, the vehicle could potentially run for a very long time with no functionality of the transmission cooler before the radiator got low enough to trigger a coolant light .... which is kinda BS. Plus the extra timing chains on the SOHC were not well executed and added unnecessary complexity as compared to a pushrod. In any case, OHV was great with a manual and I'd put up with the SOHC but recognize its limitations. Both were so much better than the average fare of the 80s or 90s in my recollection, unless you are talking about Toyota.

In any case, I wouldn't say the engines themselves were junk for the time, but they did have their issues, especially the SOHC. Ford (and all manufactures) have drastically improved quality and manufacturing tolerances since the '90s. The issues on vehicles now are often failures of non-drivetrain components. So the defect rate per vehicle may be the same or slightly higher today, but that is more due increased complexity and not actual powertrain reliability issues.

To answer your question directly, no, no one makes junk like they used to anymore. They make junk differently these days :ROFLMAO:
Oh I vividly remember the details. 4.0 sohc was junk from day 1. But I can tell a story of a good ford v6 from that era. Seems nobody remembers 3.0 vin U. Really good motor. But this is all ancient history now! I quit the Ford dealership in 2004...i was hoping somebody w/thier finger on the pulse of Ford's current products could chime in?





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My fiance has a manual Crosstrek. It's actually an awesome little ride only let down by it's lack of power. The manual makes it tolerable though. But yeah, 152 hp really doesn't cut it.
If they made a Crosstrek WRX I'd actually consider buying one.
Yup i test drove the crosstrek couldnt believe how slow it was i think it 14 sec to 60,i told the salesman check the anchor i think were dragging.Got a focus st and was very impressed.
 

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Oh I vividly remember the details. 4.0 sohc was junk from day 1. But I can tell a story of a good ford v6 from that era. Seems nobody remembers 3.0 vin U. Really good motor. But this is all ancient history now! I quit the Ford dealership in 2004...i was hoping somebody w/thier finger on the pulse of Ford's current products could chime in?
3.0 Vulcan, I believe. Was underwhelming in the torque department and got about the same fuel economy as the 4.0, but was a real quiet and smooth motor. But you are right, ancient history. Sorry, other than anecdotally (I see them racking up plenty of miles in F150 form), I don't have a background in more recent Ford V6s.
 

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My favorite game working in the engine rooms on nuclear powered aircraft carrier. 7 months is a long time to be at sea. Someone sent a kid to find Fallopian Tubing. Took him a while.
last time i was on a carrier, fallopian tubing was plentiful to find. however, getting just that to the engine room would be much more challenging.
 

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Does anyone have pics under the hood in the production vehicles they have out now? Explorer, mustang f150? I have 2015 focus (non-turbo) and it is a little more dressed up than these.
 

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Does anyone have pics under the hood in the production vehicles they have out now? Explorer, mustang f150? I have 2015 focus (non-turbo) and it is a little more dressed up than these.
Here’s a photo of the 2.3 ranger engine bay from @vrewald14 post.

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Does anyone have pics under the hood in the production vehicles they have out now? Explorer, mustang f150? I have 2015 focus (non-turbo) and it is a little more dressed up than these.
20 ranger minus panties. Last pic is of alternator placement.

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Oh I vividly remember the details. 4.0 sohc was junk from day 1. But I can tell a story of a good ford v6 from that era. Seems nobody remembers 3.0 vin U. Really good motor.
The Vulcan was...okay. Heavy cast iron block and heads, weak on power - at its peak it only made 145hp/170tq. It was eclipsed by the Duratec 3.0 basically the second it came out as the Duratec made 200hp/200tq and had a nice light aluminum block and heads. The Duratec was a good engine - decent power and reliable, but never great on gas.

But this is all ancient history now! I quit the Ford dealership in 2004...i was hoping somebody w/thier finger on the pulse of Ford's current products could chime in?
The Cyclone (3.5/3.7) was an all-new design that replaced the Duratec for 2006. Again, decently reliable but not great on gas. That engine formed the basis for the 3.5 EcoBoost that Ford released in 2010 in the Taurus SHO and in the F-150 for 2011. The first couple years of 3.5 EcoBoosts had some timing chain issues that seem to have been resolved for 2013+ engines.

The 2.7/3.0 as seen in the Bronco were another total clean-sheet design built from the ground-up to be boosted to the moon and back. The most common issues with these seem to be with the composite (plastic) oil pan leaking. Functionally they seem to be working very well with a decent history behind them as they've been seeing hard use in the F-150 since 2015.
 

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Is that the farbulator fluid sensor next to the spinkulate muffler bearing ?
Mitsu has had muffler bearings since the nineties time for a new saying
 

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Mitsu has had muffler bearings since the nineties time for a new saying
Yup and diesels actually have to add some kind of exhaust fluid stuff lol times change but there is still the pnuematic fluid fill valve.
 

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Hello down there mr alternator i hope you never go bad lol 🙈 thanks for the clear pics👍
Thats why I took that pic. Alternator failure from being packed w/ mud appears to be a concern. I don't think it's hard to change it (from underneath), but it might be worth carrying a spare. 2.7 alt is mounted low as well. We will find out quick enough!
 

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