Long term reliability of the 2.3

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Man that article is a riot! Bunch of karens..........
the safety argument is a stretch, even when they couple it with the hearing loss concerns.

but, i do agree on the noise and environmental pollution concerns.
theres too many in my area to not be affected by the obnoxious sounds.

I get it....dont complain about airplanes when you live next to an airport....but I'm not living next to a racetrack, so.......

 

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The 2.0 and 2.3 Ecoboost engines have been around for quite a while with only problems coming from the Focus RS. My focus RS suffered the blown Head gasket issues with only 2,000 miles on it. Those motors are built and assembled in a separate plant from the rest.
 

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This is my first Ford vehicle that i’ve owned after being a die hard Chevy guy and I have no worry about reliability. I have had some issues with the truck, but all were very minor and silly (fender alignment, parking brake boot ripped). I think the powertrain is absolutely fantastic and I think people need to quit doing oil analysis reports at 2,000 miles and just drive the damn thing, it’s not even broken in yet. You have a 50,000 mile warranty so use it!
 

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86k on mine and the only issue I have is the heated seat quit working on drivers side . I change the oil every 10k or when the iolm tells me .. it’s been a great truck so far, still on the original brakes
 

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1. Electric wastegate will give the ECU finer control over the boost curve - better.
Orientation of compressor outlet is for packaging everything under the hood - wash.
2. Intake manifold is for packaging under the hood - wash.
3. Oil filter orientation is for packaging - wash. Oil cooler is a plus for engine long term reliability - better.
4. Engine driven fan, not sure why they did that, maybe for improved airflow - wash.
5. Cylinder Head mods for improved cooling will improve long term reliability and support the extra load on the engine when towing - better.
Dave, Have you seen any information about new connecting rods for the 2020+ motor? All I have is this video...
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Based on the video... The rod on the left is the 2020+ Ranger (and maybe mustang) the rod on the right is 2019 and earlier.
I did confirm that the rods available today for a 2019 and earlier 2.3 ecoboost have a replacement number (same number as 2020+ rods) and also found some NOS rods (with the old number) listed for the 2.3 ecoboost 2015-2019...? But that's it, still nothing official!
PS: I am looking for a new Ranger with a 7500 tow package. Still keeping the Mustangs, just upgrading my pick-up truck!!
 
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Based on the video... The rod on the left is the 2020+ Ranger (and maybe mustang) the rod on the right is 2019 and earlier.
I did confirm that the rods available today for a 2019 and earlier 2.3 ecoboost have a replacement number (same number as 2020+ rods) and also found some NOS rods (with the old number) listed for the 2.3 ecoboost 2015-2019...? But that's it, still nothing official!
PS: I am looking for a new Ranger with a 7500 tow package. Still keeping the Mustangs, just upgrading my pick-up truck!!
The rod on the right is bushed for floating wrist pins, the one on the left isn't but looks beefier.
 

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Having only owned a GDI vehicle for a little while before this (2.0l Kia) an no turbos prior, I am a bit concerned about the life of the engine. Honestly not very concerned about the fuel in oil as I mostly stick to 5k oil changes but the carbon build up to the extent that It happens is not something I was fully aware of and I'm a little uneasy on the possible costs that its going to take to keep it in good running order. Something like a 400 dollar walnut blasting service in 60,000 miles is reasonable enough but if it turns into a 20,000 mile service I probably won't be thrilled, although as the trucks have been out for 3 years now and we don't have a rash of people showing off pictures of their valves I am going to remain hopeful.
 
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The 2.3L doesn't have dual injections like the 2.7, so you'll experience carbon buildup. Oil catch-cans can help minimize carbon buildups as soon as possible.
You may have turbo wastegate issues in the future (rattle, boost leak, etc.). Turbochargers do this over time, but you should not see it until after 70K-100K miles.
https://cararac.com/blog/ford-2-3-ecoboost-engine.html
 
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I've had success with the both the Ecoboost motor and the Ranger!
I have an Ecoboost Fusion w/ 80k on it with zero problems, plus an Ecoboost Mustang that I track, again with zero problems.
And I'm driving Ranger #3 and again, have had zero problems!
 

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Any known, wide spread problems with this engine? I’ve heard and read about the gas in oil, but not sure if it’s a small number of problems. And what causes it?

Is the 2.3 in the Ranger the same exact engine that’s in the Explorer and mustang?

Im just curious about the strength and durability of the block and if it’s capable of handling a life of towing in the Rangers?

I’m trying to find out as much information on the 2.3. From what I’ve read it’s a semi open block, and it’s basically the same as the 2.0 ecoboost, but the 2.0 ecoboost is closed block and is said to be more robust?

Also, why hasn’t Ford gone with dual injection with this engine, like every engine in the F150?

Any information is appreciated.
36K and absolutely no issues with fuel or otherwise. I am over 25 MPG for the life of the vehicle so fuel is going where it is supposed to go.
 

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Based on the video... The rod on the left is the 2020+ Ranger (and maybe mustang) the rod on the right is 2019 and earlier.
I did confirm that the rods available today for a 2019 and earlier 2.3 ecoboost have a replacement number (same number as 2020+ rods) and also found some NOS rods (with the old number) listed for the 2.3 ecoboost 2015-2019...? But that's it, still nothing official!
PS: I am looking for a new Ranger with a 7500 tow package. Still keeping the Mustangs, just upgrading my pick-up truck!!
I'm glad the kept my 2 extra tie downs and gave me better connecting rods. Take that all you 2019 owners with extra parts!
 
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Having only owned a GDI vehicle for a little while before this (2.0l Kia) an no turbos prior, I am a bit concerned about the life of the engine. Honestly not very concerned about the fuel in oil as I mostly stick to 5k oil changes but the carbon build up to the extent that It happens is not something I was fully aware of and I'm a little uneasy on the possible costs that its going to take to keep it in good running order. Something like a 400 dollar walnut blasting service in 60,000 miles is reasonable enough but if it turns into a 20,000 mile service I probably won't be thrilled, although as the trucks have been out for 3 years now and we don't have a rash of people showing off pictures of their valves I am going to remain hopeful.
40K miles zero issues with the engine. 2019, drive mixed, don’t tow or carry heavy loads. Recent 1300 mile trip through 115 deg temps driving 80, temp gauge never moved from where it always is, no ping or knock on reg. Fuel. Just returned from a trip, less than 600 miles to an event in a ghost town high in the Inyo mountains, 8500’ elev. road to get there after the highway was an 8 mile dirt road with a 5K’ elevation climb on a narrow road! Average speed was 5 to 10 mph and starting temp was 106. No ping or knock and not 4WD. Truck was awesome. I had been considering trading in for a Maverick. I’m retired and was looking to reduce fuel costs. F**k that! I’m keeping the ranger. May trade in for a 4WD eventually because I like camping and I’m a rock hound. Was very easy to pack equipment into the truck. Maverick is smaller.
 

 
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